Turkey spoiled the game in Syria; terrorist groups’ brotherhood was exposed

By: Yasin Aktay*

The operation Turkey conducted on Daesh in Jarabulus, a city in Syria near the Turkish border, might be a little late, yet it was a necessary step to take. Turkey is now a country that has been sieged, inside and out, by terror organizations. Turkey’s enemies are talking through and trying to affect politics through these terrorist groups without disclosing themselves. The terrorist groups are carrying out attacks one after another; thus, our country has been under the threat of terror for years. We were struggling against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), Workers and Peasants’ Liberation Army of Turkey (TİKKO) and the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP), with Daesh and the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) also joining them now.

It is as if they are responding to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s “you can all come at once” call. As they come forward, their differences disappear. The similarities between their attacks, timing and rhythm indicate that they are directed from one center and work in full cooperation.

Every time I say this, our know-it-all intellectuals call my analysis ability superficial. They scold, saying, “How can you not differentiate between them.” Well, if that is what they really want, I will do so. But I will make this distinction in order to tar them with the same brush, not to legitimize one over another.

While Turkey starts an operation on Daesh in Jarabulus, the PKK’s Syrian wing, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) starts to react. Salih Muslim, the leader of the PYD terror organization, said, “Syria will be a swamp for Turkey” after Turkey’s Jarabulus move. What is this sympathy the PYD has toward Daesh? Why are they so upset about Daesh being targeted? What kind of a relationship do the two terror organizations have that can actually cause Muslim to throw himself in front of the cannons in defense of Daesh?

The relation between the PYD and Daesh is rather clear when looking at the scenario written for them by their superior mind. Daesh will run and the PYD will try and stop them according to this scenario. We all saw how Daesh withdrew from Manbij and Tal Abyad. First of all, Daesh will be portrayed as a blood-thirsty terrorist group, then the PYD will come into the area with the support of the coalition and save the cities from Daesh and thus become the hero of the region.

In the meantime, the real ethnic cleansing of the Arabs and the Turkmens will be done through the PYD using Kurds in the region. This will then lead to there being no one else left in the region other than the “hero” PYD terrorists, who supposedly saved the region from Daesh. This means that the U.S. would have handed over an area to the PYD, where the PYD has no sociological presence, with the support of heavy weapons and air reinforcement.

The same scenario was about to be staged by the same actors in Jarabulus just before Turkey entered the region. Daesh was preparing to leave the region to the PYD. This is exactly what Muslim was crying over. Turkey had just thrown cold water over their applecart (which they had been preparing with Daesh and the coalition forces.) Daesh and the PYD were getting along very well. They had already occupied Turkey with the FETÖ members in the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

Now a whole applecart was upset. Turkey had entered Jarabulus, an area which Daesh had been preparing for the PYD for the last two years. As if that wasn’t enough, it now wants Manbij and Tal Abyad, too, and announced that it will not tolerate an ethnic PYD state on the border. Let them think about the rest. It is clear that July 15 was a part of these plans. If the coup attempt was successful, the PYD corridor would have been completed, and a PYD terrorist state would be founded on the 970-kilometer border line of Turkey and Syria within the trust of the FETÖ generals in the TSK.


The U.S.’s carelessness in supporting the PYD, the Syrian wind of the PKK terrorist organization, does not in any way comply with the law of being allies. When you add to the equation the U.S.’s support to FETÖ during the coup attempt, it seems that the U.S. is present whenever there is a terrorist attack on Turkey. Frankly speaking, the only issue between Turkey and the U.S. is not FETÖ leader Fetullah Gülen’s extradition from the U.S. – where he has been living in self-imposed exile. Gülen is not just a simple figure residing in the U.S. He has the opportunity to run in the highest level in the U.S. with his organization, his rules and personnel. His militants, associations and lobby groups have the power to influence U.S. politics. At this point, we can ironically ask: why doesn’t the U.S. give the same support to Daesh and al-Qaida?

The U.S. is giving the same kind of support to the PYD terrorist organization too. The PYD, the PKK’s Syria branch controlling the border, is providing an abundant amount of militants and weapons to the PKK with the support of the U.S. Turkey is paying the price of the U.S.’s hypocrite distinction between the PKK and the PYD, as the U.S. continues to support the PYD under the pretext of fighting Daesh. The ally the U.S. has chosen to fight against Daesh is committing terrorist attacks in Turkey every day and taking many innocent lives. Little does the U.S. know that this situation is taking away its credibility and reliability. Trust toward the U.S. in our country is probably at a historical low right now. No matter how much the U.S. waves the anti-terror flag, the Turkish public strongly believes that the July 15 coup attempt was backed by the U.S. and that it is continuing to support terrorism.

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While coming to the end of my column, I would like to add that some small-minded people perceived my statement that “the PKK and Daesh are equal,” as an attempt to acquit Daesh. I really fail to understand how they can find any logic behind this. Everyone knows what we feel about the inhumane PKK terror organization. How can believing that both are worse than the other be perceived as an attempt to acquit the latter? Obviously, the PKK is not as bad as Daesh for this group, and they are trying to clear the PKK’s name in the process. Since it is not possible to understand their mentality without thinking like them, all I can say is: to hell with their mentality and sympathy.

*Yasin Aktay is the vice chair of the ruling Justice and Development (AK Party) in Turkey.

(Published in Yeni Şafak Turkısh newspaper on Saturday, August 27, 2016)