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Turkey sidelines itself in US-led coalition against IS

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Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan takes part in a welcoming ceremony in Kiev March 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich - RTR4U5UG

Turkey as 'reluctant subcontractor'

Semih Idiz writes this week that Turkey has sidelined itself in the battle against the Islamic State (IS) due to its single-minded pursuit of the ouster of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad:

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