Neither Russia nor Turkey is Actually Fighting ISIS!
Media outlets of the world, supporting either Russian or Turkish interests, have laid claim as to whether the downing the of a Russian warplane was justifiable or not; yet none have mentioned that neither state is serious in fighting ISIS and ending their barbaric actions. Russia claims to want to strike ISIS along the Turkish border, as if ISIS didn’t exist in their capital Raqqa, or there’s no threat on the Syrian capital Damascus. It’s clear to most analysts that they are bombing areas of Turkmen population and others under the control moderate Syrian opposition who are backed by the US and Turkey.
Turkey has been accused of intending to build a buffer zone inside Syrian territory. The idea of the buffer zone will likely become stronger after the Paris terrorist attacks; France certainly would support this along with Turkey who wishes to stop the influx of Syrian refugees into its country. In addition to helping Turkmens inside Syria, turning a blind eye on the influx and movement of ISIS has posed problems for Turkey as well.
Turkey admitted downing the Russian warplane, insisting on its right to defend its territory. Russia is seeking to end the issue with an apology by Turkey. Turkey behaves as a powerful member of NATO and took the action from a powerful military position; it also stated previously that Russian warplanes had crossed the borders.
Downing the Russian warplane is certainly a serious event, which could lead the area into an even more complex situation. Already we are seeing two main war fronts against ISIS— the first a US led coalition, while the other is Russia, Iran, Syria and Baghdad coalition. We cannot say Iraq, but only Baghdad (or the Arab Shia authority in Baghdad) because Kurdistan Region is officially in the front of USA and its allies. The Peshmerge are a known ally of France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Canada and US for the practical fight against ISIS, while Baghdad is behaving as the regional front with the three states disapproved by Sunnis.
The four country’s axis works to keep Assad in power while maintaining Iran’s role in the area and defending the region’s Shia through sectarian conflicts.
The influx of millions of Syrians refugees to Europe, Paris terrorist attacks, and ISIS’ threat against other European countries and US come at nearly the same time as the Russian warplane downing. Why would all these events occur at one time but among countries that are already divided in the war front against ISIS?
Neither Russia nor Turkey is working seriously to defeat ISIS. Some countries in the area have taken advantage of ISIS to support Bashar Assad, further Shia policies and lessen the interests of the Gulf countries who have started the oil war by lowering prices. What’s going on in Syria under the pretext of fighting ISIS is exploited for the strengthening of Turkish and Russian political interest in the region. Russia doesn’t want to lose its role in the Middle East like it did in Libya, Yemen and other areas, while Turkey doesn’t want its neighboring country to be controlled by Kurdish forces or a group that would pose threat to the security of its borders.