According to the Turkish President, air strikes may not be enough to drive away the IS jihadis, yet in parts of Iraq and Syria, the battle against IS jihadis is producing the desired result.
In a recent interview on television last Tuesday, Turkish President Erdogan was found saying, “I am telling the West, that dropping bombs from the air will not provide a solution.”
Although the town of Kobane is still in the clutches of IS jihadis, the Iraqi army is confident that they will be able to take back the town from the militants. However, according to the US military, there are thin chances of bringing back Kobane.
“We don’t have a willing, capable, effective partner on the ground inside Syria right now,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby said on Wednesday.
However, according to Kurdish officials, effective airstrikes against IS militants on target can bring back the control of Kobane and surrounding areas. Aysa Abdullah, a co – leader of Kurdish Democratic Union Party mentioned that they were ready to work with the US led coalition force to bring back the control of Kobane.
“We have provided coalition forces with the coordinates of IS targets on the ground and are willing to continue providing any help they will request,” she said.
On the other hand, Meysa Abdo, a female Kurdish commander stated, “If the coalition is serious about degrading IS, then Kobane is where they should target them because they have an effective partner on the ground which has successfully fought back against IS alone.” However, she also went on to say that the remaining civilians were at risk of being hurt by the attacks of US led coalition force.
Adding to this, a guerrilla commander who was in charge of leading troops against IS jihadis told stated they applied various tactics including, but not restricted to infiltrating the enemy camp and fighting with light weapons. “We are better experienced than IS, but you need to have heavy weapons in order to defend a city.” he said.
In the meantime, the Turkish President has been trying to find a plausible excuse for the inactivity of Turkey in the war. “For us, the PKK and Isil are the same,” said President Erdogan this week. “It is wrong to consider them as different from each other.”