The editorial board of The New York Times, one of the most prestigious newspapers in the U.S., published another analysis of Turkey on Aug. 31. Some time ago, Eric Edelman, a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey, wrote an article that was in the same ballpark as this recent one. The editorial titled "Mr. Erdogan's War against the Kurds" simply puts forward the arguments that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is the founding leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), has waged a war against the Kurdish separatist group, the PKK, as he is in a "desperate struggle to stay in power" and is afraid of the formation of a possible Kurdish state. As a matter of fact, the PKK has made progress in Syria to this end and a stable Kurdish administration was established in northern Iraq. According to the article, Erdoğan's fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is deceptive, his prime target is Kurds and the main objective of this strategy is to maintain his authoritarian regime. The piece ends with valuable advice to the U.S. administration, saying: "The United States should use its influence in the region to stop the fighting and deprive Mr. Erdogan of an excuse to continue a military operation that makes the difficult struggle against [ISIS] even harder.
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