What Happened: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has accused the United States of continuing to supply Kurdish troops in the Syrian Democratic Forces and warned of a renewed Turkish offensive within 35 hours, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Oct. 21.
Why It Matters: A U.S.-Turkish negotiated cease-fire has temporarily slowed down the violence in northeastern Syria, but the agreement remains fragile. A renewal of hostilities would increase pressure on Turkey after its offensive in Syria earlier this month prompted a backlash from countries around the world, including major NATO allies.
Background: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Russia on Oct. 22 to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the ongoing situation in Syria.
- Turkey Prepares to Hit Back at U.S. Sanctions (Oct. 21, 2019)
- In Syria, Turkey and the U.S. Reach a Fragile Cease-Fire (Oct. 18, 2019)
- Syria: As the U.S. Withdraws, a Dangerous Race Begins (Oct. 14, 2019)