Mideast – Turkey and Persia.

Empiresmideast

Around 1700 AD. Turkey, Iran and India.

This is from last week, but it’s an important lead to follow. The old regional powers of Ottomans and Persians are joining forces to quell the Kurdish PKK fighters in the Middle East, possibly building new alliances and bustling up old rivalries. There could very quickly become tensions and conflicting set of interests between the two.

From Al-Jazeera:

Turkey and Iran have vowed to collaborate in their fight against Kurdish fighters, as thousands of Turkish troops resumed their air and ground offensive against the armed groups in northern Iraq for a second day.

The foreign ministers of the two countries announced plans to co-operate against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Iranian wing, the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) during a joint news conference held in Ankara on Friday.

[..] “From now on, we will work together in a joint action plan until this terrorist threat is totally eliminated,” Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, said.

Full story.

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