Rather - Turkey is playing ghost writer for Pakistan. Essentially, saying Pakistan will take care of Afghanistan is political suicide and will raise massive objections. On the other hand, if a Nato member is offering to keep troops in Afghanistan it is a “win”. Doesn’t matter if the NATO member is a close ally of the key neighbor of Afghanistan.Win win for Pakistan with a close strategic ally involved.
I don't think he means takeover from US.Erdogan seems to be out of touch with reality, he has a mess a in Syria , Libya and Kurdistan , got slapped by the Israelis and wants to get stuck in the Afghan quagmire. As long Pakistan stays out the Turks can play as much as they want in Afghan land the world center for anarchy and treachery.
Access towards China, more influence in Afghanistan means more influence in Xin Jiang area, which have already very strong Turkish affiliation and heritage. And yes, US might assist Turkey more, if it is able to tap that turkish link in Uighur region and try to exploit some of that situation. Don't know if in the long run, it would be wise for America to give Turkey more role in central asia. It's like creating a beast to counter some other beast. Turkey already has quite an influence around it's neighboring countries. The Americans gave Indians a chance in Afghanistan, but they don't seem to show any competence, as their focus has always been Pakistan.What Turkey gains from this?
What can Erdogan get in return?
Talibam won't attack the Turks and Turks won't engage the taliban. They haven't so far and they will continue. However ISIS an American arm will look tk attack the Turks and blame talibanThe 500 strong Turkish troops is in the charge of the Kabul airport! Unless the Taliban have pre-booked summer vacation packages at the Caribbean how can they collide???