The Kurdish people have been in a pickle for decades. As Turkey begins an assault against the stateless nation, the situation only appears to be worsening; many people across the globe have placed blame on President Trump for moving small numbers of troops away from the Kurdish region of Syria. But it’s far from the first time the United States has turned blind eye to their so-called ally in the Middle East, so why does Kurdistan continue to place faith in the Pentagon?
Sparking international tensions is nothing new in the Middle-East. However, no matter how disliked Syria is globally, Turkey’s desire to invade Kurdistan is no laughing matter. The infringement on national borders by a rising power in the region is undoubtedly not a minor issue.
The answer to why Turkey, a NATO member, would decide to invade its neighbor is not a single reason. Rather, it is an amalgamation of reasons that mostly boil down to geography, money, and influence. One thing remains certain: there are too many incentives for Erdogan to ignore.
Several days ago, President Trump withdrew U.S. troops from Kurdistan in Northern Syria. He consequently endorsed Turkish military operations against the Kurdish forces. Since then, Turkey has announced they’d begin ground operations in Northern Syria. Turkish bombings and troop deployments in the region have already begun.
Ever since the Ottoman Empire dissolved and the various world powers got their hands on it, the Middle East has been ensconced in conflict. For much of that time, the United States has been heavily involved in Middle Eastern politics. Specifically, it has recently battled the terrorist groups Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Taliban. As a result of President Bush’s occupation of Iraq, Obama’s “War on Terror”, and Trump’s continued refusal to eject troops from the region, America still ravages an entire subcontinent. Despite this damage and death, America remains ineffective at quelling terrorism. Though ISIS has a greatly reduced presence, they and the other groups remain a significant problem for many Middle Easterners. But amidst America’s “well-intentioned” but damaging military action, local armies are also rising up to defend their own homes. The most notable of these is the Kurdish-based army, Rojava.
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