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Who are the #Kurds? Why should overthrow of Govt of #Syria be their objective? Are they on a quest for #Kurdistan or are they just pawns in the game of geopolitical players? What are the implications of the Turkish #OperationPeaceSpring for #India?
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In 1973 President Richard Nixon & Secretary of State Henry Kissinger instigated a CIA #Kurdish uprising in #Iraq against #SaddamHussein. The US walked away from the rebellion when Saddam and the Shah of #Iran settled their differences, leaving the #Kurds to face their own fate.
In addition to political disagreements and rivalries, tensions between the two dominant Iraqi #Kurdish political parties, the #Kurdistan Democratic Party #KDP and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan #PUK escalated to a civil war that killed more than 2,000 #Kurds in the mid-1990s.
It was under Operation Timber Sycamore that the CIA along with intelligence agencies of 15 countries not just funded, armed and trained the #Kurds but also the #ISIS terrorists whom they claimed the Kurds were fighting.
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German reporters uncovered that the weapons pledged by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to the #Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to fight #Daesh ultimately found their way directly in the hands of #ISIS terrorists, the issue was then raised in the Parliament.
The #Kurdish #PKK is one of a growing number of terrorist organizations with significant stakes in the international drug trade. The US Treasury Department has added three PKK/Kongra-Gel senior leaders to its list of foreign narcotics traffickers.
The #Kurdish #PKK is also engaged in kidnapping of minors The Bockum family was the first in the region who put up a tent near their home to start a sit-in protest, challenging the PKK and demanding that it return their son.
Entire Middle Eastern conflict can be summarized in the curious case of Joe Robinson. He joined British military when he was 18 and toured #Afghanistan with Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment in 2012. Here he is seen holding his weapon (left) with his #YPG fighters holding #ISIS flag.
"Instead of eliminating terrorists US & #SDF entered into collusion with ringleaders of #ISIS and diverted them to the provinces where the Syrian government forces were active" - Sergey Surovikin, Commander of Russian forces in #Syria
The first official acknowledgment that Jerusalem had provided aid to #Kurds dates back to 1980 when Prime Minister Menachem Begin disclosed that Israel had supported Kurds “during their uprising against Iraqis in 1965 to 1975” and that the United States was aware of this fact.
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