Turkish aims to besiege Syrian Kurdistan by Kurdistan Region incursion: PYD
Aldar Khalil, a board member of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), said Turkey’s recent incursion into the Iraqi Kurdistan aims to encircle Shingal region by advancing through Mosul and Kirkuk, and then to besiege the regions of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) from Iraq.

Khalil told North Press that Turkey is trying to exploit any chance to pounce on the Kurdistan region of Iraq, especially since federal Iraq is currently suffering from political weakness due to its parliament’s inability to agree on a new president.

 “Turkey suffers from Kurdophobia and it fears the democratic project in Syria that brings together all communities within a single project. Therefore, it has resorted to occupying Jarablus, al-Bab, Azaz, and Afrin [in northern Syria], and it is now preparing to launch other attacks to occupy new areas,” Khalil added.

The PYD leader pointed out that if the US were willing to intervene to force a dialogue between Ankara and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), this may address several issues of the Middle East, saying, “The dialogue may lead to easing the Turkish pressure on both Damascus and Baghdad.” 

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