Assad Can’t Put The Syrian-Kurdish Genie Back In The Bottle

YPG fighters in Raqqa in 2016

by Paul Iddon Kurds in Syria are currently negotiating their future with the Syrian regime in Damascus. They want the decentralisation and democratisation of Syria, which will ensure their own continued self-rule. While it’s unlikely they will achieve such an ambitious… Continue Reading  

What’s Next in the Turkey-Kurd-U.S. Imbroglio?

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by Robert Olson This is a question asked by Metin Gurcan in Al-Monitor on August 31. Gurcan proffers several possible scenarios as to what Turkey’s policies toward the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units… Continue Reading  

Turkish Troops in Syria Deepen America’s Quandary

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by Robert E. Hunter The Turkish military incursion into Syria is yet another chapter in the continuing tragedy for that country, for Syrians of all confessions and ethnicities, and indeed for most of the Middle East. Ankara is acting, it… Continue Reading  

Jarabulus: Another Escalation in the War between Turkey and the Kurds

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by Robert Olson On August 24, Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield, an attack on the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Jarabulus, a small town located on the Turkish-Syrian. While Turkey has had troops on the Syrian side of the border… Continue Reading  

Making Sense of The Turkey-ISIS Mess

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by Graham E. Fuller Among the many confusing factors swirling around the whole ISIS phenomenon is the role, or roles, of Turkey in the situation. It might be helpful to tick off some of the major salient factors that compete… Continue Reading