Turkey’s potential military operation in Syria’s Afrin: A Legal Analysis

By Lokman B. Cetinkaya, TRT World

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On what grounds could Turkey intervene in Syria’s Afrin?

Syria’s continuing failure to halt the large-scale outpouring of refugees across international borders and, more importantly, to prevent cross-border terrorist attacks originating from its territory, is indicative of Assad’s inability or unwillingness to take action to protect the rights of other states.

The existence of terrorist groups, particularly the PKK’s Syrian wing the YPG, alongside its border with Syria poses a serious threat to Turkey. The Henry Jackson Society, a UK-based think tank, for instance, has outlined that the PKK and YPG “are organically integrated components of the same organisation—sharing membership, ideology, and a command structure.”

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