Domestic politics, Idlib sway timing of Turkey’s Syrian operation

Al-Monitor | Oct 12, 2019 at 12:15 PM
  • Urgent necessities of a domestic nature have determined the timing of Operation Peace Spring that Turkey launched Oct. 9 along the Syrian border east of the Euphrates against the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).
  • The economic crisis bruising Turkey proved a major factor in the party’s debacles in big cities in the March 31 polls and the June 23 rerun of the mayoral vote in Istanbul, giving impetus to rupture trends within the AKP.
  • For Erdogan, Operation Peace Spring offers also an opportunity to stop or contain the unraveling within his party.