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Turkey, Russia wage proxy war against Washington in Syria

Syrian Kurds say Russia gave Turkey the green light for the Afrin operation after the Kurds refused to cede Afrin to the Syrian regime; can Turkey turn the situation to its long-term advantage?

Turkey’s Free Syrian Army-backed Afrin operation has probably put an end to speculation on where Russia stands when it comes to Syrian Kurds and Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been adamant on Turkey’s intention to send Turkish troops into Afrin to dislodge Syrian Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) there. Erdogan believes Syrian self-rule in northern Syria is more dangerous for Turkey than the Islamic State (IS).

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