ISSUE BRIEF ON “TURKEY & THE INTERVENTION IN SYRIA”

 At sunrise, on the 24th of August 2016, the Turkish forces opened fire on the ISIL border posts in Jarabulus, in an attempt to rid the town of their 2 year long hostile occupation. This Turkish offensive in Syria was well-rounded as the air strikes and ground troops supplemented each other. The Turkish ground forces were assisted by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian rebels while the US war planes overhead unleashed bombs over the Islamic State of Iraq & Levant (ISIL) forces. The ISIL weighed its options wisely and pulled its battered forces back to Al-Bab. Thus Jarabulus stands free. But is the battle ridden town truly free from the vicious cycle of political and strategic interests that is being run in Syria? It is not.

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