November 28, 2022

IntelBrief: Turkiye Steps up Attacks on Kurds Along the Border

AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed

Bottom Line up Front

  • Turkiye has been attacking Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq in response to a November 13 terrorist attack in central Istanbul.
  • Ankara is threatening to launch a ground operation to widen the buffer zone along its border with Syria.
  • The Turkish offensives are increasing strains with Washington, which is allied with Kurdish groups in both Syria and Iraq.
  • The assistance Ankara is providing to Ukraine is mitigating U.S. criticism of the Turkish operations in Iraq and Syria.