Could Turkey's offensive in Syria lead to a quagmire?

The war in Syria has lasted for nearly seven years. And in that time, many regional and international players have had a direct impact on what's going on the ground. The United States, Russia, and Iran have all been involved in some way or another.

Turkey is in the middle of a military operation in northern Syria. It wants to push out Kurdish fighters from the area closest to its southern border.

But it hasn't been an easy fight. On Saturday, 7 of its soldiers were killed in an operation near the town of Afrin. That's a Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwestern Syria.

Turkey considers the Kurdish YPG a terrorist organisation and an extension of its outlawed PKK or Kurdistan Workers' Party - which it's been fighting for decades.

The Turkish military plans to create a 30-kilometer buffer zone near its southern border.

But how much of a challenge will that be?

Presenter: Jane Dutton


Bilal Smabur - Professor of Social Sciences at Yildirim Beyazit University.

Vladimir Sotnikov, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Ahmed Al-Burai - Lecturer at Istanbul Aydin University.

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Source: Al Jazeera English,
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