Syria Podcast: How Turkey’s Intervention Changed the Conflict

A Turkish soldier in northern Syria in Operation Euphrates Shield, September 2016

PHOTO: A Turkish soldier operates a tank alongside rebels in northern Syria in late August

Soon after Turkey’s intervention alongside rebels in northern Syria, pushing back both the Islamic State and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, I spoke with Malaysia’s BFM Radio.

The podcast was only released on Thursday; however, the discussion still offers essential background and context for the change in the Syrian conflict because of Turkey’s move, along with the US-Russia attempt for a ceasefire.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


  1. A senior Pentagon official told CNN: “The Turks never cared about Jarablus until the Kurds wanted to get there.” 8/29/2016

    Rojname News English @ROJNAME_english 8/24/2016
    SDF: ISIS handed Jarabulus over to Turkey without any resistance (Aranews)…

    Gissur Simonarson @GissiSim 9/10/2016
    IS fighter who spoke to the @independent says they never left Jarabulus, Turkey aided them during Tal Abyad battle

  2. Turkey intervention changed positively the Northern Syria landscape;till mow only regarding ISIS and YPG.About Turkey complicity?Taking Jarablus because ISIS gave them as present?After ISIS attempts in Turkey,after attacks with Grads against Turkish towns?Only extremely “complicate” minds can see it
    But yes, it is a Turkey complicity with FSA inside Syria and with the Kurds in Iraq. A good one.

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