The war against ISIS was close to moving towards Turkey as the country’s air force bombed Kurdish fighters, with a death toll of over 35 people. The Kurdish minority was angered by the Ankara government refusing to help protect Kobani from the assault of the Islamic State.
According to Hurriyet, Turkish warplanes attacked PKK targets on Sunday in Turkey. This marks the first air strikes ever since the peace process started in the country 2 years ago. All strikes were reported by media outlets that are sympathetic towards PKK.
A coalition of Arabic states led by the US is currently attacking the Islamic State through air strikes. ISIS has control of large areas in Northern Iraq and in Syria, gaining more ground in past months. The Turkey turmoil highlights the danger in the area since every Middle Eastern country is involved in one way or another.
Turkey refused to join the US in their fight against the Islamic State unless Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president, is confronted.
The ISIS fighters are slowly moving into Kobani, which is mainly housing Kurdish individuals. The UN said that thousands can be massacred right in view of the Turkish tanks that are refusing to intervene.
The outcome in Kobani is to wreck the efforts of the Ankara government to end the over 30 years insurgency caused by PKK militants. The conflict so far killed over 40,000 people but a peace process started in 2012.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had the Kurds peace process as a main focus since he gained office. Now there is a potential collapse in the peace that has been holding for 10 years.