5 December 2015   Leave a comment

Iraq has protested the presence of Turkish troops on Iraqi territory near the city of Mosul.  Turkish troops have frequently entered Iraqi territory in the past in pursuit of Kurdish forces, but this time the intent seems to be different even though Turkish forces have in fact been bombing Kurdish positions in northern Iraq.  According to the Turkish newspaper,  Hürriyet:

“The deal regarding the base was signed between Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani and Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioğlu, during the latter’s visit to northern Iraq on Nov. 4.”

The idea that Turkey is training Kurdish forces in Iraq is difficult to understand:  Turkey has made it very clear that it fears Kurdish demands for an independent state.  Why would it train Kurdish fighters?

Russia believes that the Turkish base is being used to transport Iraqi oil to Turkey as a money making scheme, and is, in the process, enriching Daesh (the Islamic State).  Russia has accused Turkey, and, more specifically, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of profiting from the smuggled oil.

Russian map of alleged oil smuggling routes

The routes of alleged oil smuggling from Syria and Iraq to Turkey © syria.mil.ru

Not surprisingly, Turkey has firmly denied the charges, and the US has indicated its full faith in its NATO partner, Turkey.  But the charge is a mind-boggling case of realpolitik:  Turkey bombs some Kurds, but works with other Kurds, and gives money to Daesh while at the same time bombing them.  Unfortunately, since the charges come from Russia few in the Western press are taking the accusations seriously.  They deserve to be investigated fully.

Advertisements

Posted December 5, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: