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The Republic of Turkey Enters Iraq...How Turkish Power Alters the Region.

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The Republic of Turkey in an unprecedented cooperation with the United States executed a joint air strike on opposition forces. With the ferocious movements of (ISIS) towards Central Iraq it left regional forces (The Kurdish Resistance ) along with 800 US special operators and Iraqi forces little choice but to commence targeted air strikes when 40,000 ethic and religious minorities where flanked and cornered in Northern Iraqi mountainous region. The Turkish Air Force which represents a portion of the 9th largest military force in the world. Exhibited to the region and world specifically Russia its air power capabilities and solidified its military dominance of the Middle East.

Regional Political Structure.

The AKP sees the EU v as part of its regional foreign policy, suggesting that Turkey is the link between its region and Europe and that Europe should be eager to exploit Turkey’s geo-strategic position. Under Foreign Minister Davutoglu, it has paid more attention to regional affairs than to Brussels. Moreover, Turkey’s growing foreign policy independence and ties to Iran have strained its relations with the EU, leading some in the European Parliament to call on Ankara to further coordinate its foreign policy with the EU, particularly regarding Iran, even before the November 2010 progress report. This is essential to the stability of the region for both the Middle East as well as Europe. Turkey’s ability to provide markets and trade for a region such as the Balkans and struggling countries that are in the process of rebuilding such as Iraq are absolutely paramount. Turkey serves as the model to all Islamic nations that capitalism and modernization can be accomplished without compromising Islamic values and traditions.

The disparity in economic disparity in Eastern Turkey and the Kurdish uprisings along borders poses complex issues that posses the greatest threat to the Turkish state. The clear disparity in economic growth and development between eater nans western Turkey has declined the Eastern part into deep crises. Many have analyzed the crisis and concluded different causes. The Eastern and Southeastern region of Turkey have been examined by world organizations and have been found to be greatly underdeveloped politically, socially, and most of all economically. Due to what some critics call misguided polices that are negligently implemented by the current government.

Conflicts and primary Security Threats

Before the current Syria exchange there has been little conflict Post Ottoman Empire. On December 21, 1963, serious violence erupted in Nicosia when a Greek Cypriot police patrol, ostensibly checking identification documents, stopped a Turkish Cypriot couple on the edge of the Turkish quarter. A hostile crowd gathered, shots were fired, and two Turkish Cypriots were killed. As the news spread, members of the underground organizations began firing and taking hostages. In the summer of 2006, Turkey mobilized military forces on the border to signal impatience with the continuing PKK presence in northern Iraq

Turkey’s modernization to current conditions in the Middle East has shaped its current policy to Primary Security Threats in significant ways. A general perspective on the Middle Eastern policy that Turkey has pursued in the last ten years will be presented by examining Turkey’s relations with four power blocs in the region: Israel, Iran, the Arab countries that are within Iran’s sphere of influence (Iraq, Syria and Lebanon) and finally the Arab countries which stand in opposition to Iran’s increasing dominance in the region (apart from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain). Evidently this categorization shows that the most significant factor in Turkish foreign policy making in the Middle East is the emergence of Iran’s regional play for dominance. Security and stability in this region is the top concern for Turkey. The guiding principle of Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East has been to advocate dialogue and mutual tolerance for the solution of the disputes between the Arabs and the Israelis and to stay out of any involvement in these disputes. Turkey regards the Middle East peace process as the most important and viable strategic concept for achieving stability in this region.Turkish position on Iraq and Kurdish Treats

The Republic of Turkey has a great deal invested in the success of Iraq. With a hostile Kurdish resistance that has stated it wants to create an independent state of Kurdistan. Such a state would create a national security threat to Turkey and it’s interest. The high priority that Turkey puts on Iraq’s territorial integrity stems mainly from its desire to thwart the emergence of an independent Iraqi Kurdish state that could serve as a model for separatist Turkish Kurds and a staging site for anti-Turkish terror. From 1984 to 1999, Turkey fought a war costing more than 30,000 lives against the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), mainly in southeast Turkey. In Interview with Massoud Barzani conducted by Nur Batur, “PKK will be Forces to Lay Down Its Arms,” Sabah, date not given, BBC Monitoring Middle East in August 2009,Massoud Barzani stated, “The PKK cannot maintain an armed struggle. The people will not support them.” He encouraged (Turkish) Kurds to demand their rights in a peaceful way, not through violence.

Past and present relationship with the US.

According to U.S. State Department designated the PKK as Foreign Terrorist Organization relations between Turkey and the United States are conducted within the framework of ‘enhanced partnership’. Turkey, in terms of global and regional politics, shares with the United States, a set of common strategic, security and economic interests which naturally draw the two countries still closer to one another. Turkey is actively seek to further enhance our relationship with the United States in a wide spectrum, and particularly, in the field of economic co-operation. International relationship has been with the United States since the end of the Second World War and the beginning of the Cold War. Turkey's association with the United States began in 1947 when the United States Congress designated Turkey, under the provisions of the Truman Doctrine, as the recipient of special economic and military assistance intended to help it resist threats from the Soviet Union.

According to Desmond Butler, “US: Turkey Must Demonstrate Commitment to West,” Associated Press, In late 2007, Turkey recalled its ambassador to the United States after the House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed a United States resolution on the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. This resulted in a delay of a full House vote on Res. 106. Speaker Pelosi has pledged to bring the resolution to a full vote, but pressure from the White House and Turkey has kept her from doing so. The current administration in its attempts to reset relations in the Middle East relationships and create peace through diplomatic ties and acknowledging the sovereignty of Middle Eastern nations including those who have a track record of supporting militant group. On April 22, 2009, shortly after Obama’s visit, Turkish and Armenian authorities formally announced a provisional roadmap for the normalization of diplomatic ties between the two states

June, Gordon admonished Turkey via an Associated Press interview. He stated, “We think Turkey remains committed to NATO, Europe, and the United States, but that needs to be demonstrated.... There are people asking questions about it in a way that is new, and that in itself is a bad thing that makes it harder for the United States to support some of the things that Turkey would like to see us support.”After the United Nations vote it was reported in the Irish Times, June 15, 2010. “Spurned by EU, Turkey goes it Alone as Regional Power Broker. “That Secretary of Defense Robert Gates blamed Europe for Turkey’s actions, saying, “If there’s anything to the notion that Turkey is moving eastward, it is in no small part because it was pushed by some in Europe refusing to give Turkey the kind of organic link to the West that Turkey sought” Gates closed with the statement that “We have to think long and about why these developments in Turkey (are occurring) and what we might be able to do to counter them and make the stronger linkages with the West more apparently of interest and value to Turkey’s leaders.”

The Current administration has worked diligently to bring this conflict to a close and provide support for the failing Iraqi army. The ISIS onslaught is supported by the stolen Tank armor that has been neutralized by the MQ Reaper drones fitted with the" Hellfire" anti tank armor ballistic. It is unknown if future air strikes are planned but it safe to say that A10 Thunderbolts and will likely be the weapons of choice and the United States and Republic of Turkey are dedicated to bringing this conflcit to a close.

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