Analysts say doing so could potentially bring Turkish forces into a confrontation with the United States and Russia, which back the Kurdish fighters, known as the YPG. Ankara considers the YPG militia, which controls Afrin
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu
Afrin its proximity to the Turkish border, and if it remains in the Kurdish hands, it enables the Kurds to have a kind of corridor, which could eventually link with northern Iraq and then have a way to the sea.
Turkey view Afrin as a threat in itself.
Such a nonsense, how can such a small area be a threat?
The movement into Idlib, Turkey’s primary aim, is to control Afrin, from the west-southwest
Many of the Turkish forces deployed in Idlib are massed on hills overlooking Afrin
Ankara, however, faces major diplomatic obstacles before it can launch any military operation against Afrin.
The Kurds are supported by the U.S. and to some extent Russia
if you recall when Turkey acted against the Kurds in Afrin. Russia immediately sent in observers, and deployed them between the Kurdish and Turkish forces
Analysts suggest Ankara is pressuring Washington in order to gain a freer hand against the YPG
Both Washington and Moscow are continuing to court the Syrian Kurdish forces, which control around a quarter of Syrian territory.
Questions also remain over whether the Turkish military is capable of launching an offensive into Afrin.
But the Kurdish canton, which is heavily fortified, I am sure, is going to be valiantly protected, which could turn into a bloodbath
Much of Afrin is mountainous and the YPG forces have had many years to build up fortifications.
It’s not feasible at all; there is no legal ground, there is no political ground
Turkish army is currently overstretched to intervene militarily into Afrin
Analysts say the rhetoric may be a way for the ruling AK Party to gain votes as elections are due in two years.