Roy Gutman, Daily Beast: Turkey’s Coup Won’t Stop ISIS War
With massive popular support — and mass arrests — Turkey’s president emerges stronger than ever. Relations with Washington are tense, but the ISIS war looks set to go on.
ISTANBUL—Buoyed by a wave of popular support after suppressing a calamitous coup attempt, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has begun a major purge of the military and the judiciary.
He’s also picked a fight with the U.S. over his onetime ally and now political nemesis, Fethullah Gülen, who’s living in Pennsylvania.
Erdogan portrays Gülen, who denied any part in the coup, as something akin to evil incarnate, and the Erdogan government has been seeking Gülen’s extradition for more than two years.
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Update #1: Turkish Air Base Used by Coalition Fighting ISIS is Back in Operation (ABC News)
Update #2: ISIS Fight Resumes as Turkey Reopens Air Base to US (Newsweek)
WNU Editor: With the memories of the coup now receding, will Turkish President Erdogan demand concessions from the U.S. and other allies for the use of its territory in the war against the Islamic State? At this point in time anything is possible from him.