RELEASE: CAP Analysis: Possible Turkish Offensive Against Kurds in Syria Risks Widening War

Washington, D.C. — With Turkish troops threatening a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in Northern Syria, a new analysis from the Center for American Progress says the move could trigger a new, bloody phase of the long-running Syrian civil war.

Ankara views the strong Kurdish presence along Turkey’s southern border as a major threat to its national security, given the country’s long-running domestic Kurdish insurgency. But a Turkish offensive in the Kurdish-held region of Afrin would bring tremendous risks of a widening conflict, the analysis says.

It could spark a wider war with Syrian Kurdish forces, igniting a new phase of the Syrian war and increasing tensions with the United States at a time when Washington is trying to de-escalate the military conflict in the hopes of pursuing an eventual political settlement.

Read the column: “Potential Turkish Military Move on Afrin Risks Wider War,” by Max Hoffman.

For more information or to speak to an expert, please contact Sam Hananel at 202-478-6327 or shananel@americanprogress.org.