Turkey says it is determined to secure its southern border.
Tensions have risen along Turkey’s border with northern Syria.
Turkey’s defense ministry says its forces have hit nearly 500 targets in Kurdish-held areas since Sunday.
Turkey also reports casualties among fighters of the SDF – the Syrian Democratic Forces.
Turkey’s attacks follow a bomb attack in Istanbul on November 13, for which the government blames the outlawed Kurdish group, the PKK.
Ankara says it is targeting bases in Syria belonging to the YPG, a Kurdish group linked to the PKK.
Since 2016, Turkish forces have conducted three ground operations to drive YPG fighters out of northern Syria.
Now President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promises to launch a new military operation.
Who are the key players in this offensive?
Presenter: Adrian Finighan
Galip Dalay – Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs
Mahjoob Zweiri – Director of the Gulf Studies Center at the University of Qatar
Lawrence Korb – Former United States Deputy Secretary of Defense and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress