Putin Erdogan Aleppo Jerusalem Photo credits on faceIn China and behind closed doors, the world gave Putin the nod to partner with Turkey, not the US, for "charting the next steps in the Middle East."

Castle of the Kurds in Syria Photo Wikipedia Commons by James GordonWhen it comes to Syria, Turkey could sing Meghan Trainor's tune, All About That Bass, but with its own lyrics: "It's all about the Kurds, 'bout the Kurds, not ISIS." In fact, the war against ISIS has had amazing effects, uniting the US and Turks, Kurds and Syrian rebels, Russia and Iran, even Moscow and Ankara. What would any of them do without Islamic State?

Turkeys President Erogan Photo YouTube screenshot BBC News channelWHY is Turkey moving "full speed ahead" to reconcile with Israel? Today's Middle East is crazy slalom of events. Every few hours, new conflicts spring up and new deals are forged – only to end in tatters a couple of days later.

Putin and Eerdogan meet on sidelines of G20 summit 2016 Photo YouTube screenshot SAKLI KALAN channelThe worry is that Eerdogan will go all the way to bond with Russia to which Iran is also attached as a partner. Indeed, Erdogan has scheduled a trip to Tehran a few days after his talks with Putin.

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