Rojava: Millions of civilians in northern Syria threatened as US green-lights Turkey’s invasion

Hamourtziadou, Lily and Gokay, Bulent (2019) Rojava: Millions of civilians in northern Syria threatened as US green-lights Turkey’s invasion. Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal.

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Abstract

On October 6, the White House declared US troops would be withdrawn from northern Syria and no longer be in the immediate area ahead of a Turkish military operation. Erdogan claims to want to establish a peace corridor and safe zone. Peace and safety are not what the Middle East is known for. Peace and safety were sadly not features of the region, even before the War on Terror began. The Middle East is probably the most penetrated, invaded, exploited and destabilised region in modern history. Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring supposedly has the following objectives: ensure border security; prevent a terror corridor and fight terror attacks; end drug trafficking; protect the territorial integrity of Syria; resettle Syrian refugees in terror-free areas, and prevent terror organisations from using children as fighters. All of these are similar to the declared objectives of Western interventions in the Middle East, all of which have only brought instability, insecurity and death — and all of which have failed.

Item Type: Article
Date: 11 October 2019
Subjects: L200 Politics
T600 Modern Middle Eastern studies
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Depositing User: Lily Hamourtziadou
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 10:19
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2020 15:49
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8689

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