Turkish aviation carried out this Sunday at least 25 bombing operations against Kurdish militia positions in northern Syria, which left several dozen dead. Most of the victims were Kurdish militants from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), allied with Turkey’s Kurdish movement, the PKK, but there were also deaths in camps of government forces in Damascus, in the areas of Raqqa and Al Hasaka.
Hours earlier, the Turkish Ministry of Defense had announced the start of the operation called ‘Claw-Sword’in retaliation for the, which left six dead and 81 injured. Despite the fact that both the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the SDF denied responsibility for the attack, the Turkish government claimed that Kurdish separatists were responsible, and yesterday they launched revenge before they could prove it in court .
One of the paradoxes of this endless exchange of blows between Ankara and the Kurds beyond the Turkish borders is the fact that the first focus of the attacks was the area of Raqa, the epicenter of the jihadist ‘caliphate’ of the Islamic State. until
The Islamist Regime, who is going to celebrate twenty years in power in Turkey, has long since taken the world by storm, and with this retaliatory operation he is challenging not only Washington – his ally within NATO – but also Damascus. The civil war in Syria knows a moment of ‘stand by’, in which the Syrian authorities of they have given their placet to the semi-autonomous Kurdish regime in the north and east of the country, similar to Baghdad’s pragmatic attitude towards the Iraqi Kurds.
Erdogan is not only a long way from doing the same with the significant Kurdish population living in eastern Turkey, but he looks on with horror at that Kurdish autonomy process in neighboring countries, and seems willing to disrupt it even if that again causes a fire of war in the region.
On the other hand, the presidential elections are approaching, and the ‘Turkish sultan’ believes that he will be able to obtain a new mandate if he applies a harsh corrective to the Turkish separatists of the PKK, although many doubts about the attack in Istanbul eight days ago have not yet been clarified. For many, Kurds included, the activity of the PKK – a hodgepodge of Marxism and nationalism – is a disgrace for the Kurdish cause, which has made great strides in self-government.