The leaders of Turkey and Iran vowed to prevent the Kurds from creating an independent state in Iraq. The announcement came after a meeting between the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the visiting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran.
Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region held an independence referendum last week. More than 90 percent of those who took part in the referendum voted to split from Baghdad. Following the referendum, the Kurdish authorities plan hold an independent presidential and parliamentary elections next month.
Besides Iraq, the ethnic Kurds are spread across Iran, Turkey and Syria. An independent Kurdish State, or Kurdistan, could prompt ethnic Kurds living in those countries to intensify their struggle for independence as well.
Iran’s theocratic leader Khamenei, paranoid as usual, saw the hand of the U.S. and Israel behind the Kurdish push for independence. “America and Israel benefit from the vote…The United States and foreign powers are untrustworthy and seek to create a new Israel in the region,” Khamenei told Erdogan, according to Iranian media reports.
One can only hope that the crazed Ayatollah is right for once. A "new Israel" in the region that has brought fourth one depraved Islamist tyranny after another can only be a good thing.
The Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post reported Iranian-Turkish efforts to block Kurdish independence:
The presidents of Iran and Turkey vowed during talks in Tehran on Wednesday to work closely together to prevent the disintegration of Iraq and Syria and to oppose the Iraqi Kurds' drive for independence. (…)
Iran and Turkey have already threatened to join Baghdad in imposing economic sanctions on Iraqi Kurdistan and have launched joint military exercises with Iraqi troops on their borders with the separatist region.
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan, who is on a one-day trip to Tehran that will also include talks with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Ankara was considering taking further measures against Iraqi Kurdistan. (…)
"We have already said we don't recognize the referendum in northern Iraq... We have taken some measures already with Iran and the Iraqi central government, but stronger steps will be taken," [Erdogan] said.
Unlike the Erdogan Regime, the Kurds have proven themselves to be a trusted ally of the West and have raised, against all odds, a formidable fighting force to push back the Islamic State from Iraqi soil. Kurdish fighters are also leading the charge in driving the ISIS fighters out of their capital city of Raqqa, located deep in Syrian territory.
The Shi'ite Islamic theocracy of Iran and Turkey’s Sunni Islamist regime of Erdogan are ideological foes and have been engaged in proxy wars with each other across the Middle East. Tehran militarily backs the Bashar al-Assad Regime in Syria, while Turkey’s Erdogan regime has been accused of giving aid and comfort to the Islamists fighting to overthrow the Assad Regime. However, the ‘terrifying’ prospect of having to live next to a democratic and non-Islamic state has brought these warring Islamist regimes together.