July 31, 2015
The latest events in northern Syria constitute a bold move by the Turkish leadership to deal with a most pressing problem, from its point of view.
That problem is not the continued existence of the Assad regime, far to the south. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would certainly like to see the end of this regime. But its continued truncated existence between Damascus and the coast and in isolated spots elsewhere does not constitute an immediate danger for the Turkish leader.