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Turkey forces US to revise its Syria policy

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Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch” in Syria’s Afrin is the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TSK) third cross-border offensive in the last year and a half.

The first was “Operation Euphrates Shield,” which took place between August 2016 and March 2017, and aimed to remove the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from a 100-kilometer strip of the Turkish-Syrian border along the Azaz-Jarablus line. This operation was considered a part of the anti-ISIL coalition’s efforts to eliminate jihadist threats in the Syrian theater. Coalition forces provided limited contribution to the operation at the time.

The second Turkish operation was launched in mid-October in the Idlib region of Syria following a trilateral agreement with Russia and Iran that sought to monitor the ceasefire between the Syrian regime and the opposition groups to establish a de-escalation zone in the area. Turkey has so far built three observation spots and is expected to accomplish the remaining nine spots in the following weeks and months.

“Operation Olive Branch”........

© Hürriyet Daily News