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19: Turkey’s October 2019 incursion into Syria, Background, and U.S. Relations

19: Turkey’s October 2019 incursion into Syria, Background, and U.S. Relations

Update: 2019-12-04
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This episode focuses on October’s Incursion into Syria and the withdrawal of US troops that was reported on the in media. However, this episode provides a much deeper understanding of the issues in the region and offers information and analysis on five points with regard to Turkey:

  1. Turkey’s strategic orientation toward the United States and Russia, and how that affects Turkish cooperation with the United States and NATO;
  2. Turkey’s October 2019 incursion into Syria, including the effect on Syrian Kurds who have helped the United States counter the Islamic State;
  3. Trump Administration sanctions and their reversal, possible sanctions from Congress, and other options after Turkey’s October incursion into Syria;
  4. Issues surrounding Turkey’s purchase of a Russian S-400 surface-to-air defense system, its removal from the F-35 aircraft program, and possible sanctions under existing legislation; and
  5. Domestic Turkish developments, including politics under President Erdogan’s largely authoritarian and polarizing rule, and some economic concerns.

Acronyms of involved organizations:

  • PKK - Kurdistan Workers’ Party
  • YPG - Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units 
  • PYD - Democratic Union Party
  • SDF – Syrian Democratic Forces

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19: Turkey’s October 2019 incursion into Syria, Background, and U.S. Relations

19: Turkey’s October 2019 incursion into Syria, Background, and U.S. Relations