Turkey does have a fierce and resolute army; that is a truism to which I can testify. Hearing the gruesome stories of torture told by Turkish army veterans who were POWs of the North Koreans/Red Chinese in the Korean "War" would convince any opposing enemy that the Turks are not to be taken lightly!
A senior Turkish NCO told me his front line unit would sing, play loud music & party at night under bright lights. A US Marine came over and asked them to hunker down and be quiet so they wouldn't get a night attack from the Reds. The Turk told me and responded, laughing: "The communists are afraid of us, they'll attack YOU!" And that proved to be true. The NKA never attacked a Turkish position, night OR day!
Never for a moment think those armies in the Middle East to be pushovers!
Please read & watch the betrayal of our fellow Navy sailors aboard the USS Liberty by our own Govt as it was deliberately attacked by Israel in that 1967 June War.
The Push to ignite a Turkish civil war through a Syrian quagmire
Turkish Regional IsolationIf the Syrian state collapses, neighbouring Turkey will be the biggest loser. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government are foolishly aligning Turkey for disaster. Aside from Ankara’s historically bad relations with Armenia, Erdogan has managed to singlehandedly alienate Russia and three of Turkey’s most important neighbours. This has damaged the Turkish economy and disrupted the flow of Turkish goods. There have been clamp downs on activists too in connection with Turkey’s policy against Damascus. The freedom of the Turkish media has been affected as well; Erdogan has moved forward with legislation to restrict media freedoms. Prime Minister Erdogan and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu have even both attacked “reporters who quoted President Assad’s statements in Cumhuriyet, accusing them of treason, because they had questioned the official Turkish account of the Turkish jet shot down by in [sic.] Syria [for spying].”
On Turkey’s eastern flank tensions are building between it and both Iraq and Iran. Baghdad is reviewing its diplomatic ties with the Turkish government, because Ankara is encouraging the Kurdistan Regional Government in Northern Iraq to act independently of Iraq’s federal government. Erdogan’s government has done this partially as a result of Baghdad’s steadfast opposition to regime change in Syria and in part because of Iraq’s strengthening alliance with Iran. Tehran on the other hand has halted the visa-free entry of Turkish citizens into Iran and warned the Turkish government that it is stoking the flames of a regional fire in Syria that will eventually burn Turkey too. Read more>>The Push to ignite a Turkish civil war through a Syrian quagmire