You won’t believe it, but it’s true: the Turkish military this morning shelled ISIS positions inside Syria. The attacks were coordinated with the U.S.-led coalition fighting the terrorist organization.
The Turkish artillery was positioned in the southern province of Kilis. From there they hit ISIS-targets in the Syrian villages of Cekke, Dabig and Mregel. Those ISIS positions were bombed by the anti-ISIS coalition on Friday.
The Turks continued to shell ISIS targets until late into the afternoon.
If you didn’t know any better, you’d almost conclude that they’re finally taking the war on ISIS somewhat seriously. What’s more, it wouldn’t be shocking if that were the case. After all, Turkey has also been hit by ISIS. It’s in Turkey’s own interest to completely and utterly destroy these radical savages.
However, since President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is in the United States at the moment—where he opened a Turkish-sponsored mosque and religious complex today—it could also be nothing more than an elaborate act of diplomacy. Perhaps he just wants to win President Obama’s favor right now. There’s no saying what Erdoğan will order the military to do when he’s back in Turkey.
Be that as it may, at least today it rained bombs and shells on ISIS. And that’s certainly good news.