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Turkey hits Kandil before June elections

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13.06.2018

Turkey’s changing security doctrine stipulates more of an offensive approach than defensive, with intensified anti-terror campaigns in neighboring Iraq and Syria, where the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Syrian offshoot, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), have long been sheltering and posing threats from.

This doctrine began to be implemented in August 2016 with Operation Euphrates Shield, which wiped out the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and YPG terrorists from an area of around 2,000 kilometers between the Mare-Jarabulus line along the Syria-Turkey borderline. The Turkish troops and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) elements continue to control al-Bab and other cities in this pocket in the northwestern Syria province although the operation was finalized in early 2017.

Turkey’s second cross-border operation, “Operation Olive Branch” launched early in 2018, targeted the YPG’s presence in the Afrin province of Syria. The successful completion of these military........

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