It’s going to allow Peshmerga forces from Iraq to help out in Kobani.
Undoubtedly, this is due to US pressure, since Turkey has its own Kurdish problem that it didn’t want to help by fighting ISIS. Sooner or later the bill will come in, showing us how much forcing Turkey to go against its own interests will cost.
The Kurds are in Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. Only in Iraq have they gained a degree of sovereignity, against the will of the US, I might add.
The lines over there are getting SOOOO blurred. We are fighting against an enemy (ISIS) of an enemy (Syria), supporting an enemy (Kurds) of our allies (Turkey, and arguably Iraq), and are likely to come to an “understanding” with yet another enemy (Iran). There are more complications too – we’re supporting Shiites (ruling in Iraq and Iran) against Sunnis (the majority of most of our so-called “allies” in the region), and are supporting autocratic regimes of all stripes.
Our “allies” have committed virtually the same outrages as out enemies, up to and including genocide and religious cleansing.
And this is considered “good policy”? What are the chances of this turning out right as opposed to the chances of this jumping up and biting our ass?
The ME is a clusterfuck, nobody can deny this. And, to a great extent, the current situation is the result of western meddling, which very few people can deny. So what’s the use of choosing sides when the sides are yet so undefined?
Unless, of course, the objective is war itself.