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Turkey: Ankara’s Wider Kurdish Agenda

The 15 July failed coup attempt has been a watershed in Ankara’s policy over transnational Kurdish politics in Syria, Iraq and Turkey itself. Although the coup was expected to cripple the Turkish military by creating a significant institutional trust problem and disrupting the chain of command after more than 160 generals were detained, it appears to have had the opposite effect, as evidenced the army’s cross-border incursion into Syria last month and its simultaneous counterinsurgency operations within Turkey.

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