While clashes continue rapidly between the Turkmens and the terrorist organization PKK/YPG in Kirkuk, the tension in the region is escalating significantly. The fact that both parties have special significance for Iran and Turkey, who are the essential elements of the region, forces them to closely monitor the conflicts. Dr. Barış Adıbelli commented on the tension in the region.
Oğuzhan Osman BİLGİN – Everyone Should Know / BURSA (İGFA) – Clashes between Turkmens and the terrorist organization PKK/YPG are ongoing in Kirkuk. The rapidly escalating tension in recent days also draws the attention of the media, as it closely concerns Turkey.
So what is happening in Kirkuk, and why is it happening?
Dr. Barış Adıbelli evaluated the confusion in the region for Everyone Should Know, emphasizing that it would not be very accurate to consider these developments in Kirkuk in isolation. He highlighted that it would be more appropriate to interpret these developments in conjunction with the recent conflicts in Syria, stating, “The central administration in Iraq is making moves under the guise of building transfers to strengthen the Kurdish administration in the north. This has drawn a serious reaction from the Turkmens and Arabs, who are the essential elements of the region in Kirkuk. If this tension escalates and a solution is not reached, there is a looming threat that this issue in Iraq may turn into an ethnic and even sectarian conflict.”
“CONFLICTS ARE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PKK”
Dr. Adıbelli emphasized that the conflicts in the region are a golden opportunity for the PKK terrorist organization, stating, “If the tension escalates, it would not be surprising to see the PKK terrorist organization aligning with Barzani’s Peshmerga forces. There are strong indications that the conflicts between Arab tribes and Kurds in Syria, right next to the clashes, are steps aimed at laying the groundwork for a permanent division in Syria by creating an Arab-Kurdish divide in the region. It remains a mystery whether the Arab tribes fighting the terrorist organization have been pushed into the field by Assad or by a different power.”
“TURKEY HAS GIVEN THE NECESSARY RESPONSE TO THE CONFLICTS”
Adıbelli also highlighted the importance of Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan’s visits to Iraq and Iran, stating, “In the most critical place, Tehran, Fidan provided a clear response to the conflicts.”
In his statement, Adıbelli underlined that Kerkuk is a historic and ancient center for Turks, and the events are closely monitored, emphasizing that terrorist organizations and their extensions should not be given the opportunity by the Iraqi state.
“THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE EYEING ETHNIC AND SECTARIAN CONFLICT OPPORTUNITY”
Adıbelli stressed that the ongoing building transfer could be resolved through peaceful means, but these conflicts carry a different meaning. He emphasized that the comments made about the issue could be interpreted as the ignition of a sectarian conflict by one hand. He underlined the existence of an entity in the region advocating for moving the stones and transitioning to a different order.
“THE US AIMS TO ESTABLISH A STRONG KURDISH STATE IN THE REGION”
As another interpretation of these conflicts, Adıbelli pointed out that the conflicts serve to accelerate the process of the United States and the Syrian Democratic Forces in establishing an independent Kurdish state. He said, “America’s goal is to establish an independent Kurdish state starting from Iraq and extending to the coastal strip of Syria, and to transport oil from these coastal ports to the world market.”
Adıbelli also emphasized that the United States has left unstable and unmanageable structures in all the countries it has previously intervened in, similar to Iraq and Syria, and that a similar process is occurring in Afghanistan, and that the US plan for the Taliban government has not yet fully emerged.