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Turkey slides into deeper isolation over Syria

Turkey’s Western allies are increasingly frustrated with its attempts to direct the US-led military coalition’s focus from the Islamic State to the Syrian regime, while Russia and Iran are openly opposing Turkey’s attempts to establish a buffer zone.
Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (C) attends a debate marking the reconvene of the parliament after a summer recess at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR48IO6
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Turkey’s Syria policy is increasingly at odds with those of its Western allies, who are frustrated with Ankara’s attempt to shift the focus of the mission of the US-led military coalition from the Islamic State (IS) to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Unable to get its allies to target Assad directly, Ankara is not only fighting a losing battle in this regard, but also fueling the anger of its neighbors that continue to support the Syrian regime.

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