Turkish Claims that the PKK Is Operating in Nagorno-Karabakh Set Dangerous Precedent
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Turkish Claims that the PKK Is Operating in Nagorno-Karabakh Set Dangerous Precedent

Conflict sparked up again yesterday in Artsakh, or more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh, when Azerbaijan launched an offensive against Armenian forces. Although the Republic of Artsakh is not recognized by any state, including Armenia, and it is still internationally recognized as occupied Azerbaijani territory, it achieved a de facto independence in 1994. As acting Commissar…

A 'Security Zone' in Northern Syria? Easier Said Than Done
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A 'Security Zone' in Northern Syria? Easier Said Than Done

Under pressure from opponents in the United States, President Donald Trump last week raised the prospect of establishing a 20-mile (32km) “security zone” in northern Syria to prevent a Turkish military operation against the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a US-backed Kurdish militia. Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, initially have appeared eager to accept…

Why Turkey’s Military Operation East of the Euphrates Could Reshape Region
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Why Turkey’s Military Operation East of the Euphrates Could Reshape Region

The phrase “red line” has become commonplace in the rhetoric of world leaders, referencing unacceptable actions or policies.  For Turkey, the presence of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) along its border with Syria is a matter of national security, coloured in the most vibrant shade of crimson. While the US views the YPG as the…

Here’s What may be Driving a US Troop Withdrawal from Syria
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Here’s What may be Driving a US Troop Withdrawal from Syria

Reports of a total and immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria come amid heightening tensions — and growing risk of military confrontation — between the U.S. and Turkey. Turkish forces want to push their troops into Syria. The U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds want to keep the Turkish forces out. And the U.S. has struggled for…

Would Israel Attack Turkish Troops in Syria in Order to Drag America Back Into The War?
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Would Israel Attack Turkish Troops in Syria in Order to Drag America Back Into The War?

Of the multiple aerial attacks that Israel has committed against Syria since the beginning of the present conflict, all have been in western Syria. Israel’s proximate justification for these illegal attacks is that it seeks to target Iranian and Iran allied forces in Syria (aka Hezbollah and Popular Mobilisation Units). In reality, the attacks also…