In order for the US and its corporations to control the resources of the Middle East and the routes needed to get them to market, they partition the people. The Kurds have been used as a partitioning tool in that region because their statelessness has made them vulnerable to anyone powerful enough to promise them their own state. Israel has been making use of them since the 1960s. (Partitioning means the process of causing strife between different religions and ethnicities.) This could explain Putin’s willingness to let Turkey attack the Kurds in Afrin, however I think there is a darker reason. The US plans to have the Saudis rebuild much of northeastern Syria.
Though the US initially allied itself with the Kurds in northeastern Syria, opposition from Turkey has led Washington to focus more on working with Arabs in the area, particularly those allied with or formerly part of Saudi-allied Wahhabi groups, in order to create a Saudi-controlled enclave that could be used to destabilize government-controlled areas of Syria for years to come. The area is set to become much like the Idlib province, which is also essentially an enclave for Wahhabi terrorists.
The US plan to create a Wahhabi enclave in northeast Syria was directly referenced in a Defense Intelligence Agency report from 2012.
The plan to partition Iraq was drafted by Vice President Dick Cheney and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. It was to be divided into sectarian statelets of Muslim Sunnis, Muslim Shi’as and ethnic Kurds. The destruction and partitioning of Iraq was to eliminate the possibility of an anti-American government because the capital would be in Amman, Jordan, and Iran and Syria would be isolated from each other.
The Iraqi Kurds have benefitted from the West’s policies more than other group. They get a share of oil and gas profits produced in the region. As of 2015 their share was in excess of $10 million every month. During the Bush and Obama administrations it was mostly corporate actors that took steps toward creating an independent state within Iraq, controlled by the US-allied Kurds. As of 2017 the area of Syria controlled by the US-backed Kurds and connected to the Kurdish state in Iraq made a larger independent Kurdistan more feasible.
Trump has been more open about the partition of Iraq than other presidents, probably because of the presence of people like Rex Tillerson in his administration. In 2011 ExxonMobil brokered an oil deal with the Kurdistan region that bypassed Iraq’s central government. Other corporations, including Chevron and Gazprom, followed Exxon’s lead. By 2014 more than 80 foreign corporations had struck deals with Kurdistan. Surprisingly Turkey buys significant amounts of gas and oil from the Iraqi Kurds. Turkey’s ruling party has even said that they have a right to self-autonomy.
The State Department’s recent willingness to openly consider the partitioning of Iraq is probably also due to Ali Khedery, a former Pentagon official who served in the US coalition authority in Iraq and a former ExxonMobil executive. Khedery is founder of Dragoman Ventures, a firm connected to the Committee to Destroy ISIS. The Committee’s executive director is Sam Patten, who has connections to members of Trump’s campaign and transition teams, as well as to Iraqi oligarchs suspected of having ties to US intelligence and insurgent elements in Iraq.
Syria’s Kurdistan exports its oil to Iraq’s Kurdistan where it is refined and sold to Turkey. It’s likely that the same foreign companies that work with the Kurds in Iraq are developing the oil trade of Syria. That would probably include Gazprom.
The Syrian Kurds have been in a precarious position at least since 2012. But considering who their business partners are, there are no guarantees for the Kurds in Iraq either.
Sources: How the US Occupied the 30% of Syria Containing Most Of its Oil, Water and Gas by Whitney Webb. Resource Wars, April 16, 2018. Available here
ExxonMobil, Kochs, Israel Pushing Washington to Partition Iraq and Syria by Whitney Webb. Global Research, August 14, 2017. Available here