PKK and Kurdistan Region vie for influence on Iraq-Syria border
Despite the defeat of the ISIS, some border crossings between Iraq and Syria are still unstable due to the conflict between Kurdish movements, especially the ruling Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Carnegie Endowment wrote.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace reported that the PKK and the KDP are competing for control and influence over some border crossings, such as Simelka, between Iraq and Syria.

This long analytical report emphasizes that in the past few years, new developments have occured on the Syrian-Iraqi border, with Kurdish movements competing over some border points between Iraq and Syria, including the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Kurdish Autonomous Administration in Syria seeking control over these points is remarkable.

The report emphasizes that the PKK is trying to gain more control over some border crossings, such as Simelka and Ya'aroubia, through Syrian Kurdish forces as well as in some areas, such as Shingal. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has blamed Kurdish groups for competing in these areas for the weakness of the Syrian and Iraqi central governments in their complete control of the border areas and for their greater freedom of action.

Among the effects of the control of Kurdish groups on the border crossings between Iraq and Syria, are the control of the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdish Autonomous Administration in Syria on the transportation of people and goods in these areas, according to the report.

Regarding the PKK influence in these areas, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has pointed to its ideological and organizational ties to some local groups, such as the People's Defense Units (YPG) in Syria and the Shingal Resistance Forces.

One of the consequences of these developments, Carnegie said, is the intensification of competition between Kurdish groups such as the KDP as the ruling party in the Kurdistan Region and the PKK.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace also referred to the US alliance with the Syrian Kurds and the use of some border crossings between Iraq and Syria to transfer troops and equipment to Syria, as well as Turkey's willingness to take military action in these areas under the PKK. He also considered the two countries to be influential in the future of the border areas between Iraq and Syria, especially in Shingal region.

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