Turkey Threatens North Syria Intervention, Drone Strike Kills Four

Syrian forces prepare to resist any Turkish aggression

Four Kurdish force members in northern Syria were killed Thursday morning in a Turkish drone attack, raising tensions in a region where war is liable to break out at any time.

War is always on the horizon in any Kurdish territory near Turkey. With the Turkish forces already engaged in an operation in Iraq, Turkish officials say that a new military campaign in Syria could begin “at any time.”

The Syrian forces are engaging in artillery strikes in the north as well, trying to keep Turkey on their heels, and scrambling to prepare their troops to resist any possible military intervention.

Turkey’s offensive plans are built more or less wholly around going after the Kurdish YPG in Syria, who they consider terrorists. The YPG is allied with the US, but with the US unlikely to get involved, they’ve also gotten closer with the Assad government on resisting invasions.

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.