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Operation Olive Branch and the Strategy Behind Turkey’s Operation

Launched on January 20, Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch aims at clearing Syria’s northwestern Afrin region from terrorist organizations DAESH and YPG/PKK, which are considered as threats to Turkey’s national security. Turkey claims that YPG is Syrian arm of PKK and the military wing of PYD terrorist group backed by United States. Days after the United States informed establishment of Border Security Force composed of YPG-dominated SDF group near Turkey’s border in northern Syria, Turkey commenced the military operation towards Afrin.

Afrin region is located in the northwest Syria bordering Turkey. Until the start of operations, the region was known as one of major centers for YPG militants. Syria’s Assad regime, without any fight, had left Afrin city to terrorist groups in July 2012. Since March 12, Afrin city center is has been surrounded by the Turkish Military Forces. It should be noted that roughly 65 % of Turkish-Syrian border was controlled by YPG.

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Elnur ISMAYIL
Dr., BILGESAM General Coordinator

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