The Turkish invasion into north-eastern Syria has started a new phase in the 8-year long war. After a five-day ceasefire brokered by the Untied States, Ankara and Moscow have reached a deal: Kurdish forces were given a 150-hour deadline to withdraw from a zone running 18 miles deep zone along Turkey’s border.
President Erdogan’s plans for northern Syria also include the repatriation of more than 3 million Syrian refugees currently residing in Turkey. The new balance of power in Syria is a major concern for President Bashar Al-Assad, who for the first time in years, has visited the frontlines of the conflict in the Idlib province – where the next great battle is looming.
Aykan Erdemir, former member of the Turkish parliament and senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, tells ‘TIJ Talks’ what is Erdogan’s end goal in Syria; Journalist Baderkhan Ahmad reports from Syria on the fragility of the ceasefire; Professor Paul Poast analyses Trump’s pullout from Syria and the U.S. changing interests in the region.