Turkish M48 Patton Tank in front of Mount Ararat in Turkey (Photo: Hervé Platteaux/Flickr, January 2015)
YEREVAN—The Armenian government is working to assist ethnic Armenians in danger of being caught in the wake of the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria, which is now entering its first week. Authorities in Yerevan were quick to formally condemn the Turkish assault, which has been dubbed “Operation Peace Spring” by the Turkish military.
During a special emergency session of Parliament, Armenian Security Council Secretary Armen Grigorian briefed the government on the rapidly evolving tactical situation on the ground in the region and assessed the status of the small local Armenian community.
Turkey has long considered the Kurdish-dominated Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, or Rojava, which controls parts of Syria between the Turkish border and the Euphrates River, a major threat to its national security. Ankara accuses the YPG, the Kurdish militia operating in the region, of being an arm of the Turkish-based Marxist guerrilla group—the PKK—which they, along with several other nations, have designated a terrorist group.