The Syrian government and Kurds have cautioned Turkey against launching an attack in the north, as locals have expressed dread of escalating bloodshed.
The Syrian government and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed militia operating in portions of northern and eastern Syria, have cautioned Turkey against conducting a military intervention in the north. Turkey regards both organizations as branches of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which Turkey, the United States, and the European Union have blacklisted as a terrorist organization. There have been several battles between Syrian government forces and Turkish soldiers in the area over the last few years. With US air assistance, the SDF has played a significant role in destroying ISIS, but it has failed to stabilize the regions it holds.