Turkey is creating security belt in Kurdistan Region - experts
Two Kurdish experts believe that the large Turkish military presence in the Kurdistan Region and the recent advances of this force is to establish a security belt in the north of the Kurdistan Region in order to operate against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) influence into Turkey.

According to the plan prepared by the Christian Peacekeeping Teams Institute for the Turkish military advance in the northern Kurdistan region, the Turkish forces have advanced between 5 and 35 kilometers in the north of Iraq by establishing more than 40 small and large military bases in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
The two experts said about Turkey's intentions to intensify military operations against the PKK in the Kurdistan Region that Ankara is establishing a security belt in northern Iraq to prevent PKK movements.
Jang Segnik, an expert on Kurdish issues, wrote on his Twitter page: "Turkey confrontation with the PKK has spread to hard-reaching areas that have been under PKK control for 25 years."
He said the aim of intensifying military operations against the PKK was to cut off the PKK ties with Syria and restrict its movements, and that Turkey was establishing a security belt to restrict PKK movements in Shingal.
The Kurdish affairs expert stressed that Turkish army is seeking a larger military operation against the PKK, which will extend to Shingal.
Abdullah Hawiz, another Kurdish analyst, tweeted that Turkey's plan in intensifying military operations against the PKK is deforestation in northern Kurdistan, and making new roads and bases to gradually establish a belt in northern Iraq, adding that the ultimate goal is to limit the PKK movements inside the Kurdistan Region and even in Syria.
Professor Michael Tachun, a Turkey and  Middle East affairs expert, noted that the Turkish army has set up about 40 military bases in parts of northern Erbil, Dohuk and Zakho. It is home to about a third of Mosul province, which had previously been under the control of the Ottoman Empire. In
Forbes reporter Paul Eidon has prepared a report on the recent progress of the Turkish army in the northern Kurdistan Region, noting that Turkey is building a security belt and is the continuation of the buffer zone that Ankara made in 2018-2019, with the occupation of Syrian Kurdish-controlled areas in the north of the country.
In general, he said, Turkey aims to intensify military operations in northern Kurdistan, prevent PKK border movements in Iraq, Turkey and Syria, limit PKK-controlled territory to Qandil and Shingal, and prepare for a more broadly attack against the PKK.
He described it as very difficult for Turkey to achieve all of this, even though it has a second NATO force.
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