This info-pack aims to provide the necessary background of recent developments in Syria with Turkey’s involvement in the northeast of the country.

Abdullah KeşvelioğluMuhammed Lütfi TürkcanAlpaslan OğuzEdebali Murat AkçaJanuary 2019

This info-pack aims to provide the necessary background of recent developments in Syria as it relates to Turkey’s involvement in the northeast of the country in particular. Firstly, it gives a detailed timeline of significant events regarding the War in Syria. Secondly, it outlines the US policy in Syria including the support provided to the PYD/YPG. A section is also devoted to the nature of PKK and its links to PYD/YPG. Thirdly, the Turkish position on the War in Syria is thoroughly examined, including the cross-border military operations undertaken in the country. Finally, expert views have been compiled in order to shed light on the reasons behind the US withdrawal, the implications for Turkey’s national security, and the effects on other international actors’ positions in Syria, most notably Russia and Iran.

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