Against ISIL terrorism, Turkey plan buffer zone bordering Syria and Iraq.
Europe Security News.- NATO´s Secr Gral Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Turkey´s President T. Erdogan agree in the buffer zone.
Turkey´s President Tayyip Erdogan said that his country is developing plans for a buffer zone on its border with Syria and Iraq, to counter the presence from Islamic State terrorists.
President Erdogan told Turkish media the armed forces were working on the plans, which he would then decide on.
The President gave no further details about where the buffer zone could be established or how it would work.
Turkey is doing this also for another reason: one of the biggest source of recruits for ISIL is Turkey, with an undercurrent of Islamist discontent.
As many as 1,000 Turks have joined ISIL, according to Turkish news media reports and government officials here. Turkish recruits cite ISIL´s (Islamic Caliphate) ideological appeal to disaffected youths as well as the money it pays fighters from its flush coffers.
IS has seized large areas of Iraq and Syria. According to media, C.I.A. estimated last week that the group had from 20,000 to 31,500 fighters in Iraq and Syria.
Thirty countries have pledged to help combat IS militants , mainly by air strikes, only a few countries will put boots on the ground.
F.e. Turkey will only allow humanitarian and logistical operations from the NATO air base on its soil.
Erdogan is reluctant to impulse a prominent turkish role for fear of endangering 49 of its citizens being held hostage by IS.