The common fate of Istanbul and Mosul


Mosul needs Turkey's involvement in the operation to a great extent because what is really at stake is the fate of Mosul and everyone knows that the fates of Mosul and Istanbul have been inseparable from each other for years

The Mosul operation has begun, but it is not yet clear where it will evolve. Not only Turkey, but also the entire world is following the developments with apprehension. The most notable aspect of the process is the explicit display of anti-Turkism by global forces, particularly the U.S.

The lies that they cling to, such as "Turkey does not fight Daesh" or "Turkey abets Daesh," which have been said by almost every global force, including the internal imperialist ones, seem to have been forgotten now. And ironically, Turkey's wish to stand against Daesh in Mosul is being objected to at the moment.

The reason is obvious: This war solely consists of a global-scale race to share various resources, including oil and energy corridors. Around 65 percent of the world's overall energy stocks are located in this region. Therefore, the region is of vital importance, and global forces do not want the region's countries to seize opportunities and gain ground.

Absolutely everything has been done in line with this purpose. As in the past, they do not even care about whether the region is devastated or not. But there is one thing they care about: The voice of Turkey, which asks for justice in the region.

This very fact underlines all the sieges and traps set against Turkey, particularly in the last three years. The global forces that rendered Iraq ineffective and turned Syria into a bloodbath with proxy wars with terrorist groups they abetted are currently aspiring to achieve their malignant goals by showing "the Shia Crescent and Canton" cards to Iran and the PKK/Democratic Union Party (PYD) terrorist line that is also connected to Iran.

Daesh has been the biggest tool of this global-scale game, which poses a high risk of introducing sectarian or ethnic-based conflicts. The interesting point is that following Turkey's successful Jarablus operation against Daesh, which was launched in collaboration with the Free Syria Army (FSA), the U.S. took action and pointed to Mosul, a critical location in the region, as a target. This is an indirect way to assert that the U.S. has the initiative in the region.

Aside from Turkey's autonomous stance, its successful military landing in Jarablus against Daesh has influenced their blatant and overt objection to Turkey's presence in Mosul because with this operation, it explicitly stood out that Daesh has been manipulated as a "manufactured evil" to maintain the Syrian civil war, legitimize the PKK-PYD line and threaten Turkey with terrorism both inside and outside.

In this period, it is neither unexceptional nor incidental that relations between strategic partners Turkey and the U.S. have gradually become critical. This stems from neither Turkey's harsh stance against illegal organizations, including the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) and the PKK-PYD line, nor the moderate attitude of the U.S. toward them.

The main cause lies deeper. It is closely related to profound global interests and ambitions to reshape the world order. In a sense, it is the reverberation of the argument that "the world is bigger than five" in the field.

Of course, despite everything, Turkey has to be included in the Mosul equation. Turkey has sustained its presence in Bashiqa and is also already involved in the operation with Nineveh volunteers. Besides, Kurdistan Region Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani, who is currently maintaining the operation, argues that Turkey cannot be omitted from the equation.

Mosul needs Turkey's involvement in the operation to a great extent because what is really at stake is the fate of Mosul. It might have been glossed over so far, but today many people are aware of the fact that the fates of Mosul and Istanbul are inseparable from each other.

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