Is The U.S. Shifting Sides? Current Turkey – U.S. Relations

The U.S. and Turkey partnership has come under serious strains due to continuous differing policies and conflict of interest of the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East. Both nations’ partnership is built on distrust, suspicion, and absence of effort to fix the recurring differences. The current strains are due to […]

Victims Caught In Syrian And Turkish Relations

In Northern Syria, on the border with Turkey, the “People’s Protection Unit” or YPG (in Kurdish, Yekîneyên Parastina Gel) have occupied the town of Afrin. The YPG have been linked to the separatist group the Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK (in Kurdish, Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê), who are based in Turkey […]

Turkey Tells U.S: Stop Backing Syrian Kurds

On January 20th, the Turkish military offensive into Afrin, known as “Operation Olive Branch”, began. Turkey’s goal is to eliminate an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 members of the Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the YPG, who control the area. Turkey claims the YPG has ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party […]

Syrian Refugees Shot And Beaten At The Turkish Border

Syrian refugees escaping from the intensifying violence in the north-west region of Syria are facing indiscriminate shots and beatings at the Turkish border. Refugees who succeeded in crossing the border via smuggling routes into Turkey told of Turkish border guards shooting at them, with others reporting of asylums seekers being […]

U.S. And Turkey Butting Heads In The Middle East

U.S. forces involved in the Syrian Civil war openly support the YPG Syrian-Kurd militia who have clashed with Turkey in Northern Syria. Trump has warned Turkey not to bring the U.S. and Turkish forces into conflict with each other, urging cessation of its military operation in Northern Syria. The Turkish […]

Battle At The Borders: Why More Responsibility Needs To Be Taken For Syrian Refugees

This week news about two different borders caught my attention; one about the Syrian border with Lebanon and the other with Turkey. Individually they alarmed me, but together they significantly call for a change in how the UN, governments and NGOs manage the Syrian conflict. The conflict which began in […]

Turkey Ground Forces Enter Syria’s Afrin District

On the 21st of January, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim made a press release stating that the Turkish armed forces had crossed into the Syrian district of Afrin located in the Aleppo Governorate of northwestern Syria. At the time of writing, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported that the units included […]

Operation Olive Branch Intensifies as Turkish Troops enter Afrin, Syria

Turkish troops have crossed the Syrian border as Operation Olive Branch enters into its ground offensive stage. This development follows a week of escalating aggression between Turkish and Kurdish forces, which has so far resulted in 13 confirmed casualties and destruction of local houses. Though submerged within the context of […]