Turkey is ready to operate in Syria as long as its requried for an anti-ISIS fight, US Vice President Joe Biden told reporters in Sweden on August 25, following his visit to Ankara.
Biden visited Turkey at the same day when it launched the “Euphrates Shield” military operation with stated aim of clearing the town of Jarablus in northern Syria of the ISIS terrorist group. However, it’s clear that the Turkish move is pursuing much more strategic goals.
“I think the Turks are prepared to stay in the effort to take out ISIL [Daesh] as long as it takes,” Biden said. “I think there has been a gradual mindshift set change in Turkey with the realization that ISIL is an existential threat to Turkey. They demonstrated that.”