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Will Turkey invade Syria? 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. Turkey’s aggression in Northern Syria

Turkey has shown its interests in Syria are concrete, and their main target is the Kurds, the latest move showing that Turkish Armed Forces destroyed PKK terror targets in northwestern Syria Turkey’s Defense Ministry said on Monday. Since 2016, Turkey has conducted two major military operations in northwestern Syria Operations Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch to purge the region of terrorist groups Daesh and the YPG, which is the Syrian branch of the terrorist organisation PKK. The Kurdish terrorist group has long been launching attacks on Turkey.

2. Erdogan’s suspicious talks with Putin

Furthermore, Erdogan has appeared to take a surprising road to achieve his interests in Syria, as the Turkish President has arrived in Russia for a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, about the situation in northern Syria. The meeting was set up after a phone call between Erdogan and Putin in which the Turkish president described the situation in Idlib as a humanitarian disaster and a threat to national security in Turkey. However, Turkey’s intentions with Russia could go further, as Russia may benefit from aligning itself with Turkey should they gain control of Northern Syria.

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