Turkey has been on the front line in the fight against the Islamic State. Many of the air attacks that have been carried out against ISIS have taken off from Turkish Air Force bases. What has become a major problem in the fight against ISIS is the border with Syria. It seems many of the foreign fighters who wish to join the Islamic State travel to Turkey and cross the border into Syria where ISIS dwells. ISIS made its way into Syria about a year ago and has held many bases along the the border with Turkey and Iraq.
While in Syria, ISIS has been carrying out their love for demolition of the past. In Palmyra they destroyed many statues and buildings that dated back to Roman times. It has been said that thousands are making the journey to join the Islamic State.
The Turkish government has said that they are patrolling the border to catch these individuals but very few ever get caught. The government says it has a list of some 16,000 individuals who are reported to be heading to join ISIS. They monitor bus and train stations and in some cases they see the individuals they are searching for but usually after the fact. In other words recruitment for ISIS is going well and Turkey needs to do more to curtail the ongoing development.
Turkey is also the first step in the journey of those migrants who are fleeing the war in Syria. They cross the 500 mile border and for some they make it out of Turkey into Europe where they might have a chance to build a new life. Those who stay in Turkey are usually sold into some form of slavery, even the children. Unfortunately, the children are playing a big role in the space trade. They are sold to sweat shops where they work 12 hour days. Some simply work the outdoor markets for .20 cents a day. Turkey is becoming a major player in this war with ISIS unfortunately not in a good way.
The United States and other countries have been carrying out an air war in its attacks on ISIS strongholds but this never lasts for long. ISIS keeps on building and will continue to do so as long as conditions on the Syrian/Turkish border allow new recruits to reach their bases.