Today Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said that Turkey cannot continue the peace process with the Kurds as long as Kurdish militants continue to carry out attacks. This week Turkey bombed sites in Northern Iraq thought to be camps of the Kurdistan Workers Party(PKK). Erodgan also announced that his country would grant permission for the U.S. to use Turkish airspace in a joint effort to create an “ISIS free zone” along its border with Syria. The announcements come as Erdogan faces heavy criticism at home for harassment of journalists and government crackdowns on free expression. We’ll get an update on Turkey with Henri Barkey, director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
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