Turkey Declares End to Syrian Military Campaign
It’s a delicate time. Turkey’s concluded its seven-month military campaign in Syria, declaring Operation Euphrates Shield a success. In backing the rebel Free Syrian Army, Turkey has actively opposed Bashar Assad’s forces, ISIS and U.S.-backed Kurdish groups. The announcement came as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepared to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today. With the U.S. choosing to partner with a Kurdish militia instead of Turkey in the upcoming coalition assault on Raqqa, it may be tough for Tillerson to avoid alienating the volatile strongman.