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Syria: Turkey raises the bar in Kurdistan, but in a counterproductive way

Turkey raises the bar in Kurdistan, but in a counterproductive way. Operation Claw-Sword drones strike a joint SDF-Inherent Resolve base north of Hasaka and near a Russian military facility in Tel Tamr

Turkey raises the bar of its operations in Syria, going so far as to attack a joint SDF-Inherent Resolve base north of Hasaka and a military vehicle near a Russian military installation in Tel Tamr with drones. In the first case, as reported by the local media, two members of the SDF special forces (YAT) died and three others were injured. In the second, however, there are no signs of possible victims but only of material damage. The new offensive in Ankara, called Operation Claw-Sword, officially aims to eliminate possible security risks for Turkey deriving from PKK terrorists, especially after the November 13 Istanbul bomb attack. The areas involved are northern Syria and Iraq (Dohuk), in fact a large part of Kurdistan. Moreover, the strikes could soon be followed by a real land invasion, as President Recep Tayyp Erdogan has announced.

Ankara’s real goals and the mistakes made with the “allies”

The raids and the threat of a land offensive in Syria have caused tension in the Middle Eastern country to skyrocket. Indeed, Turkey is using the Istanbul attack as an excuse to extend its influence in the quadrant at all costs, trying to reach the oil fields now controlled by the Kurds and protected by international forces. On the other hand, however, in addition to being a member of NATO and having the right of self-defense against threats to its security, Ankara can also count on the fact that it is the main mediator in the war between Russia and Ukraine and that it has already obtained a positive result, unlocking grain exports. As a result, it is difficult for the international community to oppose Operation Claw-Sword. The only way to stop Turkish expansionist aims is to limit its operations in Kurdistan and in this sense the strikes against the “allies” provide a precious assist to put on the negotiating table.

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