Organisation which faced numerous betrayals in Northern Iraq and and became pawns of the Greater Middle-East Project (GMEP) are now accusing imperial forces with “”.

In other words, those who have betrayed their countries are complaining of being betrayed, which is indeed tragicomical.

The first incident, was regarding the September 25 referenda crisis. Now, Salih , is facing the same fate as Barzani, who was backed by USA-Israel but failed to achieve a sustainable result due to the resolute stance of --Iraq.

The “Olive Branch” operation, which has been initiated in and is expected to extended toward East of Euphrates in the coming days has brought by a second “” incident. Some groups claiming to represent the in the region are accusing the US with while others point the finger to .

For instance, Sipan Hemo, the so-called General of the YPG-PYD/PKK/SDG terror organisation has accused , which stationed units in for two years with . , however did not respond to such statements.

Does “No Response” Mean Being Open-Ended?

Such response has brought to mind the strong-deep cooperation between and regarding the “Caucasian Wall Project” put into practise in 1920’s against the UK and the British project of “Greater Armenia”.

Therefore, there was also a sense of and has taken the decision to punish PYD-YPG/PKK which began to serve US interest under the pretext of n Democratic Forces (SDG).

In fact, a similar thought is expressed in the opinion “How Operations Will Affect the Relation of Parties in ”, published in Voice of America by Al Rai Newspaper foreign policy journalist Elijah Magnier. The journalist states that:

“It is suggested that the relationship between the and , which has been in balance for a long time, began to deteriorate after the established closer relations with the US. The ns throughout history have supported the . However, the in have aligned themselves with the ranks of the US which is against n interests in the country. supports the unity of since it considers it as its back garden. will remain in for at least 50 years. For this reason, the security and stability of is necessary for the interests of . However, the US support the partition of .”

A similar determination is made by the n expert Vyacheslav Matuzov who assessed that the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the strategy to topple the n via ISIS is a “Kurdish project” and a new ring of successive chaos in the Middle-East.

In his interview with Izvestiya newspaper regarding the support given by the US to the , Matuzov argues that the US is taking concrete step to divide and establish a Kurdish state and warns the not be blinded with empty promises and calls upon them to sustain their relations with neighbouring countries. He states that; “ are being used as a tool. The more the are armed and supported by Washington, the stronger Ankara will retaliate and in ’s view this operation will gain better legitimacy. , , and Iraq, will not give permission to the to establish their own state. Besides, the US will remove the from its radar once they serve its interests.”

What is Trying to Achieve?

Frankly speaking, is still not clear upon the matter. As a matter of fact, Magnier has a testimony that the policy of towards the n might change. Magnier also states that prior to ’s operation, there have been negotiations between , Damascus and the in Moscow and Hmeymim Airbase in Latakia regarding transfer of power in . However, the parties failed to reach an agreement which led to the withdrawal of n forces from and lit the green light to carry the operation.

However, it seems that the ns haven’t completely closed its doors to PYD-YPG/PKK. As a matter of fact, it is aligning itself close with US’s vision regarding n . Although there are no official announcements, messages given through the media indicate this. Another point to take from such messages are the “fine tunings” give to .

At this point Kommersant journalist Marriana Belenkaya states that the are in dilemma between “agreeing with Damascus” and “maintaining their confidence with the US”. In her opinion she also strives to narrow the scope of Operation Olive Branch and maintain a more innocent image of PYD-YPG/PKK.

Belenkaya states that, “the aim of the operation, is to create a security line of 30 kilometers. The Turks are calling upon the to stop supplying the with armaments and withdraw the armed Kurdish formations in to the east of the Euphrates. Contrary to the Iraqi , n want federalism instead of independence.”

The most striking evaluation comes, Nikolai Nikolovlotnikov an Oriental Studies fellow at the n Academy of Sciences, who spoke to Kommersant. Plotnikov states that the current situation in is due to and US differences and interest and quotes that, “the are held hostage among both countries.”

Now we have to ask: Who systematically discharged North and made the PYD-YPG/PKK an issue? Who are the real hostages? Will Moscow fall into the same pitfall of Stalin or Trump at the end of the bargain? Is , which aims to punish the dilemma of the aware of the conundrum it is falling into?

Originally published in https://ankasam.org/en/russias-kurdish-dilemma/