Kurdish Insurgency, Islamic State Overshadow Turkey’s Elections

Kurdish Insurgency, Islamic State Overshadow Turkey’s Elections
Turkish soldiers stand next to the Turkish flag-draped coffins of eight Turkish soldiers, killed in a roadside bomb, during a ceremony in Siirt, southeastern Turkey, Aug. 20, 2015 (AP photo/Misbah Yilmaz).

On the night of Aug. 28, Turkish fighter jets joined U.S.-led airstrikes against the self-proclaimed Islamic State for the first time, following through on a long-reluctant commitment to fight the brutal jihadi group. But Ankara’s heightened efforts against the Islamic State have hardly been noticed by many people in Turkey, which is grappling with the deadly renewal of its war with Kurdish insurgents in southeastern Turkey as snap elections loom in the fall. For Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the growing chaos comes down to one matter alone: the restoration of single-party rule for his Justice and Development Party (AKP), […]

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