Turkey could be viewed as a loose cannon in the Middle East. Now, the supposedly “moderate” Muslim nation has conducted strikes in Iraq, as Kurdistan 24 has reported.
Warplanes from Turkey struck “in the Yezidi (Ezidi)-populated city of Shingal in northern Iraq” and sources also said that “there were some airstrikes to the west of Baraa village.” This is but a stone’s throw away from Syria, ally of Russia. This action has “worried” an aid foundation’s leadership to their very core.
“The Free Yezidi Foundation is very worried that Turkey has started striking Sinjar. At this moment we hear that there have been more than five explosions from airstrikes in different areas of Sinjar,” stated Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Founder and Executive Director of the Free Yezidi Foundation.
She said that “convoy” was hit along with “Shingal Resistance Units (YBS)” and other “checkpoints.”
“We are often asked when Ezidis will be ready to return to Shingal. Among so many concerns about reconstruction, demining IEDs, and basic needs like water, electricity, housing, and employment, the top concern is security. Today, a NATO member conducts airstrikes in Shingal targeting Ezidis,” the founder added.
At this point in the story, some minds could easily recall the words of President Donald Trump and the warnings which he has given that allude to NATO not being the great beacon of peace that it claims to be.
“The Free Yezidi Foundation calls upon the international coalition, Operation Inherent Resolve, to stop all aggressive airstrikes against Shingal immediately. The international coalition, as we understand, was put together to defeat [the Islamic State (IS)] and defend victimized communities. Shingal can never be the target of such attacks again,” Ibrahim swore.
So, why is Turkey attacking people who have assembled to defeat the very face of evil in modern times, ISIS? Why is a group of people who exist to help the victims of Daesh and others treated to a bombing from the skies?
These questions become even bolder when it is remembered that in 2014, on the same day as Turkey’s attack, “IS militants attacked the village of Kocho and massacred over 800 people.” This truth was not lost on Ibrahim who said, “It is also worth noting that this outrageous action has been taken on Aug. 15, one of the dark days in our recent history, when IS conducted its genocidal cleansing of the village of Kocho.”
She said additionally, “Many of the survivors are mourning today, and some are even in or near Kocho around mass graves to remember their loved ones.”
A Sinune official, Naif Saido, said, “I was not there, but [people in the area of Shilo Valley] say fighter jets in the Shilo valley hit YBS.”
On Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met and agreed to “cooperate in the campaign against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who are present in Shingal,” but is this to be the way that their dea is to be accomplished? If so, this could be one of the bloodiest handshakes in Middle Eastern history.
Already, the whole Middle East is practically a war zone, so this only complicates matters further.
Certainly, the bombing shows that that whole region has problems far and away from anything caused, bettered, or worsened by the United States. President Obama, to his credit, did withdraw some U.S. entanglements from the region and President Donald Trump (other than twice in Syria and keeping his pledge to end ISIS), has hardly been a war hawk in the area.
That said, all eyes are now on Turkey and Iraq. If these kinds of actions persist, it hard to predict where it all could end.