Turkey Prepares New Ground Offensive in Northern Syria

Servicemen of a Turkish Special Forces Command during a 2020 Victory Parade in Baku. Courtesy of a President of Azerbaijan (Wikimedia CC0)

Turkish belligerent army are prepared and watchful for a go forward to cranky over their southern limit and dispute Kurdish belligerent strongholds in Syria. Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan has nonetheless to give a sequence as of today, though seemed to announce a stirring belligerent descent opposite Kurdish company groups in northern Syria on Nov. 22.

In his speech, Erdoğan said, “We have been temperament down on terrorists for a few days with a planes, cannons and guns. God willing, we will base out all of them as shortly as possible, together with a tanks, a soldiers.”

Turkey’s Security Concerns

The purported terrorists Erdoğan referred to are a Syrian Democratic Forces, a bloc of a Kurdish company group, The People’s Defense Units (YPG), and Syrian fighters, that have perceived support from a U.S. for fighting with a Islamic State group.

A commemorative reason for Nov. 13 bombing victims on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul. Courtesy of Kurmanbek (Wikimedia CC0)

The debate by Erdoğan followed a weekend filled with Turkish airstrikes and artillery glow that bombarded a northern Syrian towns Kobani and Tal Rifaat, as good as circuitously Kurdish bases. Turkey says their strikes broken 89 targets in Syria and Iraq and killed 184 Kurdish militants.

The YPG retaliated with trebuchet shelling and rocket fire, injuring six, and murdering a clergyman and tyro in a Turkish range of Gaziantep.

Turkish authorities trust a Nov. 13 militant bombing that killed 6 people and harmed 81 in a heart of Istanbul was related to a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an associate of YPG. Both a YPG and PKK have denied impasse in a attack.

Washington and Moscow Encourage De-Escalation

Turkey is a member state of NATO, though out of all NATO members has a operative attribute with a Russian government. Ankara has been concerned in mediating between Kyiv and Moscow in a Ukrainian conflict. They have also been one of a usually NATO members to dispute Russian neighbors, Sweden and Finland’s bids to join NATO.

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Moscow, a believer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, says that they know Turkey’s concerns though also trust that Turkey should equivocate actions that will serve destabilize a conditions on a ground, according to Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov.


Turkey and a U.S. are also in feud over a belligerent invasion, as a U.S. has been ancillary a SDF, and by extension, a YPG militarily. Both Turkey and a U.S. appropriate a PKK as a militant organization, though Turkey views YPG and PKK as one in a same. The U.S. fears that Turkey’s operation would meddle with their objectives in quashing Islamic State change in a region.

“We tell all a partners, particularly a United States, during each level, that a YPG equals a PKK and insist with a direct that they hindrance each kind of support for terrorists,” pronounced Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.

State of a Syrian Civil War: How It Started

The ongoing dispute in Syria was creatively birthed out of a Arab Spring transformation that began in 2011. Syria saw a initial demonstrations on a Mar 15 2011, in a collateral city of Damascus. The Assad Family has had control of a nation in an peremptory persecution given 1971. This, interconnected with a fact that a Assad’s go to a Alawite Shia organisation of Islam, in contrariety to Syria’s infancy Sunni population, done Syria a primary claimant for a polite commotion of a Arab Spring to take root.

Protests in 20 cities via a nation called for Assad to step down and approved reforms to be made. But Assad would exclude to be dismissed so easily, and during demonstrations he systematic a troops to open glow on protesters, murdering and impediment over a thousand civilians by a finish of May.

Sappers of a International Mine Action Center of a Russian Ministry of Defense float by rubble in a streets of Aleppo, Syria. Courtesy of Ministry of Defense of a Russian Federation (Wikimedia CC0)

In response to a aroused recoil from a government, a organisation of officers from a troops defected and shaped a Free Syrian Army. Several other antithesis groups with several intentions and philosophies shaped including a SDF, PKK and a Islamic State organisation also famous as ISIS or ISIL. The Red Cross strictly announced a dispute a polite quarrel in Jul of 2012.

Foreign Involvement

Foreign powers were concerned in a dispute roughly immediately. The United States primarily armed and saved a FSA and a SDF to quarrel a Syrian supervision as good as a now barbarous Islamic State group, who had been holding domain in Iraq and Syria and sponsoring apprehension attacks around a world. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey also upheld a anti-Assad/anti IS coalition. Russia on a other palm along with Hezbollah, Iraq, and Iran upheld Assad’s forces. Syria had turn a concentration of unfamiliar influences and tellurian energy struggles.

Most sides seemed calm to dispute a Islamic State. The organisation had originated as an Al-Qaeda associate though became one of a antithesis groups during a start of a Syrian conflict. IS took vast portions of Western Syria and Eastern Iraq by force and in Jun of 2014 announced itself a caliphate, that in speculation would give it domestic and eremite supervision over all Muslims. It, however, was never famous as a state by any nation or muslim denomination. The U.S. done it a indicate of concentration to better IS, generally after it became transparent that they had shabby militant attacks in several European countries.

What Does a Situation Look Like Today?

With a U.S. focusing on containing and dismantling a Islamic State group, and Russia giving full support to a Syrian government, Assad has been means to benefit a gentle reason of a midst to southern regions of a country, including a vital cities of Damascus and Aleppo.

Turkish reinforcements during Afrin Campaign. Courtesy of Mark Lowen (Wikimedia CC0)

As of Mar 2022, a Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that 610,000 people have died as a outcome of a Syrian Civil War, with over 160,000 of those being municipal deaths. In addition, 2.1 million civilians have postulated injuries. Thirteen million have been displaced.

The now 11 year quarrel has grabbed reduction and reduction pleasantness from a tellurian news media, and nonetheless continues with no transparent finish in sight. Assad, with Russian support, is not expected to tumble anytime soon, and with Turkey now scheming to behind adult their atmosphere attacks on Kurdish militants with boots on a ground, it appears a genocide fee of this quarrel will usually continue to rise.




Aljazeera: Erdogan threatens Syria belligerent operation ‘as shortly as possible’

Aljazeera: Syria’s quarrel explained from a beginning

Aljazeera: What is a destiny of a Syrian Democratic Forces?

AP News: Turkey hints new Syria offensive; Russia urges restraint

The New York Times: Syrian Protesters Clash With Security Forces

Reuters: Erdogan says Turkey to dispute Kurdish militants with tanks, soldiers

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Syrian Revolution 11 years on | SOHR papers by names scarcely 161,000 municipal deaths, including 40,500 children and women


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