The Washington DC-based think tank the Bipartisan Policy Centre (BPC) says the United States must look for a new reliable strategic partner such as the Kurds, to replace Turkey, as Turkey is no longer a dependable ally.
According to the BPC, Turkey has failed to secure the length of its 560 mile with Syria against the tide of extremists, athough when Kurdish fighters wanted to cross Turkish territory in order to defend against ISIS, Turkey barred their way.
Most notably, Turkey has refused to allow U.S. coalition forces to use its airbase at Incirlik, even for combat search and rescue missions. “This decision by Ankara, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, not only reduces the effectiveness of the campaign against ISIS, but it places the lives of American and allied forces at risk,” says the report.
It suggests eeking an alternative to Incirlik in KRG territory, reducing U.S. reliance on Turkey while also providing similar geographic advantages for operations in Iraq and Syria to combat ISIS.
It adds that, with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) engaged in a political-solution process with the Turkish government and emerging as a viable partner against ISIS, there is a growing chorus suggesting that the United States and Europe delist the PKK as a terrorist organization.
The full report can be downloaded here.