• Why the US-Turkish accord over Syria might falter / Simon Waldman

    Last week Washington managed to prevent a large-scale Turkish incursion into Syria. Turkey had tens of thousands of troops by the border at the ready. Firebrand president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that an invasion was imminent East of the Euphrates in order to carve out a 30 to 40-kilometre safe zone deep into Syrian territory, which would be free of the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG.



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    Last week Washington managed to prevent a large-scale Turkish incursion into Syria. Turkey had tens of thousands of troops by the border at the ready. Firebrand president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that an invasion was imminent East of the Euphrates in order to carve out a 30 to 40-kilometre safe zone deep into Syrian territory, which would be free of the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG.

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  • Syrians in Kurdish areas feel military service is unfair / Shivan IbrahimSyrians in Kurdish areas feel military service is unfair / Shivan Ibrahim

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  • Turkey’s drift from the West under Erdogan / Ahmet S. YaylaTurkey’s drift from the West under Erdogan / Ahmet S. Yayla

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