As ISIS terrorists moved into the Syrian city of Kobani to begin a likely massacre of Kurds, it was revealed that Turkey had made a deal with the group to free Ankara’s diplomats held hostage in Mosul, Iraq.
Powerful Turkish army Leopard tanks sat silent less than five miles away as ISIS flags and banners were raised on the edge of Kobani.
The only significant action the Turkish army has taken is to fire tear gas at Kurds on their side of the border to keep them from rushing to aid their brothers. Thousands of Syrian Kurds have fled the city and are in camps in Turkey.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has admitted a deal was made with ISIS to win the release of Turkish diplomats seized when Mosul fell. He has not commented on claims by ISIS that his government arranged for Syrian rebels to release ISIS commanders it had been holding.
The London Times said at least two of the ISIS leaders freed at the request of Turkey were British subjects. Reports on Twitter said ISIS was boasting of the deal.
Meanwhile, NATO has restated its pledge to defend Turkey, a member, if it follows through with a pledge to attack ISIS.
More decapitations of Western citizens held by ISIS were likely in the coming days. Dozens of Kurds in Kobani, once a city of 400,000 have already been killed.
Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reported on Monday that ISIS had entered the city and posted its flags after a three-week assault.
The Kurds, who lack the heavy weapons of ISIS, have vowed to fight to the last man in the style of the history’s “300 Spartans.” ISIS reportedly even has tanks.
The main resistance the terrorists have met is airstrikes by U.S. and other warplanes. President Barack Obama has made it clear he fears genocide in the region of Iraq and Syria held by ISIS but has vowed not to put troops on the ground.
Obama said that after a decade of supporting Baghdad it is up to Arab nations to police the ISIS apostates.
Turkey has the second-largest army in NATO, and its parliament gave Erdogan permission to strike. Critics say he does not want to help Kurds because of their demands for autonomy.