Extremely tight security, spates of civil unrest, localized supply chain disruptions, and retaliatory attacks are likely in Turkey's southeastern provinces over the coming weeks after the nation's military launched its new offensive in northeastern Syria, Oct. 9. The action began at about with air and artillery strikes targeting areas held by Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters, including Tel Abyad, Hasakah, and Ras al-Ayn. The operation's immediate objective is to clear Kurdish fighters from the Turkish-Syrian border area east of the Euphrates River and establish a security zone along the length of the frontier between the two countries. Officials in Ankara have described the military action as the largest such operation in the history of the Turkish Republic.

Turkish military operations could also motivate Kurdish militant groups within Turkey - mainly the PKK and its offshoot, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) - to conduct bombings and other terror attacks in retaliation. If operating in southeastern Turkey, exercise extreme caution until any potential backlash from the start of Operation Fountain of Peace becomes clear. Strictly keep away from areas near the Turkish-Syrian border. Avoid all military installations, troop convoys, and concentrations of security forces, as these may be targeted for attack by PKK militants. Heed the instructions of local authorities, especially with regard to any special security zones or military closure areas that may be declared during the operations. Plan accordingly for potential transportation delays and supply chain disruptions in southeastern Turkey. 

Learn more by watching as Jim Duck, Watch Operations Manager and Europe Analyst, provides an overview of the Turkish military offensive against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria and the likely impact to security within Turkey. In addition, Tony Roccaforte, Senior Security Advisor, discusses precautions for organizations and their employees operating in the region.

 

 

 

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