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Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Anti-IS alliance has failed

US President Barack Obama has urged Russia and Turkey to seek a diplomatic solution to the conflict that broke out between them after the downing of a Russian plane. The appeal is pointless given that the anti-IS coalition has already failed, writes the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore: "In Syria the Russians and the Iranians, together with Assad, will wage one war while the US and the Europeans wage another. A competition rather than an alliance - that is the result of the row between the Russian tsar and the Turkish sultan. But it's not just about that. The two coalitions have a common enemy, the IS, but very different goals and purposes. They must avoid getting in each other's way too much. The Russian-Turkish tensions will continue despite Obama's attempts to mediate. … An Obama who concedes Ankara's right to defend itself. Yet the Americans are the ones most interested in preventing Turkish expansion in Syria because they don't trust [President] Erdoğan. But to keep him and the Sunni front of Gulf monarchies happy, Obama is insisting on Assad's resignation."

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