Turkish tanks and helicopters advance toward the village of Maabatli in the Afrin region of northwestern Syria as part of the ongoing offensive on March 2, 2018.
More than 50 days on, NATO's second largest army is finally bringing its superior weight to bear in its attack on Afrin. Despite a slow start to Operation Olive Branch, Turkey has shown that its military remains an effective and powerful force, despite recent domestic turmoil, as it fights to remove the People's Protection Units (YPG) and its local allies from the mountainous area on Turkey's border. Any success in the operations against Afrin will likely embolden Ankara to undertake further military action to consolidate its position in the region and prevent the YPG from expanding its influence and territory -- even if that puts Turkey on a collision course with other countries with interests in the region....
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