Alarm Builds As Turkey Gets Closer To Invading Northern Syria

Turkey has launched recent air strikes targeting Kurdish units in Syria and Iraq
Turkey-backed Syrian fighters man positions on the outskirts of the town of Kuljibrin, in the country's northern Aleppo governorate, facing positions of the Kurdish-controlled area of Tal Rifaat, on November 25, 2022. - Since November 20, Turkey has carried out air strikes against the semi-autonomous Kurdish zones in north and northeastern Syria, and across the border in Iraq. Those raids, which started in Kobane, have killed 58 Kurdish fighters and Syrian soldiers as well as a Kurdish journalist, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Ankara has threatened a ground offensive and made clear that Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab, would be a primary objective. (Photo by Bakr ALKASEM / AFP) (Photo by BAKR ALKASEM/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Turkey’s planned ground invasion into Syria to root-out the U.S.-allied Kurds could potentially lead to the release of thousands of imprisoned Islamic State terrorists.
  • In northeastern Syria, Syrian Kurdish forces have imprisoned thousands of ISIS terrorists from more than 50 countries.
  • The Pentagon’s press secretary, Brigadier General Patrick Ryder, said, “Recent air strikes in Syria directly threatened the safety of U.S. personnel who are working in Syria with local partners to defeat ISIS and maintain custody of more than 10,000 ISIS detainees.”

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