- Drive Toward World War Fires Up New Mideast Kurdish Conflicts!
Turkey’s endemic war with the Kurdish PKK has been further inflamed by Turkey’s undeclared war against Syria (ordered by London and the Saudis). As we have reported previously, the level of Turkish fighting and casualties has risen to its highest in several years, to the point that public outcry at deaths among Turkish troops, forced the Erdogan government last week to promise not to use draftees, but only “professional soldiers” in its Kurdish war.
Related developments may presage bigger Kurdish battles in northern Syria and northern Iraq, both on Turkey’s borders. Naharnet (Beirut) reported Nov. 23 that “the two Kurdish national councils in western Kurdistan [i.e. Syria] have agreed in Iraq to create a united military force, bringing together PYD [Kurdish Democratic Union Party] forces and other Kurdish dissidents in Syria,” to battle anti-Assad Salafists around Ras al-Ain, near the Turkish border. The fighting there had already caused about 34 casualties. A day earlier, the Syrian Aleppo-based Salafist fighting force, Ghuraba al-Sham, had called in a video posted on the Internet for Salafist volunteers to flock to Ral al-Ain for a drive on the provincial capital of Hasakeh, whose population is majority Kurdish.
Meanwhile, in northern Iraq, forces of the Kurdish Peshmerga army and the Iraqi National Army are continually moving troops toward each other’s positions, as Reuters and others report. U.S. Army officers are attempting to mediate to avoid confrontation, but so far without success. And nutty Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan launched a bitter war of words against the Iraqi government Wednesday, which has escalated since on both sides.