This is the first comprehensive counter-terror operation against the PKK. This time, the military strategy is not only targeting to eliminate PKK terrorists but also aiming to clean and hold the territory where the PKK has any presence.
If the United States keeps its promises on Manbij, it will be able to solve its specific problems with Turkey and, more broadly, hold talks on the future of Syria and Iran with the Turks.
Does President Trump really believe that the U.S. will withdraw from Syria?
Macron’s attempt to enter Syria through the back door not only remind us of the ignominious policies during the French Mandate for Syria, but suggest he still has some road to travel before becoming a man in international politics.
Following the success of Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, a complicated future waits for the PKK terrorist organization.
“Turkey’s “allies” that arm, train, and protect the PKK may keep the group safe in some zones for some time, but this was not enough to stop Turkey in Afrin and may not be enough in the next battleground.”
Following successful counter terrorism operations in Northern Syria, Turkey resolute to entirely clean all of its borders with Syria and Iraq from terror elements.
“At this point, the West has to understand that further negligence of Turkey by the U.S. and other Western countries will further alienate Turkey and push it toward collaborating with other alternative actors such as Russia and China.”
Can Manbij become an area of cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey?
The Afrin operation is a major blow to terrorists in northern Syria and should be supported by everyone who takes a clear stance against terrorism in all of its forms.