Alliances between Turkey, Russia and Iran reportedly have administration officials worried and burning the mid-night oil in Washington.
The commonality for Turkey and Iran is the Kurdish North in Iraq. Iran had been shelling areas in the North for months and now allegedly Turkey is using their artillery as well. Turkey is reported to be extremely active in helping Iran with logistics, training and personnel against the Kurds.
Muqtada al-Sadr has been invited to meet with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to discuss ways to destabilize Iraq’s government and to re-start an offensive against US Forces.
Russia’s Putin is currently in Iran for diplomatic and economic talks and has made veiled threats against the West’s plans regarding the Caspian Sea oil pipeline. Negotiations are on-going for continued arms sales and direct warnings from Putin to former USSR regional states to stay out of what some see as an eventual strike by the US.
It seems that the commonality that once existed between the US and Turkey has evaporated over the last several months. Perhaps, after all is said and done Turkey was hoping for a well publicized excuse to recall their ambassador when the Genocide Bill was passed in committee. We’ll see.
The region is getting more complicated by the day and Russia and Iran are lovin’ it! Russia will make billions in arms sales and hope for a diminished US influence in the region (which IS occurring) and Iran will seek to destroy all that has been accomplished with the Surge in Iraq.