Turkey dangles ‘ground troops’ in Syria if Obama will go also after Assad

Turkey is promising to put ground troops in Syria to fight ISIS if Obama will include taking out Assad as part of his comprehensive strategy:

HURRIYET – Ground troops can be used in the operation targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as part of a comprehensive strategy also targeting the Bashar al-Assad regime, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has reportedly said.

Davutoğlu made the remarks in an interview with CNN, CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour wrote via her Twitter account on Oct. 6.

The prime minister’s interview with Amanpour was set to be aired late Oct. 6.

“Turkish PM @Ahmet_Davutoglu tells me there can be boots on ground but only if the U.S. strategy includes going after al-Assad too,” Amanpour wrote on Twitter.

Davutoğlu also reportedly said Turkey will join the coalition against ISIL “only with a no-fly zone and safe havens inside Syria.”

According to Amanpour, Davutoğlu claimed that if al-Assad stayed in power it would only help ISIL grow.

“Turkish PM tells me they’ll try to help Kobani in a humanitarian way, but unless al-Assad is stopped, ISIL grows+more towns will fall,” she wrote.

Could there be any more doubt that all Turkey really wants is to take out Assad?

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