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    Sticking points between Syria and Turkey / Michael JansenSunday 1 January 2023

    Sticking points between Syria and Turkey / Michael Jansen

    Last week’s meeting in Moscow of the Syrian and Turkish defense ministers appears to have led to the suspension of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s threat to mount a major military operation against US-sponsored Syrian Kurdish forces engaged in the fight against Daesh. Erdogan regards the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as offshoots of Turkey's Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) which has staged an insurgency since 1984.  He blames the YPG for the November 15th bombing which killed six and injured 81 in a pedestrianized market in central Istanbul. The YPG has flatly rejected this charge.

    Turkey does not need permission for Syria military operation: ministerThursday 22 December 2022

    Turkey does not need permission for Syria military operation: minister

    Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said his country does not need permission to carry out military operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the People's Defense Units (YPG) in northern Syria.