Today, September 3, Turkish military units crossed the border into Syria, opening a new front against ISIS with tanks entering the Syrian town of al-Rai.
The largest opposition party in Turkey, Republican People’s Party (CHP), publicly supported Operation “Euphrates Shield”, but called it “long overdue”. The Pro-Kurdish and Turkey’s 3rd largest party Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP) criticized the AKP government for dragging the nation into “vortex of war“ without the consent of the parliament.
Last night, after the Iftar dinner in the Turkish province of Kilis, which borders Syria, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that millions of Syrian refugees will be granted a chance to become Turkish citizens.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) group, an alliance of Kurdish, Arabic and Syriac Christian militias, continues to make strategic gains against ISIS. The SDF appears poised to capture Manbij, which is to the west of the Euphrates, further diminishing ISIS’ reach. Moreover, these continued advances have led to increased speculation that the SDF will indeed …