Turkey is preparing to deploy its Syrian proxies in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region where it has been battling the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for decades, the Hawar News Agency (ANHA) reported on December 24.
Sources familiar with the alleged plan told the Kurdish Syrian agency that Turkey will deploy militants from al-Qaeda’s Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and the Turkistan Islamic Party who fought beside its forces in northern and northeastern Syria before.
The Syrian militants will reportedly be deployed in Haftanin, Kirkuk, Sinjar and Diyala, where a new pro-Turkey coalition called the Turkistan Mobilization Units will be formed.
“The Turkish occupation wants to occupy border areas 8 to 14 km deep in southern Kurdistan, and to declare them a permanent safe zone,” ANHA quoted one of the sources as saying.
ANHA was one of the first outlets to reveal Turkey’s plans to send Syrian militants to Libya and later to Azerbaijan. The agency is well informed on the movements of Ankara’s Syrian proxies.
Earlier this year, the Turkish military launched a number of operations against PKK cells in the Kurdistan Region. The operations failed to neutralize the Kurdish guerrilla group’s threat.
Turkeyб which sent thousands of Syrian militants to fight for its interests in Libya and Azerbaijanб will not likely hesitate to use them against the PKK in northern Iraq. The role of these militants in Kurdistan may go beyond fighting to bring a demographic change in the Kurdish region.
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