Turkish occupation of southern Kurdistan… Large number of soldiers; unknown future! – ANHA | HAWARNEWS

Meanwhile, Kurdistan Workers’ Party leadership committee member Murad Karayilan revealed in an interview with Furat news agency published on September 22n/a finally, the deployment of more than 30,000 Turkish soldiers in Başûr (Southern Kurdistan).

Talking about this large number of troops opens the door to many questions about real and declared Turkish intentions, as the data on the ground indicates that Turkey is working for long-term – and perhaps permanent – survival in the areas that occupied since Başûr.

Years of continuous war

Since April 24, 2021, the areas of Zap, Avaşîn, Metinawhich are border areas located in the geography of Başûr (South Kurdistan), have witnessed heavy fighting by guerrilla forces in the face of attacks by the Turkish occupation state, which aims to expand the areas that he occupies there.

These attacks are not new. Since 2018, the Turkish occupation state has intensified its military attacks in the region, receiving no response or confrontation except from guerrilla fighters.

Turkey has promoted a number of pretexts, hidden behind the real motives of its military attacks, as demonstrated by the new Turkish approach, which is fully in line with Erdogan’s hidden intentions, which is to expand beyond borders. present in Turkey.

In Syria, after the failure of the Turkish proxy war, the occupying state intervened directly in August 2016 and occupied parts of Syrian territory, then proceeded to occupy other parts in the following years, and established dozens of military bases inside Syrian territory and deployed thousands of troops and the Turkish language and currency and worked on demographic change, and many other practices that clearly indicated its strategic intentions to expand its borders current.

This was taking place alongside the Turkish political and military intervention in Libya and the Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict over the Karabakh region. It was clear that Turkey intended to dominate the region and occupy parts of it.

While Turkish expansion in other places has been the subject of media and diplomatic discussions, successive Turkish attacks on Başûr have remained out of the spotlight, allowing him to work towards the implementation of its objectives and plans, except that the guerrilla forces had violated Turkish expectations and obstructed their strategic plans.

Murat Karayilan declared: “It is the first time in the history of Kurdistan and in the history of their struggle, that the resistance has intensified for more than five consecutive months without stopping and on one front, and that Turkey is arrested,” considering this an “unusual” affair.

This shows the extent of Turkish insistence on achieving the objectives for which the military attacks were launched. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is hindering the achievement of these goals. Therefore, the Turkish occupation state is eager to eliminate it and uses chemical weapons and other advanced objects in its warfare.

large military presence

Far from the spotlight and with the continued complicity of the Iraqi central government in Baghdad and the dominant Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) operatives in Başûr, Turkey has reinforced its occupation of large areas of Başûr.

Besides the fact that Turkey has deployed more than 30,000 troops in the region, according to Murat Karayilan, dozens of Turkish military bases are deployed in separate areas of Başûr, which today, more than ever, faces a threat for its existence.

The large number of soldiers that Turkey has deployed raises the question of the nature of Turkish intentions and objectives, as it seems that it is preparing to stay for a long time, if not forever, in the area where it has established the military bases, and is still working to build more in cooperation with the Kurdistan Democratic Party.

According to military strategies, and according to many military experts, the mobilization of a large number of forces means that there are plans to tighten control over the region, ensure a long stay there and face all challenges. that could threaten these plans.

Moreover, this massive mobilization and the construction of dozens of large bases put an end to the hypothesis that Turkey will soon withdraw from the areas it occupied in Başûr.

As the attacks continue, it appears that Turkey is seeking to occupy more, which today poses an existential threat to southern Kurdistan and Iraq.

A repeat of the Cypriot scenario

On July 20, 1974, Turkey sent 40,000 troops to occupy a large part of the state of Cyprus, under the pretext of protecting Turkish Cypriots; In response to a Greek military coup that took place on the island days before the Turkish invasion.

Turkey occupied up to 35% of Cypriot territory and built there what it called the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”, a republic recognized only by Turkey, and although 80% of the population are Greek Cypriots, the vast majority of whom were expelled by the occupied lands.

Turkey divided the Republic of Cyprus into two parts using military force which enabled it to impose a fait accompli on the population and the international community.

And on Thursday, September 29, the Turkish president announced that his country’s forces will be reinforced in northern Cyprus in response to the US lifting of the arms embargo imposed on Cyprus, ostensibly to protect what was imposed militarily on the island, which is a member of the European Union.

In view of the measures taken in Başûr, the situation does not seem very different, as Turkey seeks to impose its occupation and its permanent presence in the region by mobilizing thousands of soldiers and building dozens of bases.

This is done in conjunction with the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which shares intelligence information from Turkey and besieges guerrilla forces in their areas of deployment and seeks to provoke a war between the Kurds; Seeking to open another front against the PKK with the aim of weakening and ending it, which would mean an end to the obstacles facing Turkey, which seeks to occupy large parts of Başûr.

Murat Karayilan said in his speech that Turkey eliminates those who cooperate with it at the end and after the need for it has ceased, and adds: “If Turkey had not been stopped in Zap, Avaşîn, Metinanobody would have known where it would go”, in reference to this one, underlined that the Democratic Party of Kurdistan and the achievements of the Kurdish people in Başûr are threatened, if Turkey crosses the defensive line formed by the Workers’ Party of Kurdistan between Başûr and the Turkish border.

Karayilan notes that the Turks publicly reveal their intentions to expand 30 kilometers along the border from Afrin to Khakorki, but in their internal discussions and plans they seek to implement the Misak-ı Millî.

T/ Sat.


Michael A. Bynum