Panorama of the week: Significant developments in Suwayda,Turkey's continued blackmail of Baghdad

Developments in Suwayda, Syria, witnessed a qualitative shift after a demonstrator was killed by Damascus government forces, while the Iranians voted for an ineffective parliament amid minimal participation, while Turkey placed unfair demands on Iraq, represented by participating in the war against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, and giving initial privileges to Turkish companies. In exchange for solving the water problem.

Panorama of the week: Significant developments in Suwayda,Turkey's continued blackmail of Baghdad
3 March 2024   07:04

Over the past week, Arab newspapers touched on developments in As-Suwayda, Syria, in addition to the Iranian elections, in addition to the situation in Iraq.

Suwayda movement confuses Assad’s authority amid warnings that worse is coming

Starting with the Syrian issue, and in this context, Al-Arab newspaper saw that the situation in Suwayda in southern Syria is heading towards further escalation, with the fall of the first demonstrator since the start of the popular anti-Damascus movement about six months ago, and in light of international warnings that worse is coming in Syria.

The protests in Suwayda pose a major challenge to Bashar al-Assad, who was betting that ignoring them might lead to their decline over time, but the protesters showed remarkable steadfastness while developing their forms of movement, which are no longer limited to demonstrating in Karama Square in the center of the city, as they have recently extended to government institutions. .

Iranians vote for an (ineffective) parliament... and the participation rate is kept secret

Regarding the Iranian elections, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper believed that in an election whose results will not affect foreign policy or the dispute with the West over the nuclear program, the Iranians cast their votes on Friday to choose a new parliament, with limited powers.

Many saw these elections as the first clear test of the popularity of the religious establishment in Iran, after massive protests shook the country a year and a half ago, following the death of the young woman Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the morality police.

Unfair Turkish demands complicate Iraqi efforts to solve the water problem

Regarding the Turkish movements in Iraq, Al-Arab newspaper quoted sources as saying that some of the conditions and demands put forward by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in return for simply agreeing to a simple increase in water releases from the two rivers (Euphrates and Tigris) towards Iraqi territory seemed unfair and unacceptable.

Among these demands are the direct involvement of the Iraqi forces in fighting the Kurdistan Workers' Party, and making Turkish companies the first concessionary holder in completing the joint development road project with the Iraqi side, and in investing in it later.

T/ Satt.