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Following the recent safe return of 46 Turkish hostages held by ISIS, hopes were raised in the United States that Turkey would finally commit to joining the U.S.-led coalition now fighting the group. But Turkey's willingness to contribute to the coalition remains constrained by the legacy of its ill-fated Syria policy, as well as by a fundamental strategic disconnect between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government and U.S. President Barack Obama's administration.The fear now is that this benign neglect has allowed ISIS to embed itself in Turkey and build the capacity to conduct terrorist activities on Turkish soil – and thus to retaliate for Turkish participation in the U.S.-led coalition.Turkey fundamentally disagrees with the U.S. in its interpretation of the threat that ISIS poses – and how to address it.Turkey's imperative to fight ISIS does not trump – much less invalidate – Turkish leaders' concerns about Obama's long-term goals.
United States still needed in Syria
Despite his new powers, Erdogan will have to placate his allies
opposition, a change of scenes
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