Turkey and Russia reach agreement regarding Iraq

You do remember the article, "Turkey and Russia reach agreement on the ‘design’ of the Idlib operation," (Yeni Şafak, Sept. 15) which announced the Idlib agreement established in Sochi in advance?

Things in Idlib and Syria have not ended just yet, but Turkey and Russia reached an agreement in Iraq. It can be said that Russia, Turkey and Iran have made a start toward confronting the U.S.

The "course of life" does not leave any other option and it "imposes" this solution.

The fear mongers on every column and television channel wishing for disaster until the Sochi agreement, saying, "Idlib is difficult," are now as silent as the dead.

They continue to bury themselves deeper in their graves as the likelihood that Turkish and U.S. armed forces face off regarding Iraq.

The likelihood of troops combatting each other in the region formed of "quicksand" is no longer about "power," but the total of forces.

You can put Russia, Turkey, Iran and even Damascus, as well as some Iraq elements on one side, and the U.S., Israel and the "countries" that are told, "you will not last 15 days if we stop protecting you" on the other.

But is marching toward the perhaps final face-off with the U.S. in Syria and Iraq a fantastical "homeland-nation-janissary band" route, or an obligation that leans on foreign political development?

Signs…

"I believe that the more Syria expands its safe zones, the faster our guests will return to their homelands. Our next goal is to clear the areas east of Manbij and the Euphrates of the terrorist organization occupying these regions. God willing, we will achieve this as soon as possible." (President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Oct. 1)

"It is time to completely clear Manbij of the YPG [People's Protection Units]." (Foreign Ministry of Turkey, Oct. 2)

"The Iraqi parliament elected Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) candidate Barham Salih as the president. Salih designated Adil Abdul Mahdi, the independent candidate of Shiites as prime minister. The appointment led to tensions between the two big Kurdish parties." (Oct. 5)

"Masud Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) came first in the ballots in the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) parliamentary elections on Sunday." (Oct. 4)

"The chaotic independence outburst of the regional government in northern Iraq was negated with the clear stance demonstrated by Turkey. Iraq was saved from a great problem with the dominance of the central administration. Our hope is that the PKK presence in the country is eliminated." (President Erdoğan, Oct. 1)

"On Sept. 30 the Iranian military targeted Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDPI) camps in the Erbil-Iran border area. Iranian forces organized an attack on the KDPI’s camp operating in Erbil on Sept. 8 and 16 KDPI members, including top-level figures, died." (Oct. 1)

"The U.S. Department of State announced that they will no longer be providing services from their consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra. The U.S. stated that it will hold Iran responsible for any attack on its staff in Iraq." (Sept. 29)

"The U.S. Secretary of Defense announced that the number of U.S. diplomats in Syria has been doubled." (Oct. 10)

"The Russian Defense Ministry announced that 49 S-300 air defense systems have been delivered to the Syrian government." (Oct. 2)

"The Syrian Foreign Minister announced that they welcome the agreement reached during the Putin-Erdoğan summit in Sochi to establish a demilitarized area in Idlib." (Sept. 28)

"The Syrian foreign minister said that Turkey has the capacity to fulfill its obligations under the Idlib agreement." (Oct. 3, VOA)

"The Syrian foreign minister said, "It is necessary to normalize relations [with Ankara] in the future." (Oct. 10, DW)

"Our objective is to clear the entire Syrian territory of terrorists, starting from Manbij. It is to completely clear Qandil, which is the source of the trouble, and Sinjar which is headed toward being the new Qandil, from the separatist terrorist organization [PKK]." (President Erdoğan, Sept. 26)

"Iranian President Hassan Rouhani prior to Erdoğan’s outburst at the UN, followed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's messages criticizing the U.S. presence east of the Euphrates and its operations there, is a noteworthy aspect of the matter. In this respect, a trilateral challenge against the U.S. is in question." (Sept. 27, S. Ergin, Hürriyet)

"We are in very tight and rapidly developing relations with the Russia in every area. Similarly, we are in close contact with Iran regarding our Syria and Iraq policies. We attach special importance to including Iran in decisions regarding the future of the region." (President Erdoğan, Oct. 1)

"National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said, ‘We told our addressees at NATO that we will never allow a terror corridor on Turkey's borders.’” (Oct. 4, Brussels)

Finally...

It is clear that thwarting the others from Iraq is slowly giving confidence.

Moscow is present in Iraq with "star" energy names such as Lukoil, Rosneft and Gazprom. According to a frequently repeated claim, the S-400s are going to play a role in the "new rapport period."

There is also no reason for the new Baghdad administration to ignore Moscow. Mikhail Bogdanov, the most powerful Russian diplomatic character in the region said yesterday: "Iraq is one of Russia's main partners in the region."

Protecting Iraq's sovereignty is included among Moscow's official discourse; it is on the same page with Ankara regarding Barzani's "independence referendum," which was dubbed "chaotic." The reconstruction of Iraq is the big great. (‘Russian presence in Iraq - a matter of time’, Oct. 3, TNA.)

The only thing missing is military presence!

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