Iran-backed militias, PKK coordinated vs. Turkish troops in Iraq
US military intelligence believes Iran-backed militias have been coordinating with Kurdish guerrillas to launch attacks on Turkey’s military presence in northern Iraq, according to a Pentagon inspector general report released today.
Prominent Iran-backed militias have publicly slammed Turkey’s military operations targeting fighters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from the mountains of northern Iraq, citing violations of Iraq’s sovereignty.
The unpopular expansion of Turkey’s military operations against the PKK in Iraq’s Kurdistan region appears to be giving Iran-aligned groups space to carve out some new legitimacy.
“The militias probably calculate that their attacks against Turkey will deter Turkey from attacking the PKK in federal Iraq while enhancing their public image as defenders of Iraqi sovereignty,” the DIA reported.