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The Monitor's View Turkey’s motives in its war on Islamic State

First the Iran nuclear deal and now Turkey’s strategic decision to hit Islamic State in Syria has shaken the Middle East. Both events, however, should be seen as possible steps toward peace.

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The best way to track news in the Middle East is to ask this question of big events: Is violence in the name of religion being curbed? The answer may be yes for the July 14 agreement aimed at ending the threat from Iran’s nuclear program. Now a second event has occurred. Turkey has joined the war to roll back the Islamic State. On Friday, Turkish military jets hit IS targets inside Syria. 

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