is trying hard to present an image of close cooperation with over the Syrian crisis.

Cracks however have emerged again between Ankara and over this question. The reason this time is the brutal manner in which n supported Syrian regime forces are trying to take back Idlib province, and especially the rebel held district of Ghouta, from opposition groups.

says the aim is to clear the region from Islamic terrorist elements. Ankara insists that n and Syrian jets are bombing moderate elements, saying this violates agreements arrived at between , and under the “Astana Process.”

currently has troops stationed in Idlib under this process in order to monitor violations.

is also wary about ian backed elements on the ground that are helping the , and called in the n and ian ambassadors earlier this week to lodge a formal protest over this issue.

It is very doubtful however that ’s demands will be heeded given that Ankara is the weakest link in this trilateral alliance.

None of this comes as a surprise. There is much that is incongruous in the relationship over Syria between , and .

The most glaring fact is that opposes the Syrian regime, which it has worked hard to undermine militarily and politically from the start. Erdogan repeated only days ago that there was not future for Syria under Bashar al Assad.

n and ian support, however, has ensured that Assad remains in place.  and continue to see Assad as an integral part of any settlement.

Meanwhile continues to support opposition elements that the Syrian regime, with n and ian backing, is out to destroy.

How this contradictory picture will be resolved is not clear. What is clear is that Ankara is also losing credibility with groups that it supports because of its cooperation with and .

The basic problem is that did not shift its allegiance from the U.S. to in this crisis because of a well though-out grand strategy. It did this reactively because it was angry with the U.S. over its support of Syrian Kurdish groups Ankara says are terrorist organizations linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

This is where the incongruity takes yet another turn. The same groups are being supported by , a fact that Ankara has not been very vocal about because of the ties it has been trying to develop with . It prefers instead to just blast Washington over this.

The bottom line is that Washington and , for all their bellicosity towards each other, are more likely to come to some kind of arrangement over Syria in the end, than are Ankara and or Ankara and Washington.

This is all the result of not having a broad and realistic approach to this crisis, based on ’s true capabilities, and relying instead on reactive steps aimed at trying to address situations Ankara does not like as they emerge.

This approach has resulted in much vacillation on the part of . The latest situation, which has detracted from the luster of Ankara’s developing ties with , appears to be just the latest example.

has been trying to fit a square peg into a round hole in Syria and this is still not working.