"The Minstrel Boy to the war is gone
In the ranks of death you will find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;
"Land of Song!" said the warrior bard,
"Tho' all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"
-- Verse from the Minstrel Boy
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Turkish support 'crucial' in fight against Daesh - AA
Dr. Omar Ashour, senior lecturer in Middle East Politics and Security Studies at the U.K.’s University of Exeter, underlined that Turkey’s support to Syrian opposition forces was crucial in the fight against Daesh.
“The level of intelligence, military, security support given to the mainly pro-revolution armed opposition from Turkey is very crucial in limiting Daesh expansion in the north of Aleppo, Raqqah and elsewhere,” he said. ...
“The existence of Daesh is really a function of state collapse. People have glamorized them, exaggerated this trend. […] Daesh has grown when states have collapsed,” Sayyid said.
Ashour said a credible governing alternative to Daesh should be created in Syria to replace the terror group once it is expelled. ...
He also claimed the U.S.’ expectations of Turkey were basically about American interests which could diverge from Ankara's.
Meanwhile, Ashour claimed the U.S. mainly expected Turkey to go along with its plans in Syria.
“[The U.S.] is mainly empowering anyone who fights Daesh, including the YPG and PKK offshoot, while forgetting about [the] authoritarian regime in Syria, forgetting about the root causes of the crisis,” he said.
The academics also criticized the security policies of the U.S. on Syria. “The U.S. is not facing a terrorist campaign [which is] blowing up, killing both Turkish security officials and civilians, committed by the PKK,” Ashour said.
He added Turkey was also affected by the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad, the accompanying humanitarian crisis, security issues plus the nearly three million refugees who are under Ankara’s protection.
“And [the U.S.] has no interest in helping in this dimension. It focuses mainly Daesh,” he added....