After making Jalal Talabani’s Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) an ally, Iran has extended its influence to the PKK in recent years. Quds Force Commander Kassem Sulaimani, whose name needs no introduction to Turkish people, dictates Iran’s PKK and Kurdish policies. Sulaimani has held a number of meetings with PKK leaders in the Qandil area in Iraq and is currently focusing his attention on Rojawa.

Iran, playing vital role in the formation of an alliance between the PKK and the PUK, is also trying to undermine Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) because of its good relations with Turkey. While holding meetings to pick the next leader of the PUK because Jalal Talabani’s health is not improving, Tehran is also trying to exert greater pressure upon Turkey through an alliance with the PUK, the PKK and the PYD.

Cumali Önal – 2-3-2014