Reports came in that different US officials are frustrated because the inaction showed by Turkey in aiding the fight against ISIS. Particular concern appears because of a failure to get involved and prevent militants to overrun Kobani.
Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with John Kerry and national security council members to talk about the reluctance shown by Turkey in fighting the Islamic State. Concerns appear because Turkey is a NATO ally and still refused to offer any type of assistance to the coalition led by the US, which targets Syrian ISIS sites with air strikes.
As John Kerry made numerous calls for intervention to the Turkish government, the US does not want to send ground troops. The Obama Administration is asking for Turkish ground military support.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President, refuses to commit military forces, although the Turkish parliament voted and allowed military action. The concern is that such actions would help Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president, maintain power, which is not something that Turkey wants. At the same time, the country wants to remove the ISIS threat.
Ankara declared that it wants help from the US to establish a northern Syria no-fly zone, although such a zone is already de facto in place. The US wants to see Turkey join the coalition so that it can secure the border area between the country and Syria, a region that currently sees heavy military conflict.
According to an unnamed US official that was quoted by the New York Times:
“There’s growing angst about Turkey dragging its feet to act to prevent a massacre less than a mile from its border. After all the fulminating about Syria’s humanitarian catastrophe, they’re inventing reasons not to act to avoid another catastrophe. This isn’t how a Nato ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone’s throw from their border.”