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