Turkey sets the stage for its invasion of Kurdish Syria
The long-anticipated Turkish invasion of Kurdistan is looking like it will soon be a reality, set to mark a new relationship with the US, which has been backing Kurdish fighters for years. And that's not the only aftershock the region will feel, writes Professor Damien Kingsbury.
A little under 20% of Turkey’s population is Kurdish, concentrated in its east, and Turkey has long resisted -- sometimes brutally -- attempts at Kurdish independence. There is also a small ethnic Turk population in northern Syria, which Turkey has armed and supported against other groups, including Islamic State and the YPG.