Kurds at center of new Iran, Turkey power grabs in Iraq - analysis

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Kurds at center of new Iran, Turkey power grabs in Iraq - analysis
Turkey is making another power play in northern Iraq. It claims to be fighting the PKK, but it is setting up bases and using Iraqi airspace.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: APRIL 19, 2022

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Masrour Barzani, the prime minister of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), on Friday. Barzani then headed to London on Monday for a meeting with the UK’s prime minister. Meanwhile, back in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Turkish warplanes have launched a new offensive against what Ankara says are “terrorists.”

Turkey’s attacks on the PKK in northern Iraq came after the meetings with the KRG official. Turkey is making another power play in northern Iraq. It claims to be fighting the PKK, which it calls terrorists, but it is setting up bases and using Iraqi airspace. Turkey has close ties to the KRG, the autonomous Kurdish region. Its interests there include energy trade and investment, and it wants to keep a close eye on the far-left PKK, which Turkey has been fighting for years.

“One of the areas Turkey and the KRG cooperate is the fight against terror, especially considering that the PKK terrorist group has strongholds in parts of northern Iraq under KRG control,” Turkey’s Daily Sabah noted.

According to Rudaw media, “fresh clashes erupted between the Iraqi army and an armed group affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Shingal over control of the area, reported PKK media, which linked the incident to Turkey’s new military operation against the PKK in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.” This means that there is now an unfolding operation across northern Iraq and new clashes and instability.

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