ISIS versus PKK: główne wyzwania tureckiej polityki bezpieczeństwa
ISIS vs. PKK: Key Challenges of Turkey’s Security Policy
Turkey’s political and military actions seem to be aimed not so much against the so-called Islamic State as against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is perceived as a threat to the Turkish state. Consequently, contrary to the expectations of the European Union and other Western partners, Turkey’s involvement in the fight against the self-proclaimed caliphate is unlikely to be deep, because the government in Ankara fears the Islamic State less than a potential establishment of some form of Kurdish authonomy on its territory. After the Suruç terrorist attack Turkey joined the U.S.-led coalition and in 2016 even launched a military operation in Syria, but its operations are rooted first and foremost in determination to fight the peshmerga – Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq and Syria.