Why Turkey is invading Syria

Why Turkey is invading Syria

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… and how it’s getting what it wanted.

On Oct. 9, 2019, Turkey launched an attack in northeastern Syria. Turkey made the move shortly after the US announced it would remove some of its troops from the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had his eyes on the region for years. Turkey, he argued, needed a “safe zone” to serve as a buffer against the Syrian War happening just across the border. Yet back home in Turkey, there were other factors at play that accelerated his calls for an invasion that involved Erdoğan’s own political survival.

The move has recalibrated alliances in the Syrian War and added new uncertainty on the future of the region.

To learn more, check out these additional resources:

Vox’s previous reporting on the conflict:
https://www.vox.com/world/2019/10/16/20908262/turkey-syria-kurds-trump-invasion-questions
https://www.vox.com/world/2019/10/23/20928769/trymp-syria-turkey-doctrine

The Institute for the Study of War’s reports on the US withdrawal from Syria:

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29 responses to “Why Turkey is invading Syria”

  1. Vox Avatar
    Vox

    Hi everyone! We wanted to share some of our sources for critical points in the video: For figures on Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, we used official numbers provided by the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees. You can find that information here: https://data2.unhcr.org/en/situations/syriaUNCHR has tracked this official count since the start of Syria’s civil war and there are indeed still many that are unaccounted for.For map data, you can go to: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/effects-us-withdrawal-syria

  2. Trevor Kruse Avatar
    Trevor Kruse

    What i see is a power move by Turkeys President because he was losing power.

  3. Kane Oconnor Avatar
    Kane Oconnor

    I don't blame Turkey for wanting a safe zone

    Trump has a very good point that it's not Americas job to protect the Kurds for the rest of their lives

  4. stone gaze Avatar
    stone gaze

    Long live turk and fsa fron malaysia

  5. SneakyFireGaming 900 Avatar
    SneakyFireGaming 900

    Why is this giving me a feeling that this is how world war 3 will start?

  6. darth geekboy Avatar
    darth geekboy

    dRUMPfballLickers don’t know that turks are hated by many in the region. not just the Kurds but Armenians especially.

  7. hklj ghnj Avatar
    hklj ghnj

    You are lines because this not kurdisch forses this is terorist

  8. Doc Canoro Avatar
    Doc Canoro

    the most appropriate to fix Syria is Russia, they are the most influential country over Syria and a member of the United Nation Security Council.

  9. Helping Shen Avatar
    Helping Shen

    why isn't the US supporting PKK they are liberty fighters lol

  10. bEkOTV1 Avatar
    bEkOTV1

    FREE ROJAVA

  11. Oğuz Kağan AKIN Avatar
    Oğuz Kağan AKIN

    Terrorists burning tires to serve international media. They trying to effect public opinion. They want you to think Turkey burning cities. But there is no such a thing. We are living with kurds in Turkey. We are living in peace with kurds. I have a lot of kurdish friends personally. We are not enemies with kurds. We are enemies with just terrorists which bombing cities and killing our citizens. And we are not invading syria. Its just temporary operation to serve national security and securing syrian people for live in peace without fear of pkk-ypg. And we will never harm local people. Terrorists burning hospitals, releases isis terrorists. Turkey sends doctors, medical helps to compansate that. World misunderstood us.

  12. Alexander Erastes Avatar
    Alexander Erastes

    Why ALL WORLD is invading Syria?

  13. Sradhanjali Bal Avatar
    Sradhanjali Bal

    Every muslim country suffering same problem.hadd karte hen ye log…

  14. Gunay Vatansever Avatar
    Gunay Vatansever

    STOP SAYING KURDS! SHAME ON YOU !!!1 THEY ARE PKK FORCES YPG= SRYIAN BRACH OF THE PKK !!! AND PKK IS AN TERRORIST GROUP BY UE USA AND TURKEY. KILLED MORE THAN 40 000 CIVILLIAN PEOPLE BABIES AND WOMAN AND CHILDRENS !!! MORE THAN 20 000 000 KURDS LIVES IN TURKEY IN PEACE AND THEY WILL NOT BE YOUR PROXY ARMY!! AND YES USA SUPPORTING TERRORISM VERY CLEARLY THIS TIME I HOPE YOU WILL PAY FOR IT ONE DAY IF THERE IS A JUSTICE

  15. G3RMAIN H3RNAND3Z Avatar
    G3RMAIN H3RNAND3Z

    About time vox…

  16. Abdullah Eroglu Avatar
    Abdullah Eroglu

    How funny Vox you couldn't even call YPG, obiscly you support terrorists. Be fair news

  17. Hristo Ivanov Avatar
    Hristo Ivanov

    Cave age xenophobes.

  18. Azimuth Coordinator Avatar
    Azimuth Coordinator

    but…. israel

  19. asdasdasd Avatar
    asdasdasd

    every year born in Turkey 400.000 syrian child. Think about it where they came the 3.6 million syrian refugees? Turkey just want to send refugees their home

  20. Mama juice Avatar
    Mama juice

    World war 3: My time has come

  21. sishaq12 Avatar
    sishaq12

    How is it that SDF leaving let 100s of ISIS followers easily escape jails? You're telling me SDF has no idea what a pad lock is? Did they leave the keys lying around? The "narrative" has more holes than swiss cheese.

  22. Stryklius Avatar
    Stryklius

    Turkey: "We want to turn this into a safe zone"

    Also Turkey
    *airstrikes it*

  23. Oğuzhan Orhan Avatar
    Oğuzhan Orhan

    You have forgotten to tell the numbers of Turkish babies, teachers and all civilians that PKK killed. You are making a huge mistake by considering PKK as heroes or innocents.

  24. Turker Aydiner Avatar
    Turker Aydiner

    Last part is fully wrong , I’m Turkish and you guys are not showing the right things . You have to make an update video for that by using Turkish news not the English new . As everyone know English news are completely different than the truths .

  25. That One Guy Avatar
    That One Guy

    PKK is a terrorist group. Nothing special

  26. FARHAD SADDAM Avatar
    FARHAD SADDAM

    You should make videos " why American invade all Muslim country? "
    "why Israel invade syria yeamen and iraq ".
    It's not so called SAVE ZONE . It's save zone for syrian refugees that make mossad and world biggest terrorist America.

  27. Ferdi Taylan Avatar
    Ferdi Taylan

    Is Turkey's march causes chaos and migration in Syria or it is already in chaos? Why SDF's suppression among the Arabs and Turkmens and force to change demographic structure of Northern Syria not mentioned? This video can be more analytical and OBJECTİVE.

  28. DANISH 90210 Avatar
    DANISH 90210

    I support turkey, they are protecting their country and maintaining peace in both countries.

  29. deepak nag Avatar
    deepak nag

    soon america will try to invade turkey or saudi or nearby oil producing country may be its iran.

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