Nei­ther Rus­sia nor Tur­key is Ac­tu­ally Fight­ing ISIS!

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

Me­dia out­lets of the world, sup­port­ing ei­ther Rus­sian or Turk­ish in­ter­ests, have laid claim as to whether the down­ing the of a Rus­sian war­plane was jus­ti­fi­able or not; yet none have men­tioned that nei­ther state is se­ri­ous in fight­ing ISIS and end­ing their bar­baric ac­tions. Rus­sia claims to want to strike ISIS along the Turk­ish border, as if ISIS didn’t ex­ist in their cap­i­tal Raqqa, or there’s no threat on the Syr­ian cap­i­tal Da­m­as­cus. It’s clear to most an­a­lysts that they are bomb­ing ar­eas of Turk­men pop­u­la­tion and oth­ers un­der the con­trol mod­er­ate Syr­ian op­po­si­tion who are backed by the US and Tur­key.

Tur­key has been ac­cused of in­tend­ing to build a buf­fer zone in­side Syr­ian ter­ri­tory. The idea of the buf­fer zone will likely be­come stronger af­ter the Paris ter­ror­ist at­tacks; France cer­tainly would sup­port this along with Tur­key who wishes to stop the in­flux of Syr­ian refugees into its coun­try. In ad­di­tion to help­ing Turk­mens in­side Syria, turn­ing a blind eye on the in­flux and move­ment of ISIS has posed prob­lems for Tur­key as well.

Tur­key ad­mit­ted down­ing the Rus­sian war­plane, in­sist­ing on its right to de­fend its ter­ri­tory. Rus­sia is seek­ing to end the is­sue with an apol­ogy by Tur­key. Tur­key be­haves as a pow­er­ful mem­ber of NATO and took the ac­tion from a pow­er­ful mil­i­tary po­si­tion; it also stated pre­vi­ously that Rus­sian war­planes had crossed the bor­ders.

Down­ing the Rus­sian war­plane is cer­tainly a se­ri­ous event, which could lead the area into an even more com­plex sit­u­a­tion. Al­ready we are see­ing two main war fronts against ISIS— the first a US led coali­tion, while the other is Rus­sia, Iran, Syria and Bagh­dad coali­tion. We can­not say Iraq, but only Bagh­dad (or the Arab Shia author­ity in Bagh­dad) be­cause Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is of­fi­cially in the front of USA and its al­lies. The Pesh­merge are a known ally of France, Bri­tain, Ger­many, Italy, Swe­den, Canada and US for the prac­ti­cal fight against ISIS, while Bagh­dad is be­hav­ing as the re­gional front with the three states dis­ap­proved by Sun­nis.

The four coun­try’s axis works to keep As­sad in power while main­tain­ing Iran’s role in the area and de­fend­ing the re­gion’s Shia through sec­tar­ian con­flicts.

The in­flux of mil­lions of Syr­i­ans refugees to Europe, Paris ter­ror­ist at­tacks, and ISIS’ threat against other Euro­pean coun­tries and US come at nearly the same time as the Rus­sian war­plane down­ing. Why would all th­ese events oc­cur at one time but among coun­tries that are al­ready di­vided in the war front against ISIS?

Nei­ther Rus­sia nor Tur­key is work­ing se­ri­ously to de­feat ISIS. Some coun­tries in the area have taken ad­van­tage of ISIS to sup­port Bashar As­sad, fur­ther Shia poli­cies and lessen the in­ter­ests of the Gulf coun­tries who have started the oil war by low­er­ing prices. What’s go­ing on in Syria un­der the pre­text of fight­ing ISIS is ex­ploited for the strength­en­ing of Turk­ish and Rus­sian po­lit­i­cal in­ter­est in the re­gion. Rus­sia doesn’t want to lose its role in the Mid­dle East like it did in Libya, Ye­men and other ar­eas, while Tur­key doesn’t want its neigh­bor­ing coun­try to be con­trolled by Kur­dish forces or a group that would pose threat to the se­cu­rity of its bor­ders.

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