Following the independence referendum held in the KRG last September, with Nechirvan Barzani’s attendance to Erdogan’s inauguration, Turkish government and KRG administration have began to re-build relations.
“The African proverb goes to say that when two elephants wrestle, it is only the grass on which the wrestle taking place will be harmed. Iraq looks like it has become the grass affected by the two fighting elephants: Iran and the U.S.”
This is the first comprehensive counter-terror operation against the PKK. This time, the military strategy is not only targeting to eliminate PKK terrorists but also aiming to clean and hold the territory where the PKK has any presence.
“Only after such a tri-partite cooperation of Turkey, Iran, and Iraq, can the PKK finally be cleaned off from Qandil.”
The ongoing U.S.-Iran rivalry is an issue that will have a major affect on the formation of a government in Iraq following the Iraq War in 2003 and the attempt to put aside sectarian politics.
In Iraq’s first parliamentary elections since the defeat of Daesh, which resulted in nationalist victory, Iran and the United States were the biggest losers.
Following the success of Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, a complicated future waits for the PKK terrorist organization.
The visiting Iraqi Parliament Speaker, Salim al-Jabouri, has backed Turkey’s fight against the PKK terror group and said: “We are definitely against the existence of terror organizations, especially the PKK there [in northern Iraq], which can harm Turkey and the region.”
The trauma of the Iraq War prevented the American public and lawmakers in Congress from preventing one of the most significant humanitarian disasters in history.
As a result of its alliance with the US, the PKK expanded territories it captured and began to consolidate its territorial control in the Middle East.