Would Turkey Intervene In Syria To Counter Kurdish Advances?
Turkey Warned Against Intervening In Syria
Amid new reports that Turkey is considering intervening in Syria to displace ISIS and to counter Kurdish advances, Syria’s leading Kurdish party issued a statement that was a thinly-veiled warning to Ankara that “military intervention in Rojava will have local, regional and international repercussions and will contribute to complicating the political situation in Syria and the Middle East and threaten international security and peace.”
The warning comes in the wake of the Syrian Kurds’ successful fight against ISIS fighters in Tal Abyad this week.
“Kurdish fighters expelled ISIS from the Mashur al-Fawqani district that they had captured yesterday (Tuesday),” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reports Al Arabiya News.
Syria’s main Kurdish party warned Turkey on Wednesday that any military intervention would threaten international peace and said the country’s main Kurdish militia is ready to face any “aggression.”
Also weighing in against Turkey intervening militarily is the leader of the nation’s top opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP).
In an interview with the daily newspaper Hürriyet, Kemal KIlıçdaorğlu said, “I am warning you. Don’t you dare.”
Will Turkey Invade Syria?
The emerging concern in the Middle East centers around discussions being held by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government to militarily intervene to provide a safe haven for displaced Syrians within Syria and to prevent the emergence of “terrorist statelets” along the Turkish border, says Brookings Institution scholars Kemal Kirişci and Sinan Ekim.
“This would be a move that would highly destabilise the region and become a major point of contention with the West,” Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defence of Democracies, tells Reuters UK.
According to the wire service, top aides to Erdogan have talked with NATO allies about border security and have already developed a legal justification “for moves to preserve that security.”