Originally Posted by My2Cents
Turkey has threatened to invade Syria if the Kurds establish an autonomous region there. The same threat to the Iraqi Kurds is likely one of the main reasons the Kurds have not broken with the Iraqi central government.
Officially the Kurdish region in Iraq is still part of Iraq, but only officially. Among other things, they are negotiating their own oil development contracts outside of any Iraqi government control or influence.
No doubt Turkey sees an autonomous Kurdish region in Syria as a threat but I also think this is a goal of the Kurds. An autonomous region is Syria would put two of the 4 pieces of a greater Kurdistan in place. I doubt that Turkey would launch a full scale invasion so much as they would raid into Syria and send in airstrikes. The whole Syrian mess is going to cause Turkey headaches for years. They may very well not get the outcome they are hoping for.