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The war in Syria has not only tested Turkey's economic and institutional ability to absorb 1.1 million refugees, but has also deepened latent tensions between secularists, leftists, Kurds and Islamists. In particular, the increasingly visible presence of ISIS in Turkey has polarized the country, with opponents of the Erdogan government saying its support of the Syrian opposition has allowed ISIS to flourish, even generating homegrown support for militant Islam.ISIS has garnered significant domestic support, as proven by reports of jihadi cells and hospitals operating in Turkey, clashes at Istanbul University between Turkish supporters and opponents of ISIS, and the thousands of Turkish foreign fighters in Syria.At least 37 people were killed over four days across the country in early October when the armed forces suppressed violent protests by Kurds, along with supporters from leftist camps and Erdogan opponents, against the government's reluctance in siding with the Kurds against ISIS in Kobani.Whether the Erdogan government softens its line on Assad, collaborates more cooperatively with the United States on anti-ISIS policy, or hardens its position by resisting cooperation with the Kurds and continuing to back the mainly Sunni opposition in Syria, it risks rallying some sectors of society while alienating others even further.
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