​​​​​​​Turkish occupation of S. Kurdistan ... Large numbers of soldiers; unknown future!

While the Turkish occupation state continues to launch successive attacks on areas in Başûr (Southern Kurdistan), some figures about the reality of the force that Turkey has mobilized inside the Kurdistan lands raise fears and many questions about the future of the region.

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

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

Continuous years of war

Since April 24, 2021, the areas of Zap, Avaşîn, Metîna, which are border areas located within the geography of Başûr (Southern Kurdistan), have witnessed violent battles waged by the Guerilla forces in the face of the attacks of the Turkish occupation state, which aims to expand the areas it occupies there.

These attacks are not new. Since 2018, the Turkish occupation state has escalated its military attacks in the region, without receiving any response or confrontation except from the guerrilla fighters.

Turkey has promoted a number of pretexts, hidden behind the real motives for 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 Turkey's current borders.

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

This was taking place in parallel with 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 the Turkish expansion in other places was subject to media and diplomatic discussion, the successive Turkish attacks on Başûr remained out of the spotlight, which allowed it to work on implementing its goals and plans, were it not for the fact that the Guerilla forces violated Turkish expectations and impeded their strategic plans.

Murat Karayilan said, "It is the first time in the history of Kurdistan and the history of their struggle, where the resistance has been escalating for more than five consecutive months without stopping and on one front, and Turkey has been stopped," considering this an "unusual" matter.

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

large military presence

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

In addition to the fact that Turkey has deployed more than 30,000 soldiers in the region, according to Murat Karayilan, dozens of Turkish military bases are deployed in separate areas of Başûr, which today, more than ever, is facing a threat to its existence.

The large number of soldiers that Turkey has deployed raises the question about the nature of Turkish intentions and goals, as it seems that it is preparing to stay long, if not forever, in the area in which it established the military bases, and is still working to build more of them 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, secure a long stay in it, and face any challenges that might threaten these plans.

In addition, this massive mobilization and the construction of dozens of large bases ends 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, and this today constitutes an existential threat to southern Kurdistan and Iraq.

A repetition of the Cypriot scenario

On July 20, 1974, Turkey sent 40,000 soldiers to occupy a large part of the state of Cyprus, under the pretext of protecting the 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 percent of Cypriot territory and built on it what it called the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus", a republic recognized only by Turkey, and although 80 percent of the population were Greek Cypriots, the vast majority of whom were expelled by occupied lands.

Turkey divided the Republic of Cyprus into two parts by using military force that allowed 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 United States' lifting of the arms embargo imposed on Cyprus, apparently to protect what was imposed militarily on the island, which is a member of the European Union.

Looking at the steps taken in Başûr, the matter does not seem much different, as Turkey seeks to impose its occupation and permanent presence in the region by mobilizing thousands of soldiers and building dozens of bases.

This is done jointly with the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which shares Turkey's intelligence information and besieges the Guerilla 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 the end of the obstacles facing Turkey, which seeks to occupy large parts of Başûr.

Murat Karayilan says, in the context of his speech, that Turkey eliminates those who cooperate with it in the end and after the need for it ends, and adds: "If Turkey had not been stopped in Zap, Avaşîn, Metîna, no one would have known where it would go," in reference to it pointed out that the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the gains enjoyed by the Kurdish people in Başûr are endangered, if Turkey crosses the defensive line formed by the Kurdistan Workers Party between Başûr and the Turkish border.

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

T/ Satt.


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