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AKP-PKK Cooperation in Iraq and Syria

Öcalan's 10 point plan which was announced by the AKP government and pro-Kurdish HDP in İstanbul, Dolmabahçe was reflected to the public as a disarmament call. On the contrary, the agreement is a step to arm the PKK against the ISIL in Syria and Iraq and the real owner of the plan is the owner of the 'ISIL strategy', the USA

Mehmet Ali Güller


Öcalan's 10 point plan which was announced by the AKP government and pro-Kurdish HDP in İstanbul, Dolmabahçe was reflected to the public as a disarmament call. On the contrary, the agreement is a step to arm the PKK against the ISIL in Syria and Iraq and the real owner of the plan is the owner of the 'ISIL strategy', the USA.

 

The package imposed Turkey by the US

 

The USA and Turkey to sign a train-equip deal is on the same plane with Turkey's preparations on participating in the operation to rescue Mosul from the ISIL with its Air Forces, allowing the USA to use İncirlik and other US bases in the country for this operation, the new constituion, the presidential system and the AKP-PKK deal on the way to Kurdish autonomy. 

 

Turkey is preparing to play an active role in the USA's new middle east game with these cooperations and agreements. Turkey is becoming as a sub-player with USA's coalition against the ISIL through this package and agreements.

 

But with whom? Of course with the Peshmarga of Barzani and the PKK guerillas. How? Let's open it:

 

The US's ISIL strategy

 

We should emphasize again: The main strategy of the US is to establish a Kurdish corridor from Basra to the Eastern Mediterranean. This is the Greater Kurdistan which will fulfil a second Israel function. The Greater Kurdistan means a smaller Turkey, smaller Iran, smaller Syria and a smaller Iran.

 

The USA made a plan which requires setting up a Kurdish domination in the areas evacuated from the ISIL. Turkey to train Peshmarga forces starting from the Barzani invasion in Kirkuk, Peshmarga's free passage to Syria from Turkey and the indirect support provided to the PYD and its armed wing YPG in Kobani were all the neccessary points of this plan. 

 

The two different ways

 

You can ask why does Turkey support this strategy and cooperate with the PKK and Barzani if it really aims at Turkey?

 

These questions have two answers in terms of both the AKP and Turkish Army. The AKP considers acting together with the USA as a basis of power in the country and an opportunity to expand its sphere of influence in the region since 13 years. Besides that, Turkish Army, in fact the General Staff supports that there is no chance for resisting against this plan by staying out of it. However, Turkish General Staff thinks that it can turn this plan to Turkey's advantage by taking part inside of it. 

 

I should strongly remind: There had been a similar discussion before the 1 March memorandum and the prevailing opinion was to resist against the plan from the outside. Resisting against the US plan by taking part inside of it shows us that there are still more lessons to take after Ergenekon operations. 

 

Resisting from inside means not to resist

 

Resisting against the US plan from inside. I mean by being a part of it means not to resist against it. This is one of the most important lessons of the last 25 years which still keeps its importance in Turkish Army's memory!

 

When the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkey resisted against the US plans from outside, they heavily damaged it: 

 

Remember Turkish General staff Necip Torumtay was resigned because of rejecting to go to the 1st Gulf War with the USA. Turkey had conducted the Operation Steel against the PKK in northern Iraq by allying with Saddam indirectly. And Turkey had closed the northern front of the 2nd Gulf War to the US with the 1 March memorandum. 

 

However when Turkey and the Turkish Army involved in a US plan, I mean resisted from inside, the USA maintained the plan step-by-step. For instance, allowing the 36th Parallel and the Operation Provide Comfort and also being a part of the Greater Middle East and North Africa project.

 

This is the most important lesson of the history: When Turkey rejects the US plans PKK loses strenght but when Turkey becomes a pawn of the US plans, the PKK gets bigger. 

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