Why did the Turkish army intensify operations near Syria? | TV Show News

From: The Inside Story

Turkey states that it is determined to ensure the security of the southern border.

Tension has increased on Turkey’s border with northern Syria.

Turkey’s Defense Ministry said its forces have hit nearly 500 targets in Kurdish-controlled areas since Sunday.

Turkey also reports casualties among SDF-Syrian Democratic Forces fighters.

Turkey’s attacks follow a Nov. 13 bombing in Istanbul, which the government blames on the outlawed Kurdish group, the PKK.

Ankara says it is targeting bases in Syria belonging to the YPG, a Kurdish group linked to the PKK.

Since 2016, Turkish forces have conducted three ground operations to clear YPG fighters from northern Syria.

Now President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promises to start another military operation.

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Presenter: Adrian Finigan


Galip Dalay is a non-resident senior researcher at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs

Mahjoob Zweiri – Director of the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University

Lawrence Korb is a former Assistant Secretary of Defense and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress