Turkey’s Protests Will Complicate US Intervention in Syria

US Expected to Use Jordan as Staging Ground for Involvement

From the moment the Syrian Civil War kicked off, Turkey has been on board, backing the rebels and hosting them in Istanbul, even giving them diplomatic access through the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

But with the US now set on intervention in Syria, visions of funneling arms through Turkey and potentially even setting up a no-fly zone there is complicated, with Turkey facing its own major protests and violent crackdowns, its going to complicate using Turkish soil.

That means the US is going to have to rely on Jordanian territory even more as a staging ground, with the recent addition of Patriot missiles to the nation setting up the prospect of a no-fly zone there, and the Jordanian government allowing a bigger and bigger US presence, despite growing concerns among civilians that it is going to get Jordan sucked into the war directly.

While their not on the Syrian border, Egypt is also on board with the Syrian conflict, with the ruling Muslim Brotherhood backing the “jihad” and insisting that all sectarian wars ever in the history of Islam were the Shi’ites’ fault.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.