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Turkey’s offensive in northwest Syria compared to Israel’s in Gaza, the West Bank, & Lebanon (J. Post via IMFA)

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Jan. 28, 2018

The Jerusalem Post discusses the Turkish offensive in northwest Syria aimed at clearing the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the area that began on January 20, and states: “The offensive marks an escalation in the already complex and deadly conflict, risks creating a rift between Washington and Ankara, and opens a new front line that further complicates attempts to resolve the Syrian war.” Noting the similarity of the Turkish operation to Israel’s in Gaza and the West Bank and against Hezbollah in Lebanon and the silence of both the EU and the UN, the editor contends: “The international community should subject Turkey to the same standards, monitoring closely any civilian casualties and also examining the role of any extremist elements among the Syrian rebels in the operation. Border security must not be an excuse for a wide-ranging new conflict in northern Syria against Kurds who have helped defeat ISIS.”

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