Turk­ish jets bomb ISIS mil­i­tants

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS | WORLD -

Last month, the first edi­tion of the Is­lamic State group’s Turk­ish- lan­guage mag­a­zine con­tained not a word of crit­i­cism of the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment. This week, the sec­ond edi­tion calls Is­tan­bul oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory and blasts Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan as a tyrant.

The dif­fer­ence? Tur­key has started to crack down on the group un­der Western pres­sure and Is­lamic State now sees Tur­key as the en­emy, rais­ing the stakes in the strug­gle against the ex­trem­ist net­work. And Tur­key’s decisive re­sponse on Fri­day — airstrikes on Is­lamic State tar­gets and 290 ar­rests na­tion­wide — show how se­ri­ously the na­tion is now tak­ing a threat it had long down­played.

The abrupt shift in Is­lamic State’s Turk­ish pro­pa­ganda mag­a­zine shows just how quickly a tacit truce has come apart.

But the un­der­ly­ing changes have not hap­pened overnight. Is­lamic State — also known by acronyms ISIS and ISIL — has spent years build­ing its net­work in­side Tur­key, even as Turk­ish se­cu­rity ser­vices mon­i­tored the group to glean valu­able in­tel­li­gence.

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