Briefing on Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, Syria


25 January 2018

Turkey’s latest military operation in Syria will be defined as much by its diplomatic impact as by its success or failure on the ground  

  • The Turkish Armed Forces face significant obstacles to achieving a decisive victory against the predominantly Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin
  • This is likely to be compounded by growing pressure from the US and Russia to bring the operation to an end
  • Instead, Turkey is seeking to shift the balance of power in Northern Syria by weakening the YPG’s negotiating position ahead of moves towards a permanent national settlement

Turkey has begun its long anticipated military operation in Syria’s Afrin region. Following sustained airstrikes on January 20, Turkish ground forces, in coordination with Syrian rebel groups, began incursions into Afrin from the north, west and east…

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