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.

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Hi everyone! We wanted to share some of our sources for critical points in the video:

UNCHR has tracked this official count since the start of Syria’s civil war and there are indeed still many that are unaccounted for.

Author — Vox


You know the old saying: "Foreign wars are how Americans learn geography."

Author — Jean Louw


If you ever feel useless, just remember that UN still exists

Author — Suvarnim Jain


Everyone is talking about the future of Syria, only Syrians don't.

Author — Abdullah Zedan


Vox: Why Turkey is invading Syria

USA: I guess he wrote wrong.

Author — N1ghtBeatz


When Turkey do it’s invasion, When USA, and UK do it’s operation...

Author — Got it


I came to read comments of people who don't even know where Turkey is, acting expert on middle east problems

Author — Washinout


*American : We are here for peacemaking.*
*Also American plane bombed every cities in syria and iraq*

Author — John wick's father


Title: Turkey and Syria
Video: Kurds
Comments: US hypocrisy

Author — kingcamcam


Moral of the story: If you have oil you're gonna have democracy

Author — Zeun Woo


Why are the Turks called 'invasions' when they operate? Why are countries like USA UK only referred to as 'operations'?

Author — 1a2b3c4d


My family lives on the bordertowns of Turkey and Syria- we havent been able to return. God willing one day soon 🙏🏼

Author — Corrin Stines


usa - we have stolen as much as we can, time to bring the soldiers home

Author — Yasin Hasan


When Russians do it: operation
When Turks do it: invasion

Author — Tuna Özgür


1:06 He said; "Hedef burada terrorden arindirilmis bir guvenli bolge olusturabilmektir" that means "The purpose here is to establish a safe zone that is purified from the terror". Yet you still translate it wrong?

Author — MaMi


Next video: why US invading every country

Author — Michael McNamara


I wish they would make a follow up video on this, the topic is so interesting.

Author — seidenstickerj


The only thing that I would like to learn from Vox, is video editing

Author — Chitra Gurumoorthy


There are a lot of things on this video that are incredibly problematic but I can't possibly cover them. I tried for just a point but it felt like it is a lost case. It is a very sad situation. Post-truth era I guess

Author — Ayşe Betül


So Interesting. Thank you so much! You guys are my favourite YouTube Channel.

Author — Ferdi Eichhorn