Turkey’s operation in Syria fraught with risk: analysts

Turkey says its unprecedented operation aims to rid its Syria border of both the Islamic State group and the anti-IS Kurdish YPG militiaTurkey'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.


Related Posts

  • U.S. to promote 'universal access' to fossil fuels at climate talks12 November, 2017 U.S. to promote 'universal access' to fossil fuels at climate talks By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States hopes to promote wider use of fossil fuels at a global meeting on climate change next week, a White House official said, reflecting the gaping divide between Washington and the rest of the ...
  • Turkey enters Syria to halt Kurds: analysts25 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 […]
  • Turkey urges US to stop Kurdish militia's Afrin advance7 March, 2018 Turkey urges US to stop Kurdish militia's Afrin advance Turkey on Wednesday asked the United States to stop Kurdish militia forces deemed "terrorists" by Ankara from moving to Syria's Afrin region to battle against Turkish military operation. The Turkish army on January 20 launched an operation against the...
  • Turkey warns on Syrian Kurdish militia, welcomes U.S. weapons pledge23 June, 2017 Turkey warns on Syrian Kurdish militia, welcomes U.S. weapons pledge Turkey's defense minister warned on Friday that Ankara would retaliate against any threatening moves by the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria and welcomed a U.S. pledge to take back weapons from the group after the defeat of Islamic State. Washington sees ...
  • Turkey warns Syrian army against helping Kurdish YPG in Afrin19 February, 2018 Turkey warns Syrian army against helping Kurdish YPG in Afrin By Angus McDowall and Tuvan Gumrukcu BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned on Monday it would confront Syrian government forces if they entered Syria's northwestern Afrin region to help the Kurdish YPG militia repel a Turkish offensive. Turkey beg...

Leave a Reply

Read the original at Middle East News Headlines - Yahoo! News.