Analyst: Turkey must remain outside The Iraqi province of Sinjar

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“Nusseibeh Youni”, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said a possible Turkish military invasion in Sinjar, the disputed area of the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq, against the PKK, would fail and harm regional stability.

Such an incursion would not succeed in ousting the PKK from Sinjar, Yunus said in an article for the European Union Foundation.

The PKK has reinforced its presence in Sinjar, about 80 kilometers southeast of the Turkish border, after it intervened as part of a broader Kurdish armed force to protect the local Yazidi religious minority from ISIS attacks in 2014, and maintains influence in the region through Sinjar resistance units.

In 2018, Turkish President “Recep Tayyip Erdogan” blamed the PKK for trying to establish what he called a second jellyfish in Sinjar, a reference to the Mountains of Qandil base in the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq, where the PKK is based.

“European countries should clearly raise their opposition to any Turkish invasion and warn of its potentially dangerous consequences.”

According to Younis, it Wont to be easy for Turkey to make lasting gains against the PKK, and its military will face significant resistance from Iranian-backed armed groups operating in the region.

“The Turkish incursion could weaken the government in Baghdad, delegate the political and military status of other armed groups and contaminate bilateral relations between Turkey and Iraq,” Yunus said.
Turkey presented the Iraqi government with an action plan in January to deal with the PKK in Sinjar, according to Turkish Media reports.
The Turkish daily” torkeh” reported at the end of last month that the proposals included options for a joint Turkish-Iraqi operation, an Iraqi operation with Turkish air support, and a joint operation between Iraq and the Kurdish regional government in Erbil, or Turkey alone.

The PKK is an armed party fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for nearly four decades.

The Source: Ahwal Turkia.

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