Turkey made serious mistakes in its intervention in the Syrian city of Afrin. Ankara sought to divide the international community, telling countries "you're either with us, or against us". The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu compared the opposition of any major power to the Turkish army’s intervention in north Syria to "supporting terrorists against an allied State."

In case France or any other country goes to the United Nations, Turkey will consider it siding with a terrorist organization, he added, "we" want nothing from France but support and "we" do not want it to support a terrorist organization. The Turkish president was angered by France calling on a UNSC meeting on Afrin.

The Turkish invasion of Afrin is a blatant military assault on Syria. It is a violation of international law, conventions and norms.

Iranian militants and foreign powers have presence in Syria but it does not mean that Turkey can do too.

Syria is being divided into spheres of influence between regional and international powers. Iran and Turkey aligned since the beginning in Syria. The Iranians, who gave the green light to Ankara to carry out its military operation in Afrin are now calling on to end it.

It is both ironic and funny that the Iranian Foreign Ministry said the Afrin operation was necessary to "preserve the territorial integrity of Syria, respect the national sovereignty of the country, abstain from escalating the humanitarian crisis and preserve the lives of the Syrian innocents." With its Revolutionary Guards spread across Syrian cities and territories, Iran also spoke of "respect for Syria's national sovereignty" and the constructive role of the parties involved in the Syrian crisis.

Erdogan is risking a military confrontation between Turkish troops and US troops based in the Syrian city of Manbij, another city the Turkish military operation will cover. A US military source said that the US forces patrolling the city may be at risk should Turkish troops enter Manbij. I do not think President Erdogan would want to risk a direct confrontation with US forces, however. He is well aware that President Trump's reaction, should that happen, is unpredictable.

The US—and reportedly foreign fighters’—support to the Kurdish People's Protection Units present in the mountainous border region will make things hard for the Turkish forces.

Russia and the Syrian regime want to see a confrontation between Turkish and US forces and lure Erdogan into a conflict with the NATO. The Turkish president said the operation will continue even if a clash with US forces is the case.

The unprecedented military reinforcements of the Turkish army in Afrin may indicate that the operation might take time. The matter is not only about Afrin or the Kurdish forces, but mainly about Turkey's interest and its desire for hegemony in post-Sochi Syria. Turkey's intentions are viewed with doubt amid the concern of Daesh resurging in northern Syria should Turkey control it.

Turkey has another desire: to drive the US away from northern Syria and block the creation of a military base to substitute the NATO base in Incirlik. This objective is welcomed by Russia out of concern over a permanent US military base in Kurdish Northern Syria.

Things might change as Turkey is leaning more towards Russia and Iran. The Turkish regime said it is finally answering to a "threat to Turkey's security and territorial integrity", but the operation could also be mean a strategic quagmire, depending on the evolution of the US position on the Syrian crisis.

The Erdogan team hyped the operation through fearmongering the people, yet that would not change the risks this operation involves.