Turkey performed a U-turn by announcing that it would allow Iraqi Kurdistan forces to cross its territory on the way to Kobane.
Turkey is likely to continue its efforts to impose on the United States its terms regarding participation in the coalition against IS.
Despite the relatively restrained policy in the Middle East, Turkey still faces serious threats resulting from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
Turkey’s decision marks a change in its policy towards jihadists. Until recently, Ankara had turned a blind eye on their presence.
From Ankara’s perspective, any further development of the Syrian conflict is highly unfavourable.