huffingtonpost.com – Stephen Schlesinger – Sep 17, 5:56 PM – The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has a problem. Through his battles at home in recent years to ward off criminal investigations of his administration, his insistence on dismissing wiretaps that show he and his aides involved in
Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama called on the international community to join the alliance against the Islamic State. Humanity’s future depends on the world uniting against Islamist terror, he stated. Some commentators praise Obama’s courage at taking up the fight. Others say he is being led by emotions into an unmanageable war.
Things are much stricter now for smugglers, civilians and fighters who used to move relatively freely across Turkeys Syrian borderAt the army checkpoint on the notoriously porous border that is the gateway to Syria and the expanding fiefdom of Islamic State, two conscripts stop every vehicle. There is constant traffic across the fields on the Turkish bank of the River Orontes, which is the frontier with Syria. The suspicion is that ordinary farm vehicles have swapped agriculture for a more lucrative trade.