Turkey is helping contain Iran by encircling its sphere of influence
Though Turkey’s regional strategy doesn’t directly aim to encircle Iran and its proxies, it ultimately achieves this as an advantageous byproduct.
After the US invasion of Iraq, Iran took advantage of the shifting geopolitics of the Middle East and established a so-called ‘Shia Crescent’ stretching from Tehran to Beirut. While the threat it poses towards Israel and Gulf states are acknowledged by many, it also poses a threat to Turkey, tilting the centuries-old balance between both nations in favour of Iran.
Turkey has tried to fight back and supported anti-Iran forces in Syria and elsewhere. However, with the war in Syria calming down, Ankara is now taking the competition…