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December 13, 2018

No removal of border walls amid Turkish threats, but fear remains in Serekaniye

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Kurdistan 24

Journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg

The mixed town of Serekaniye (Ras al-Ain) was quiet on Thursday and, despite some rumors, there was no sign of Turkey removing any wall along its southern border with Syria.

Kurdistan 24 visited the town where shops were open and no sign that any portion of the wall was being removed.

A resident in the area said people in Serekaniye are not afraid following threats from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday to launch an operation in the east of the Euphrates within a “few days.”

“In Serekaniye, there is no fear,” 40-year-old Ismail told Kurdistan 24.

“People are opening their shops. We are not concerned about Erdogan’s threats. If he had the ability to do so, he would have done it before.”

Read the full article and more on Kurdistan 24.


  • Nicholas Heras

    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...