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Turkey: Could US bombing of Syria Sidetrack Kurdish Peace Process?

Could the conflict in Syria break Turkey’s peace with the Kurds? (Photo: Jonathan Lewis)

Turkish government officials and Kurdish militants are divided when it comes to Syria, with Ankara strongly supporting the prospect of American military strikes, and most Kurds opposing them. This difference could place great strain on the Kurdish peace process in Turkey, in the event the United States takes action in Syria.

Following this summer's Gezi Park protests,  little has gone well for Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its combative Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to Ilhan Tanir, a regional analyst and Washington correspondent for the Turkish daily Vatan, the AKP has lost the support of "most, if not all of Turkey's liberals" and many European and Arab allies. There is also now a "visible rift" between the government and the Gulen Movement, an influential network led by Turkish theologian Fethullah Gulen that supported the AKP in the last elections, Tanir said.

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Justin Vela is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul.

Turkey: Could US bombing of Syria Sidetrack Kurdish Peace Process?

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