Turkey and ISIS.. the uncovered agenda


Turkish military forces of the Jandarma (police) block access at the Mursitpinar crossing gate near the Syrian border, where Syrian Kurdish people seek to pass, after escaping ISIS attacks in Kobane. File photo

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – The sudden attack of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) through the  Turkish border crossing of Mürşitpınar against the Syrian city of Kobane, last Saturday, was considered a “shock” to the observers of the situation in this war-torn city. Views varied about the role of Turkey in this particular attack, and the Islamic State offensive against the areas of Kurdish majority in Syria.

Kurdish politician and author Roni Ali believes that “the recent IS-led attack against Kobane through Mürşitpınar shows Turkey’s intention to emphasize its role as an active regional player in the political balances, and as a significant force that has the ability to manage crises in the region, after losing the partner role in the Iraqi situation“.

“On the other hand, Turkey tried and is still trying to invest in the Syrian crisis, using it to serve an interior peace project. So Turkey would not stop providing the Syrian crisis, especially in the Kurdish regions, with factors of continuity and tension, in an attempt to paralyze the power of the PKK’s military wing (in reference to the Democratic Union Party “PYD”), provoking it to an open war in the Kurdish areas,” Ali told ARA News

“Apparently, Kobane’s crisis formed a suitable ground to the Turkish regional ambitions, and Turkey won’t hesitate to support both parties of conflict in various forms and means, whether publicly or confidentially, in order to accomplish its aspirations, demonstrating to the allies it’s key role in the Syrian conflict,” he said. 

Speaking to ARA News, civil rights’ activist Sherwan Talas commented on the same issue saying: “Turkey plays dual roles in the war of IS against Kobane, and the Syrian war in general, as it publicly supports the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) on the one hand, and confidentially backs the IS radical group on the other hand.”

“The best proof for Turkey’s double-standards regarding the Syrian crisis is that IS militants are carrying out many operations on the border with Syria within sight of the Turkish security forces, who do not life a finger,” Talas said. “Turkey is also facilitating the arrival of foreign extremists to Syria through its airports and borders. Terrorists also receive treatment in Turkish hospitals.” 

Turkey Wants to Break Down Kobane Resistance 

Mohammed Saleh Shekhu, a Kurdish teacher and political activist, told ARA News that Turkey’s main objective behind allowing IS militants to use its territory in order to attack the Kurdish forces in Kobane “is to weaken Syrian Kurds and prevent any autonomous entity at its borders”.  

Kurdish activist Ismail Ahmed also expressed his belief that the attack of the IS “came from the Turkish side as an attempt to break down the resistance in Kobane.

“Turkey didn’t expect this degree of resistance by the Kurdish forces against IS terrorists. The Turkish authorities explicitly showed their outrage regarding the international support with Kobane, as the only city which could resist IS attacks for more than two months,” Ahmed said.

“The international community has become convinced that Turkey is a key factor behind the strength of the IS radical group.” 

According to Mahmoud Abdi, a Kurdish politician based in Germany, “the withdrawal of the Turkish border guards from Mürşitpınar crossing and their inaction towards the IS during the attack against Kobane last Saturday have stripped the confidential Turkey-IS cooperation”. 

Daryus Darwish, member of the Syrian Center for Transitional Justice, expressed his belief that Turkey is trying by all means “to thwart the Kurdish resistance in Kobane, as tried before in Saere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain), aiming to achieve several goals, including forcing the PKK to enter negotiations with less strength, in order to accept the Turkish terms in the alleged peace process in Turkey”.

“Turkey is trying to become the sole regional power in dealing with the Kurdish issue and the Syrian crisis. The authorities in Ankara believe they have domesticated the Arab forces, but their success was not complete because of the Kurdish refusal to submit to the Turkish agenda,” Darwish told ARA News.

Multiple Messages

Dr. Muslim Tallas, a Kurdish professor at the University of Mardin, said that he is “not entirely sure that the IS militants used the Turkish territory to attack Kobane”

“IS militants have most likely infiltrated Mürşitpınar border crossing to attack the Kurdish forces in Kobane, but not necessarily through a coordination with Turkey.”

“The Kurdish forces need unity, prudence and extreme caution. They should avoid announcing victories to the media,” Tallas said. 

Speaking to ARA News in Urfa, Kurdish writer Khalil Aslan said that Ankara tries to stick to a set of conditions before joining the U.S.-led international coalition against IS group, arguing that those conditions are proposed to show a Turkish collective solution to the Syrian crisis.  

“However, these conditions gained Turkey more time to continue its support to the IS militants to weaken the Kurdish fist in northern Syria,” Aslan said. 


Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News 

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