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Why is Turkey expanding its military operations in northern Syria?



The Kurdish-led forces who helped the United States defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) in Syria have accused Washington of reneging on its commitments by pulling out troops from the country’s northeast and clearing the way for a Turkish assault on the Kurdish-controlled region.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), was Washington’s main ally in Syria in the fight against ISIL. In recent years, they have expanded their control in northern and eastern Syria, in a vast area stretching 480km (300 miles) from the Euphrates River to the Iraq border.
But Turkey considers the Kurdish forces a “terrorist organisation” linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long armed campaign for autonomy in Turkey.

Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman and chief adviser for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaks to Al Jazeera.

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22 comments

  1. YPG will never ever do that

  2. I'm not Turkish but I would let them deal with their border just like we deal with ours. So just before everyone jumps and blames Turkey remember they are the barrier for Europe.

  3. WE WANT SEE BACK USMAN EMPIRE

    PAKISTAN

  4. Love you Turkey. Thank you for protecting civil people and Christian children too. And thanks to women journalist to show their hate to whole middle-east

  5. Turkish is number one terrorit.

  6. Don’t panic Syria needs financially resources for a great environment.

  7. Salam Turkey from Pakistan love Turkey

  8. Turkish are those who will be much influenced what resulted in syria so they have a right to make prevention
    Prevention is better than cure

    Trump and Natanyahu are evils and worl distructors they believe this formula
    One mans poison is another mans meat
    They benifit fron the distruction of the other world

  9. I'm Indian. Ardu tnks, vvv good, sirya n turki together discuss. I want. Masalla.

  10. We come soon please be patient.! Turkish Army ❤

  11. Does turkey support the creation of Kurdistan?

  12. 🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪🌷💐🌺🌼🌻🌹🇹🇷

  13. What's is wrong with the anchor? She was trapped on her own amaturish attempts to distructing the guy.He nailed it though.

  14. Because we want it and pkk can suck my a**

  15. Why doesn't France help why doesn't Europe why not other allies why just us and not other people of NATO how is this all on one man and democracy everyone needs to play their part and worth???

  16. I think these syrian refugees should be sent to Europe like france Germany and Britain

  17. THIS TELEPROMPTER READER IS AN XY CHROMOSOME MALE THAT THINKS HE IS FOOLING YOU BUT HE IS ONLY FOOLING HIMSELF

  18. Turkey the freaking hypocrite together doing the same thing as tail with stew say one thing and then do another we should make Toki we'd the natal unit and we f* you up is never been part of it

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