Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that turkey will become more active in containing the conflict in Syria over the next 6 months. Yildirim Emphasised that turkey is adamant in its support for a unified Syria rather than one divided along ethnic or sectarian lines. As the situation in Syria appears increasingly fluid the Turkish government is concerned that the YPG may gain further territory, potentially threatening turkey’s security. The YPG has recently engaged in fighting with Syrian regime forces, which it had previously collaborated with, in the northern city of Hasaka. The group also forms a substantial part of the Syrian democratic forces the alliance of opposition factions which seized the city of Manbij from the Daesh terrorist organisation last week.