After Moscow’s anger at the incident of its plane being shot down in Syrian skies, the talk is now about Turkey and how it has now violated territorial sovereignty by deploying hundreds of soldiers equipped with tanks and artillery near a Kurdish Peshmerga camp on Thursday and without Baghdad’s approval.
Ankara’s goal is to train Iraqi Kurds (Peshmerga) to fight and regain Mosul which was taken by DAESH(IS) in June 2014.
This violation of the Iraqi sovereignty has angered Baghdad, including Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi who said that he would seize the United Nations Security Council if the Turkish troops do not opt out within 48 hours.
It is hard to explain the presence of a large number of Turkish troops with the sole purpose of providing support to the Kurdish fighters and the need to protect Turkish instructors to the Iraqi authorities.
Initially Iran’s reaction was calculated, the spokesman of the Ministry of Defense Nassir Nouri reported that “measures would be taken by Iraq, through diplomatic channels,” adding that his country “did not want the exacerbation of the situation”.
However, other reactions were more virulent, like that of the head of security and defense committee of the Iraqi parliament who said that
Iraq could seek military interference from Russia following the Turkish incursion and he threatened Ankara with a military launch operation against its soldiers if they did not immediately withdraw from Iraq.
Although Iranian officials have repeatedly said that they were ready to welcome any help from abroad to fight against DAESH, it is understood that this would be done in consultation, and with the approval of the government. And it seemed obvious that a direct invasion of a foreign country remained out of the question which Turkey does not seem to understand…
Following these reactions, Ankara decided to calm things down, ensuring that there would be no new deployment of Turkish military forces until the concerns of Iraq are taken into account. But the fate of the already deployed troops was not specified.
The Arab League has responded by verbally condemning the Turkish deployment and threatening to appeal to the UN while Iran considered this act as harmful behavior for the security of the region. The United States stated that this deployment was not part of the coalition activities led by Washington against the Islamic state in Syria and Iraq.
So while Turkish President Erdogan saw himself as a factor of stability in the region, he is now in a full diplomatic crisis with Russia, in an open war against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, and not on good terms with Iran who is accusing him of taking advantage of DAESH’s oil. And on some days, he is in an open crisis situation with Iraq.
Being a member of NATO and enjoying the protection of its American-Zionist masters, Turkey feels entitled to do what it pleases in the region, behaving with arrogance and provocation.
Thus, Ankara has succeeded in alienating the whole region following its poor choice in foreign policy and its determination to stir and enjoy the regional chaos by trying to abuse the weak position of some of its neighbors in order to promote its interests.
The Anti-Zionist Party condemns this dangerous and irresponsible attitude and warns Turkey that it would be better if it returned to reason by stopping its dangerous acts which continue to inflame tensions, before incurring a backlash which will make it regret its current behavior.
It would be more honorable for Turkey to leave the imperial fold and join the Axis of Resistance in order to become a proud and independent power which it deserves to be.
President of Anti-Zionist Party