What’s happening in Mosul and Raqqa is all related to this.It is part of the counter-balance of Turkey against Iran.
“We have been an ally of Kurds for 40 years and we are the sons of this land,” he told reporters in April, 2016. As the leader of Badr, a component of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, a friend of Qassem Soleimani, and once considered for the position of Iraqi Defense Minister, Amri’s relations with the Kurds in Tal Afar are symbolic of the new Iraq. These relations are also symbolic of the challenges facing the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). offensive in 2007 to root out insurgents, and the subsequent withdrawal of U. forces had left the KRG on its own as a center of stability in a country lurching from crisis to crisis.By the fall of 2016 with IS on the ropes, the Kurdish Peshmerga had conquered tens of thousands of square kilometers outside of the official borders of the KRG in areas previously described as “disputed” between the KRG and the Iraqi central government.For more than a decade after 2003 the Kurdish region had argued with Baghdad over which areas each would administer in various regions bordering the KRG.Foreign governments recognized the Kurdish success in fighting IS by providing clandestine and official military aid, including direct support for the Peshmerga from the U. Kurdistan became cut off from Baghdad, and thus its reliance on Turkey as an economic lifeline increased and it sought to sell its own oil.Exports had to flow north through Zakho on the Turkish border as IS threatened the highway from Kirkuk to Baghdad.