WorldViews: 49 reasons why Turkey doesn’t want to fight the Islamic State

By Adam Taylor, September 12, 2014

On Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Ankara, Turkey, to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and discuss possible cooperation to fight the Islamic State.

So far, 10 states in the Middle East have declared a "shared commitment" to President  Obama's plan to tackle the extremist group. However, despite being a key NATO ally and possessing a strong military, Turkey has refrained from embracing the plan, and reports suggest that it will not allow its air bases to be used for air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

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