|Quoting kiwirob (Reply 85):|
Turkey isn't supplying Syrian Kurds, they fighting Kurds and buying oil from ISIL as well as allegedly supplying them with weapons in payment for the oil. If I was France I'd be asking Turkey WTF are you doing and requesting their suspension from NATO.
Turkey (or better the Erdogan government) has good relations with the Iraqi Kurds of the KRG in Erbil. Theseare basically two highly corrupt family clans (normally rivals, but currently united against a common enemy), who don't mind coming under Erdogan's neo-Ottoman umbrella.
Turkey on the other hand is fighting the communist Kurdish PKK and it's Syrian branch, the YPG. These two groups are on one hand quite effective fighters, but also want to create a communist (some say Stalinist) Kurdish state in parts of Syria and Turkey. The YPG and the Pershmerga, the troops of the Erbil government, get supported by the West, as they are the only effective forces fighting the Daesh.
Erdogan is an Islamist and autocrat himself and dreams of a conservative Sunni recreation of the Ottoman empire under his rule and he hates Assad (who is a Shi'ite, though a rather secular one, in a predominantly Sunni country).
The Daesh's main source of income is smuggling oil across the border to turkey. Turkey profits from this as it gets cheap oil. NATO ops interrupt this profitable business.
Erdogan might not be a friend of the Daesh, but he hates the Communist Kurds and Assad's Shi'ites more, especially as Assad gets supported by his regional rival Iran. Most religious minorities in Syria (like Christians and Druses) generally support Assad, as he is religiously relatively tolerant (Meaning that as long as he and his cronies make money, they don't care about their people's religion). The majority of the Arab Sunni tribes (more or less moderate rebels) on the other hand wants to get rid of the minorities.
The Turkmen rebels against Assad close to the border to Turkey have been receiving special protection by Turkey for quite a while due to their ethnic closeness.
[Edited 2015-11-24 19:43:08]