An Analysis On How The Turkish Military May Engage The Kurds In Syria

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Ankara expected to send its forces across the border in northeast Syria following US move to withdraw troops from area.

Ankara, Turkey – The withdrawal of US troops from the area around Syria’s northeast border with Turkey has set the stage for a military confrontation between Washington’s long-time Kurdish allies and fellow NATO member Ankara.

Following President Donald Trump’s announcement on Sunday that US troops would stand aside to allow a long-threatened Turkish military operation, Turkey is expected to send its forces across the frontier within days.

While the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has been extensively armed by Washington to lead the ground fight against ISIL, it lacks the armour, artillery and air power of a modern military force.

Turkey, which boasts the second-largest army in NATO, has all the attributes of such a power and its troops have gained experience through two previous operations in northern Syria, as well as decades of fighting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) within its own borders.


WNU Editor: The Kurds may know the terrain, but the Turkish military has the armour and firepower to exploit the terrain to its advantage.

Author: Anchorman

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