Turkish intervention in Iraq and Syria was never to fight the PKK and to hit terrorism, which in fact Turkey is one of its supporters, as Erdogan claims, however, the reality lies with Turkey’s aim to invade and occupy some territories of Iraq and Syria. This is an old Ottoman scheme that has been renewed due to the silence of the international community towards the Turkish activities during the administration of the former US President Barack Obama. With the expansion of its relations with both Russia and Iran, Turkey’s activities aimed at occupying some Iraqi and Syrian territory have increased, which is the only explanation for Turkey’s recent openness to these two countries and the spread of terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

The Turkish president seeks to implement a dangerous scheme for the Arab national security in general, namely the expansion of Turkish influence from the north-west and north-east of Syria to the north-west of Iraq by deploying Turkish military bases and troops there in preparation for occupying it and placing it under the service of the Ottoman Empire. This plan began with the outbreak of the Syrian revolution in 2011, where Erdogan worked to infiltrate Syrian territory and support terrorist groups, as well as the Syrian opposition, not with the aim of overthrowing the Assad regime, but to weaken Syria and spread strife, fighting and chaos to the extent that Turkey can extend its military presence in Syria with the lowest cost.

The Turkish military operation announced by Erdogan against the bases of the Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, which includes ground operations and intensive air raids, aims in fact to achieve Turkish ambitions in the northern Iraqi. These ambitions have been agreed upon with Iran and with the blessing of Moscow, which sees that such expansions are in its interest, for what they pose of confusion for the American and Western presence in the region.

Turkey’s military operations, ground and air violations of Iraqi and Syrian territories, the water war and the threat to cut water flows to the peoples of the two countries is an occupation and blatant blackmail that reveals the reality of the Turkish ambitions and Erdogan’s expansionist project in the region. This also proves that there is an international negligence with an Iranian-Qatari support for this occupation, which has become one of the most dangerous threats to the Arab national security, which dragged Ankara to stormy internal and external crises that increased its isolation and animosity at the international level.

Erdogan is currently seeking to retain a new area of influence in northern Iraq, especially around the city of Mosul, to ensure a new Turkish influence and dominance in the region. This move will have disastrous implications for the security of the region., however, it is worth mentioning that the international community, especially the Arab countries, have begun to realize these dangerous Turkish activities and they become certain for the need to reduce the Turkish threat by adopting decisive policies and strategies that prevent this danger and stop Erdogan’s arrogance and madness and prevent him from achieving his expansionist project at the expense of the peoples and the Arab countries.

What Turkey is doing under the pretext of chasing the PKK fighters is an international crime committed every day on the Iraqi and Syrian territories, without any condemnation or rejection by the United Nations, the UN Security Council, international public opinion and other international human rights organizations. What Erdogan is doing today in Iraq is completely exposed, and chasing the PKK fighters is only a pretext he has always used whenever there is an opportunity to infiltrate the Iraqi and Syrian territories. Erdogan is currently exploiting the state of conflict and political chaos in Iraq to achieve two main goals: the first is to control the Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq and to establish military bases there, and the second to promote his next election campaign by claiming to achieve “fake” victories in his quest to protect the Turkish national security and combating terrorism.

Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre

14 June  2018