"I'll warn Ankara about the story of Frankenstein’s monster — that is to say that it would be quite easy and simple for this monster that Turkey has hoped to create and to nourish in the form of the so-called Islamic State might wind up consuming Turkey itself not to mention President Erdogan personally," Horne said.
He drew parallels between Turkey's moves and the US's actions in Afghanistan, where Washington rendered material and financial support to the mujahedeen who fought against the official regime in Kabul.
"And then on September 11, 2001 that strategy backfired when their former allies attacked New York and Washington. Turkey is now treading a similar path," Horne added.
He also pointed out that the Arab League recently lashed out at Turkey because of "its apparent violation of Iraqi sovereignty." Turkish troops entered Iraq, ostensibly to fight Daesh, despite not having been invited by the country’s parliament.
In addition, Turkey could unleash a conflict of interest with Washington concerning a policy on the Kurdish issue — something that Horne said means that Ankara even goes against its allies.
In another development, about 200,000 Kurds reportedly fled the southeastern parts of Turkey amid armed clashes in the region. The situation there deteriorated following serious clashes between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish security forces. In the middle of October, about 100 people died as result of a bomb attack in Ankara on a Kurdish peace demonstration.