Iran and Turkey:
Turkey-Iran tensions on rise ahead of possible Sinjar Region Operation - More here
3-7-21, DailySabah.com -- Turkey-Iran tensions on rise coinciding with Iran-backed militias issuing statements threatening Turkey. Sinjar is wedged between Turkey to the north and Syria to the west, making it a highly strategic zone long coveted by both the central government in Baghdad and the KRG in the north. Apart from Turkey, the KRG is also irked by the presence of the PKK in the area. [..] In its more than 40-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. In June 2020 Turkey launched Operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle in northern Iraq to ensure the safety of Turks and its national borders by eliminating terrorist threats while it launched Operation Claw-Eagle 2 in February 2021... Underlining that relations can be strained if Iran does not support Turkey’s fight against terrorism and backs the PKK...
Turkey-Iran Tensions Rise as Ankara Expands Operation -More here
3-2-21, VoaNews.com -- The regional rivals are engaged in increasingly bitter diplomatic sparring as Ankara threatens to expand its Iraqi operations to a strategically important region used by an Iranian-backed militia. ... Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu provoked Tehran's anger claiming Sunday, Iran was harboring "525 terrorists." ISTANBUL - Turkish-Iranian tensions are rising over Turkey's ongoing military operations against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. The regional rivals are engaged in increasingly bitter diplomatic sparring as Ankara threatens to expand its Iraqi operations to a strategically important region used by an Iranian-backed militia.
"We do not accept at all, be it Turkey or any other country, to intervene in Iraq militarily or advance or have a military presence in Iraq," Iran's ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, was quoted as saying in an interview broadcast Saturday. [..] It's likely the Turkish military can overwhelm local militias in Sinjar. However, the diplomatic cost to Ankara could prove high, and risk further stoking tensions with its powerful neighbor Iran.
12-14-20, TVUIsraelNews – In recent days during a state visit to Azerbaijan, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan reviewed a military parade marking Azerbaijan’s victory in the 1990’s over Armenia in a bloody war which saw them seize other outlying regions belonging to Azerbaijan.
Russia brokered a ceasefire in the recent Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by locking in the Azeri gains, as well as the deployment of Russian peacekeepers to the region. In a separate deal, Moscow and Ankara also agreed to jointly monitor the truce. It failed.
While he was in Baku, Erdoğan recited an Azeri-Iranian poem about the division of Azerbaijan’s territory between Russia and Iran in the 19th century. Tehran was immediately incensed over the remarks, out of apparent concern they could fan separatist tendencies among Iran’s Azeri minority. Both nations have summoned their ambassadors to return home from the other nation over the incident.
The northwest Iranian region of Azerbaijan borders on the independent state of Azerbaijan, that is a former Soviet Republic. Azeris observe Shi’ite Islam – which is the same as Iran’s official state religion; Turkey’s state Islamic religion is Sunni.
On its website Iran’s Foreign Ministry said: “The Turkish ambassador was informed that the era of territorial claims and expansionist empires is over. Iran does not allow anyone to meddle in its territorial integrity.”
And Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif fumed in a Twitter post: “President Erdoğan was not informed that what he ill-recited in Baku refers to the forcible separation of areas…from (the) Iranian motherland. NO ONE can talk about OUR beloved Azerbaijan.” [..]
Speaking alongside Azeri counterpart renewing his call for a change of the Yerevan government Erdoğan said his nation doesn’t “hold any grudge against Armenian people – our problem is with the Armenian leadership.” [..]
Azeri President Aliyev stated that “If the Armenian leadership draws the right consequences from the war, drop their unfounded claims and look into the future, they also have a place in this platform. We are open to this.”
Iranian and Turkish parallels are noteworthy. Both countries have populations of 80 million. (Egypt, the region’s third large country, has 96 million.) Both boast ancient civilizations, long imperial histories, tensions with Russia, and a successful avoidance of European colonialism. In modern times, each came under the rule of a ruthless modernizer after World War I, followed more recently by an even more repressive Islamist.
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