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Turkey’s high stakes in post-ISIL Syria

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has been a continuing nightmare since 2014, is now finally on the road to perdition.

Of course, as the common enemy is now in retreat, the rivalries among the factions fighting on the ground have begun to surface. What is more worrying is the fact that because none of the actors seem to have a definite end-game, particularly regarding a post-ISIL Syria, it won’t be easy to reconcile their conflicting interests.

The ambiguous stance of the U.S. throughout the Qatar crisis has reflected a clash of perspectives within the administration regarding the Middle East. A cursory glance at the contradictory remarks of President Donald Trump and his men reveals that it is not easy to deduce whether the U.S. wishes to maintain its military presence once Syria is cleaned of ISIL, what kind of a political structure is being envisioned, and more importantly, how much is the administration willing to commit in order to achieve its goals.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian war, Iran and Russia have........

© Hürriyet Daily News