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Briefing on recent Turkish-Iranian tensions

Briefing on recent Turkish-Iranian tensions


The recent war of words between Turkey and Iran parallels their simmering proxy conflict, whose intensity is steadily increasing as the two vie for regional influence.

  • Iran’s thinly veiled threats to Turkey’s presence in Iraq and Syria, met with an unflinching response from Turkey, comes as an emboldened Iran seeks to curb Turkey’s ambition.
  • Turkey fears Iran’s expanding influence will damage its influence and routes to its partners, while Iran sees Turkey as an obstacle to its plans.
  • The collapse of the Islamic State presents an opportunity to both countries to fulfil their respective visions in Iraq and Syria, and thus their competition is set to intensify.

Iran and Turkey have been exchanging veiled threats in recent weeks as their regional competition intensifies. The exchange began with an advisor to Iran’s leader saying that Turkish forces should leave Iraq and Syria. This was met with speeches from…

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23 February 2017

Photo credit: Pars Herald




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