Feb 02 2018

Syria war risks boosting Turkish independence - BBC

Turkey’s military incursion into Syria risks accentuating the country’s sense of independence and its drift away from Western allies, said Jonathan Marcus, the BBC’s diplomatic correspondent.

That possibility is a growing concern in the capitals of many of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s members, he wrote in an analysis on Friday.

The extent and scale of the military operation in Syria’s north will not only impact Turkey’s relations with Washington and NATO, but its ties with Russia, Syria and Iran as well, Marcus said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered troops into Syria two weeks ago, saying his country needed to tackle the threat posed by Kurdish militants, who are allied with the United States but affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), recognized as a terrorist group by Washington and the European Union.

The Pentagon reiterated this week that it will collect weapons from the militants once battles against Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria are complete. The Kurds have proven to reducing the threat to Syrian and global security posed by the group.