Thursday 15 Mar
According to Turkish officials over 70 percent of Syria’s Afrin region has been secured from US backed Kurdish fighters in its Operation Olive Branch. Since the start of Syria’s conflict in 2011, the YPG and its allies have set up three autonomous regions in the north, including Afrin. Washington's assistance for the Kurdish force infuriated Turkey. Ankara sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party or the PKK, which has waged a decades-long armed rebellion in Turkey killing an estimated 40,000 people. The United States has about 2,000 soldiers based in Manbij - about 100km east of Afrin - who work with the YPG. Erdogan has urged the US to pull out of the area, but American military officers say they have no intention of doing so. And what does the future hold now that we have entered into the 8th year of the Syrian civil war?
Kerim Balci, Editor in Chief of Turkish review and a research fellow at Turkey Institute and Wafik Moustafa, Chair at Conservative Arab Network discusses.
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