Explained: Why Turkey wants a military assault on Syrian Kurds

A Turkish military operation against Syrian Kurdish territory could unleash instability, displacement and intense fighting. The Kurds are warning of ethnic cleansing and all-out war.

Turkey has launched a long-threatened military incursion against a US-backed, Kurdish-led militia alliance in northeastern Syria, setting the stage for a potential bloodbath and instability across the region for years to come.
US President Donald Trump surprisingly announced US troops would pull away from the Turkish-Syrian border, allowing Turkey to carry out an operation against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Trump’s apparent green light to Ankara — despite opposition from the Pentagon, State Department and much of Congress — marks a stunning abandonment of the SDF, which has said it lost more than 11,000 fighters spearheading the battle against the “Islamic State” (IS) group in Syria.

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  1. If the aim was really a ‘security corridor’ why not make one on the Turkish side of the border?

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