These terrorist groups have been depicted in the Western media as "freedom fighters" with the claim that they were fighting against Daesh.
Since the start of the counter-Daesh campaign, CENTCOM has been in charge but despite Daesh’s territorial defeat, CENTCOM isn’t willing to handover the power it shouldn’t have obtained in the first place.
’” What are the difference between these teenagers and the teenagers joining Daesh? The PKK does not abstain from organizing horrendous terror attacks, using suicide bombers, smuggling arms and drugs, engaging in intra-organizational killing, and all kinds of torture.
” (Daily Sabah, 2017) Turkey opened İncirlik airbase in southern Turkey with Saudi Arabia’s warplanes participating in the battle against DAESH forces, led by the United States.
in Syria are to ensure the defeat of Daesh, force Iran out of Syria and change the behavior of the Assad regime.
The main driving factor behind the mobilization capacity of the PKK is the ongoing fight against DAESH in Syria and Iraq.
The strong belief in Turkey that Washington covertly supported the PKK especially after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, peaked with the Trump administration’s supply of weapons to the YPG and consideration of the YPG as a legitimate and efficient fighter against the DAESH.
The decision to place the Muslim Brotherhood in the same category as Daesh, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and the PKK – groups that have been responsible for the killing of thousands of civilians – will be refused by the international community and will bring new criticism towards Washington.
The initiation of the idea of this process undoubtedly occurred in the years after the bombings in 2001 and was put into practice after the expansion of Daesh.
More to the point, despite suffering several blows in the last few years such as the Gezi Park events, the 17-25 December “judiciary” coup attempt, PKK and DAESH terror attacks, and most importantly the July 15 military coup attempt, the Turkish economy managed to keep on track, grew well and averted an economic meltdown.
is not the only country that has to manage a relationship with local partners, as Turkey also fought together with different factions of the Free Syrian Army in two military operations against Daesh and the Marxist-Kurdish YPG.
-led coalition fighting Daesh, a general perception across Turkey was that this move on the part of both Gulf states was meant to counter Turkish influence in Syria via the YPG.