Turkey launches military operation against Kurds in Syria

The Turkish military has made good on its pledge to launch military operations against Kurdish groups in neighboring Syria, ahead of becoming part of a U.S.-led border security force Ankara vehemently opposes.

Turkey seeks to remove what it believes is a threat from YPG group, which Ankara considers a terrorist group.

Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said Syrian Kurdish fighters in the enclave of Afrin and other Kurdish-controlled territories pose a “real” and ever increasing threat to Turkey.

“This operation will take place; the terror organization will be cleansed,” Canikli said in reference to the Syrian Kurdish group, the People’s Protection Units.

The U.S. developed close ties with the group which it used to help battle ISIS in Syria and Iraq, which has angered Turkey and increased tensions between the two NATO allies.

Syria, meanwhile, has threatened to retaliate against Turkey, including shooting down Turkish planes. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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