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Euphrates Shield: Turkey pushes further into Syria
November 17, 2017

Euphrates Shield: Turkey pushes further into Syria

Last week, the Turkish Army, along with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), dislodged ISIS from Jarabulus, a town on the Syrian-Turkish border.

In the subsequent days, Ankara continued to push for in-roads in northern Syria, but in the process had come into armed contact with the Syrian Kurdish forces, particularly the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

With Turkish support, the FSA and a number of smaller Syrian rebel groups have taken a number of villages from the Syrian Kurdish forces in the area. These villages include Ain al-Baida, Amarna and Yousef Beq (Al Jazeera). The FSA is operating with Turkish Air Force air support.

The FSA has reportedly set its sights on Manbij, which the YPG had recently captured from ISIS (Al Jazeera). Although Turkish air support is expected, analysts are unsure if the Turkish Army will deploy its own forces further south.

Notes:

The recent spate of clashes had effectively been between two key U.S. allies: Turkey and the YPG (and Syrian Democratic Forces or SDF generally). Acknowledging the YPG and SDF’s value to the cause against ISIS, U.S. officials have publicly called upon Turkey and YPG/SDF to stop clashing (The Globe and Mail).

On the other hand, Turkish officials are not letting up on their desire to frame the Syrian Kurdish forces as terrorist entities (Reuters). The Turkish European Affairs Minister, Omer Celik, said: “No one has the right to tell us which terrorist organization we can fight against.

  • nob hamid gul

    Good going. Destroy the American proxies and let the Syrian people comes in power.

    America is using kurds to form kurdistan in the pretext of fighting against isis. they gave the part of iraq to kurds and now their eye is on the south east part of Turkey.

    the kurds are fighting for the cause of Israel, they fought for the part in iraq and south east turkey which comes in the greater israel

  • Steve

    Why is Pakistan not releasing any statements supporting the Turks position. If weakness, incompetence, and cowardice fills your soul, and you can’t help anyone, at least verbally support Turkey which is an important country with which we can do business and which may be a good support against India in many ways. I am more insensed with incompetence than anything else. It is pervasive in every sphere of life in Pakistan. Where are all the think tanks and why are they not advising the donkeys in charge what to do and say.

  • Sami Shahid

    turkey is on the right path….it should eliminate all terrorists who are enemies of turkey ! Politicians of Pakistan should learn something from turkey

  • jamshed_kharian_pak

    Republic of Turkey and Ir Iran must not let any terrorist or ethnic based group to even think about disturbing the unity of Iraq or Syria

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