Analysis: The Impact of a Turkish “Safe Zone” in Northern Syria

August 12, 2015

Geopolitical Monitor

Many believe that a Turkish 'safe zone' will be used to increase attacks against the Kurdistan Workers Party in and around the Turkish border.

 

Background

If there was any question in the aftermath of the Suruc bombing in July, subsequent events have put it to rest: The Kurdistan Workers Party-Turkey peace process is finished. Violence has raged on both sides since the initial response from Turkish armed forces, and now the body count stands at 50 dead from violence in Turkey and 190 dead from air strikes on Kurdish-controlled territory.

Turkey is officially entering the war against Islamic state at the same time as it reignites its old conflict with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) – enemies that Ankara has recently described as “two sides of the same coin.”

 

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