Turkish military operation in Syria has ended

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 1.4.2017 20:59

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on 29 March announced that the Turkish military operation ‘Euphrates Shield’ in Syria has ended. However, he suggested that Turkey might deploy more troops in new cross-border campaigns.

The main aim of Euphrates Shield was to support the Syrian Free Army (FSA) in fighting against Islamic State (IS) and stop the advance of Kurdish militias to the Turkish-Syrian borders. The Kurdish militia (YPG), which is a part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is a sensitive issue in the relationship between Turkey and the US. The US directly support the SDF during the offensive on al-Raqqa where Turkey is also involved and criticises the Kurdish contribution to the operation. Yildirim and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Syrian conflict with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on 30 March. The US considers Turkey as a strong actor in regional security as well as a key player in the fight against IS and expects that Turkey will contribute to the stabilisation of Syria. Tillerson announced at the meeting that the US no longer insists on the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, his words later confirmed Nikky Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN.

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