NATO’s southeastern spearhead: Turkey’s military aggression in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Caucasus signals proxy conflict with Iran

Anti-bellum

NATO’s southeastern spearhead: Turkey’s military aggression in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Caucasus signals proxy conflict with Iran
Rick Rozoff

The past week has witnessed reports of increased Turkish military activity in Iraq and Syria as well as its intruding itself deeper into the war in Yemen. In all three cases Ankara has pitted itself against forces that are or can be seen to be pro-Iranian: Shiite parties in northern Iraq, the government of Syria and the Houthi-led government in Yemen.

Direct tensions between Turkey and Iran have been increasing since last year over the above three nations as well as the Turkish-directed attack on Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan (Turkey and Azerbaijan identify themselves as “one nation, two states’) and its aftermath.

Each time the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has rushed to Turkey’s defense over the past eighteen years – holding Article Four consultations four times (one time to “protect” it against…

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