Turkey’s Erdogan presses offensive in Syria boosted by a nationalist surge at home – The Washington Post

The stated goal of the mission is to clear Syrian Kurdish fighters from northern Syria, a pledge Erdogan has made repeatedly to the Turkish public. Ankara considers the fighters terrorists because of their links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has fought a decades-long insurgency inside Turkey. The security establishment in Turkey shares Erdogan’s goal and has carried out regular attacks on PKK fighters in northern Iraq for years, albeit with far less fanfare, Ozel said.

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