Turkey’s operation in Syria fraught with risk: analysts
Turkey's week-old cross-border operation in Syria could become a drawn-out affair that stokes tensions with Washington if Ankara continues to take the fight to US-backed Kurdish fighters, analysts say. Turkey says its unprecedented offensive aims to rid the border of both the Islamic State group and the anti-IS Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara also considers a terrorist group. Deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus confirmed Monday the army aimed to prevent the creation of a Kurdish-controlled corridor running nearly the entire length of the border, which would bolster Kurdish PKK rebels in southeast Turkey.
25 August, 2016 Turkey enters Syria to halt Kurds: analysts Turkey's decision to send troops into Syria is a last-ditch bid to prevent the realisation of its worst nightmare: the creation of a "Syrian Kurdistan", analysts say. On Wednesday, Ankara launched operation "Euphrates Shield", dispatching tanks and special forces to fight alongside […]
26 November, 2016 The Free Syrian Army follows orders from Turkey The FSA was the Syrian rebels’ great hope to topple Assad, but this faded when the group split among militias, with some focusing more on the Islamic State and the Kurds.
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16 December, 2013 Enigmatic Turkish cleric poses challenge to Erdogan’s might By Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has won three general elections, weathered summer riots, subdued a meddling army and changed Turkey like few leaders before him in a decade in power. The powerful network of Fethullah Gulen, who leads a worldwide Islamic […]
5 August, 2012 Kurd rebels storm Turkey border post, 22 killed Kurdish rebels stormed a Turkish army post on the Iraq border Sunday, triggering fighting that killed 22 people in the latest clash since Ankara launched a major offensive against the outlawed PKK.