Turkey


Turkey Backing Jihadist Militias

The offensive perpetrated by the Turkish Military Forces against the Kurdish Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) launched on 9 October 2019 has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in the region and given extensive support to Islamic militias. Since this invasion, various news organizations have reported that the Turkish effort to create a […]


Turkey Says Kurdish YPG Has Not Fully Withdrawn From Syrian Border

Two U.S.-backed sides are at odds as a crucial deadline determining Syria’s future actions towards Kurdish forces comes close. The YPG has been occupying a strip of territory along the Turkish-Syrian border and has been ordered by both Turkish and Russian officials to evacuate by 6 p.m. local time on […]


U.S. And Turkey Reach Ceasefire Agreement In Syria

On Thursday, a week after Trump decided to remove U.S. troops from Syria to clear the way for a Turkish military operation, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the U.S. and Turkey had agreed to a ceasefire in northeastern Syria. This announcement came after five hours of talks between Vice […]


Amidst A Tenuous Ceasefire In North-eastern Syria, Conflict Continues

The situation in north-eastern Syria continues to worsen amidst a temporary ceasefire. The ceasefire, reached on Thursday, calls for the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from an area of land that runs 30km into Syria and spans 440km of the Turkish-Syrian border. If this has not occurred by Tuesday, Turkey will […]


In Bid For Survival, Kurds Ally With Assad Regime Against Turkey

Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s sudden decision to militarily withdraw from Syria last week, Kurdish leaders have struck a deal with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to join with Syrian regime forces in fighting against an incursion by Turkey, a country that has long repressed the Kurdish people, dismissing their calls […]


A Spiralling Humanitarian Catastrophe: U.S. Troops Dramatically Abandon Kurdish Allies, Paving The Way For A Turkish Offensive

The thundering of jets overhead, billowing towers of smoke from airstrikes and 64,000 civilians fleeing the anarchy of heavy fighting in northern Syria has been reported by the BBC. This is due to Turkey’s recent invasion in the region, which occurred on Wednesday, 9th October. The invasion was catalyzed by […]


U.S. Announces Sanctions On Turkish Government Over Syrian Offensive

On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on the Turkish state as a punishment for Ankara’s ongoing military operations in Northern Syria. The decision comes a week after Turkey began its military campaign against the Kurdish ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) following the U.S.’s decision to withdraw its troops from […]


Turkish-Aligned Forces Take Syrian Border Town As Humanitarian Costs Soar

On Saturday 12 October, Turkish-backed Syrian rebels entered the border town of Ras al Ain. At the time of writing, reports of Turkish control of the town are uncertain; while Turkish sources claim that the town has been captured, Kurdish-led forces maintain that fighting continues. This comes only days after […]


Trump Announces Troop Withdrawal From Northern Syria

On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump declared that almost all American forces currently stationed in northern Syria to help combat the Islamic State are to be withdrawn, as Turkish forces prepare to take on the responsibility, according to the Boston Globe. This has elicited numerous protests from within the United […]


One Step Closer To Peace In Syria: Constitutional Committee Formed

After almost two years of discussions, and a more than eight-year conflict in Syria, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on 23 September the formation of a Syrian constitutional committee. However, the director and spokesperson of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mustafa Bali, commented to a special UN envoy […]