October 20, 2014

Obama acts in Kobani despite Turkish opposition

Featuring Richard Fontaine

Source: USA Today

A new U.S. military operation to help Kurdish forces in Syria follows a months-long diplomatic dance between the Obama administration and another interested party: Turkey.

While Obama administration officials cast the latest talks as the United States informing Turkey of its plans, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government said Monday that it would help Kurdish military fighters known as the peshmerga cross its border en route to Kobani, the nearby Syrian town under threat by Islamic State militants.

"We are helping peshmerga forces to enter into Kobani to give support," Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Read the full article at USA Today.


  • Richard Fontaine

    Chief Executive Officer

    Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of CNAS. He served as President of CNAS from 2012–19 and as Senior Fellow from 2009–12. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy ad...