January 15, 2018

Turkish president threatens to ‘drown’ U.S.-backed force in Syria

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist Louisa Loveluck

BEIRUT — Turkish President ­Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted in anger Monday to a proposed U.S.-trained force that could lead to Kurdish militiamen being stationed on the Syrian side of Turkey’s southern border, threatening to “drown” the force before it is born.

The U.S.-led coalition confirmed Sunday that it is training recruits for a planned 30,000-strong force that will maintain security on Syria’s borders with Turkey and Iraq, as well as along the Euphrates River valley. 

But its manpower will be drawn from the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces, Washington’s favored proxy in the fight against the Islamic State and a major source of contention with Ankara, which views Syria’s Kurdish fighters as an extension of a Kurdish group in Turkey that has battled the central government for decades.

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  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...