Turkish struggle against Islamic State has been ‘a ticking time bomb’

Turkish soldiers in a tank and an armored vehicle patrol on the road to the town of Beytussebab in the southeastern Sirnak province, Turkey, September 28, 2015. Five children were wounded on Monday when a bomb tore through a street in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir, hospital officials said, where deadly clashes in recent weeks have followed the collapse of ceasefire by Kurdish militants. A separate blast in the town of Tatvan wounded five soldiers when their vehicle passed over an explosive left in a ditch by the road, security sources said. The most intense fighting since the 1990s has engulfed Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeastern region since July when Ankara launched air strikes against the armed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey and Iraq. More than 100 security personnel and hundreds of militants have been killed. REUTERS/Stringer - RTX1SVY3
Turkish soldiers in a tank and an armored vehicle patrol on the road to the town of Beytussebab in the southeastern Sirnak province, Turkey, September 28, 2015. Five children were wounded on Monday when a bomb tore through a street in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir, hospital officials said, where deadly clashes in recent weeks have followed the collapse of ceasefire by Kurdish militants. A separate blast in the town of Tatvan wounded five soldiers when their vehicle passed over an explosive left in a ditch by the road, security sources said. The most intense fighting since the 1990s has engulfed Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeastern region since July when Ankara launched air strikes against the armed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey and Iraq. More than 100 security personnel and hundreds of militants have been killed. REUTERS/Stringer – RTX1SVY3
Ankara has become deeply involved in the Islamic State struggle – as well as a fight against the Kurdish PKK – a complicated strategy that seems to have opened the door to terrorism, Bashdar Ismaeel, Middle East expert, and political analyst, told RT.

A peace march on Saturday in the Turkish capital of Ankara was hit by bomb blasts, killing at least 86 people and injuring scores. The terrorist attack comes ahead of national elections scheduled for November 1.

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