Turkey and Europe should do more to fight the Islamic State militants and prevent jihadism from spreading, while the US should not get out of Syria and Iraq, Ivan Eland, a political analyst at the Peace and Liberty Center, told RT.
About 3,000 people have been linked to Islamic State militants in Turkey, says a police report. The data has prompted a red alert over possible attacks, including in NATO and the West, by the so-called “sleeper cells” of the jihadist group.
Turkish prosecutors have probed Cumhuriyet newspaper after it published excerpts from the latest Charlie Hebdo issue which features cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. It comes after a ban was ordered on websites uploading the cartoons.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has made a parallel between last summer’s Israel-Gaza conflict and the recent attacks in Paris, putting equal blame “against humanity” on Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and the Islamist terrorists.
A grammar school-educated British jihadist youth has spoken about his experience of detention by Turkish security forces and subsequent handover to Islamic State in a prisoner exchange that saw 180 jihadists released.
In the latest rift in Turkish-Israeli ties, Tayyip Erdogan was accused of being an "anti-Semitic bully" after the Turkish President blasted Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu for "daring" to attend an anti-terror rally in Paris.
On the international scene Turkey is playing a high stakes game, trying to transform itself into an international energy hub as vividly illustrated by the recent rapprochement between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's Vladimir Putin.
The Paris attacks are likely to prompt Turkey to introduce tougher controls over all passengers flying to the Middle East, says Husein Bagchi from Middle East Technical University. But it also needs EU assistance as Turkey’s borders are European borders.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu condemned the attacks in France during the Paris march on Sunday, while adding there should be no double standards as to denouncing attacks on Muslim mosques and standing up against Islamophobia.