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Russia's friend, Assad foe, US ally: Turkey faces tough choices on Syria - Mensur Akgün | Middle East Eye

Mensur Akgun, the chair of the international relations department at Istanbul's Kultur University, discounted the possibility of allowing Turkish airbases or other military facilities to be used in any potential US attack that would target Russian forces. "Even now the mandate to use a Turkish airbase by the existing coalition on Syria only permits the targeting of terrorist groups like Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group). It doesn't even sanction attacks on Assad forces," said Akgun. "It is extremely unlikely that Turkey will allow its facilities to be used against Russian forces."


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