Opinion The U.S. saved Kurds like me in Iraq. Now Trump is indifferent to our slaughter.

05:35  15 october  2019
05:35  15 october  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

The Kurdish solution that Trump won't dare contemplate

  The Kurdish solution that Trump won't dare contemplate Kurds have been staunch allies in America's struggle against ISIS. Without them, America would have paid a far steeper price in blood and treasure to defeat the brutal outfit. That's why President Trump's move to pull U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria and let Turkey move in and slaughter the Kurds there is being greeted with widespread revulsion. Trump has cut a deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he will hand over control of this region to Turkey so long as Turkey relieves America of the responsibility of taking care of captured ISIS soldiers and their families.

The U . S . save Kurds like me in Iraq . Now Trump ' s letting us be slaughtered in Rojava. My fellow Kurds and I are shocked at the indifference of the Trump administration toward its most reliable But in the case of Iraqi Kurds , in stark contrast to what’ s happening to our Syrian brethren, the U . S . over

Trump tweeted. " Now we are slowly & carefully bringing our great soldiers & military home. Our focus is on the BIG PICTURE!" Trump claimed he has stopped Erdogan from moving into Syria "from virtually the first day" he was in office. "They wanted to fight, and that ' s the way it is," Trump said.

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The Oct. 6 phone call between President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spelled disaster for Kurds in northern Syria. The Kurds have been the United States' strongest allies in the fight against the Islamic State militant group since 2014 and have controlled the most peaceful and democratic part of Syria, known as Rojava, since the start of its civil war in 2011. Even so, Trump tacitly gave a green light to Erdogan to launch a military invasion against the Kurds, which began days later.

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  The Latest: Erdogan says Turkey won't halt Syria offensive Turkey's president says his county "will not take a step back" from its offensive against Syrian Kurdish militants it sees as a national security threat, defying serious warnings from the United States and other Western nations. Syrian Arab and Kurdish civilians arrive to Tall Tamr after fleeing Turkish bombardment on the northeastern towns along the border on Oct. 10.

Now Trump is indifferent to our slaughter . The Times story refers to a senior official worryingly suggesting that other U . S . officials are cowed by fears of displeasing Turkey’ s increasingly authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the B61 bombs were now essentially Erdogan’ s hostages

Now Trump is indifferent to our slaughter ." During the Gulf War in 1991, Kurds in Iraq rose up against Hussein, freeing the Kurdish -dominated areas of the Exclusive: kurdish allies learned of trump ' S syria pullout on twitter: "we were like , 'What is this sh*t?'"

The Turkish military assault, which is backed by some Syrian rebel forces with questionable ties to the terror groups al-Qaeda and Jabhat al-Nusra, has already displaced over 130,000 Kurds, Arabs, Yazidis and Christians and killed at least 38 civilians and wounded hundreds more.

Ankara declared this war on Kurds under the pretext of "security concerns" along its border with Syria, claiming that the Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria are linked to the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) — which has been in conflict with Ankara for the last three decades and launched terror attacks in cities such as Istanbul. But there has never been an attack from the Kurdish-held territories in Syria into Turkey. On the contrary, Rojava has been a buffer zone preventing extremist fighters from launching attacks into Turkey and, on a larger scale, the European countries.

Leader of Syrian Kurds tells US "you are leaving us to be slaughtered"

  Leader of Syrian Kurds tells US The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces told a senior US diplomat, "You are leaving us to be slaughtered," demanding to know whether the US is going to do anything to protect Syrian Kurds as Turkey continues its military operation targeting America's Kurdish allies in Syria."You have given up on us. You are leaving us to be slaughtered," Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi told the Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, William Roebuck, in a meeting Thursday, according to an internal US government readout that has been obtained exclusively by CNN.

“ Now they are giving Iraq to Iran as a present,” he added. “ That ’ s as diplomatic as I can be.” Iran, which wields considerable influence in Baghdad, feared any move toward independence by the Kurds in Iraq would inflame separatist sentiments among its own Kurdish minority.

“ Kurds are our brothers. This struggle of ours is not against Kurds . Their presence has prompted 100,000 residents to flee south , according to United Nations estimates, and forced the evacuation of a major hospital in Tel Abyad that was run by Doctors Without Borders, an international medical charity.

For Kurds such as myself, watching the footage of Kurdish children being killed, wounded and displaced as a result of Trump giving Erdogan a free hand is not just heart-wrenching and deeply disappointing, it's also shocking. My fellow Kurds and I are shocked at the indifference of the Trump administration toward its most reliable partner in the fight against ISIS. And we are shocked at its indifference in giving up on the United States' most successful story in the world's most anti-American neighborhood — one Washington has devoted so many resources to protecting and nurturing over the last two decades.

I myself experienced the same terrifying scenes that we are witnessing in Syria — of carnage and destruction, of people fleeing violence on foot to reach safety in nearby mountains — when my own family was attacked in Iraq. Indeed, this experience of violent persecution is common among Kurds in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran, all places where Kurds have been forcibly divided and left stateless since European powers after World War I drew the borders for modern Middle East nations. But in the case of Iraqi Kurds, in stark contrast to what's happening to our Syrian brethren, the U.S. over the last three decades helped us escape the bloodshed.

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Syrian Kurd military leader: Leaving us to be slaughtered . Mazloum told Roebuck Thursday that "I've been holding myself for two days from going to the press and saying that America abandoned us and that I would like you to get out of our areas now so that I can invite Russian and regime planes

(R) US President Donald Trump ; (L) Kurds protesting against the military operation in northern Syria. Maybe those combat missions have ended for Turkey and Syria, but the Kurds who were previously resident as recently as two weeks ago in the aforementioned “Safe Zone” might disagree.

By the time I was 11, in 1991, I'd already become a refugee for the third time. We had fled to Iran in 1987 along with millions of other Kurds running away from brutal attacks by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. My family paid the Iraqi regime to guarantee our safe return the following year, only to experience the 1988 chemical attack in my hometown of Halabja. My grandfather and some two dozen members of my extended family were among the 5,000 killed, prompting us to head to Iran once again. The following year, we returned under a general amnesty Iraq offered those who had fled. But again, it was a short stay.

During the Gulf War in 1991, Kurds in Iraq rose up against Hussein, freeing the Kurdish-dominated areas of the country while the U.S.-led coalition drove the Iraqi army out of Kuwait. However, the Iraqi government's reprisals and attempt to recapture the Kurdish territories once the U.S. reached a ceasefire with Hussein triggered a mass exodus of Kurds to Iran, my family among them, and a severe humanitarian crisis similar to what's happening in Syria now.

U. S.-allied Kurds strike deal to bring Assad’s Syrian troops back into Kurdish areas

  U. S.-allied Kurds strike deal to bring Assad’s Syrian troops back into Kurdish areas The deal between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the government of President Bashar al-Assad further dimmed the prospect of continued U.S. presence in Syria.Hundreds of Islamic State family members escaped a detention camp after Turkish shellfire hit the area, U.S. troops pulled out from another base and Turkish-backed forces consolidated their hold over a vital highway, cutting the main U.S. supply route into Syria.

Now with President Trump building on that earlier failure, Russia and Iran may gain effective control Instead of conceding that Syria’ s Kurds are a threat to Turkey, he might have suggested using the The Times is committed to publishing a diversity of letters to the editor. We’d like to hear what you

The Kurds voted overwhelmingly for independence from Iraq in a referendum three weeks ago. Its forces have now beaten back existential challenges on two fronts, pushing the Islamic State out of major cities and retaking a critical oil region from the Kurds .

The humanitarian crisis prompted France, Britain and the United States to launch Operation Provide Comfort to establish a no-fly zone over the Iraqi Kurdistan Region later that year. The no-fly zone gave us a chance, for the first time in modern history, to build a peaceful enclave in northern Iraq with a functioning democratic government. During the Iraq War in 2003, Kurds continued the process of setting up an autonomous democracy in the north of the country. It has arguably been the United States' only case of successful state-building since Germany and Japan.

Similarly, in northeastern Syria, with very limited resources and a severe economic embargo by the Assad regime and Turkey, but with the assistance of the United States, Kurds established a diverse representational democracy based on gender equality. Kurdish women did not just enter the workforce of businesses and governing bodies but fought alongside American forces in battling ISIS. Rojava has had its shortcomings, including an elite that monopolizes political power, limits freedom of the press, engages in corruption and has rigged elections. But it was on its way to being another American success story in the heart of the Middle East.

Unfortunately, Turkey's military aggression risks not just destroying the democratic governing model for Syria that Kurds established, but also reversing all the gains made against ISIS. Since 2014, more than 11,000 Kurds in Syria gave their lives in this effort, as well as more fighting Islamic extremism in Iraq. This prevented many American casualties because the U.S. mostly provided training and material support while the Kurds went to the front lines.

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In my hometown of Halabja, according to NGOs I met with on a visit there, more than 50 Kurdish fighters lost their lives defending our freedom, including some of my school friends whose posters hang at the gate of the town at this very moment. Among Rojava's approximately 2 million Kurds, almost every family has lost someone or known someone who has died combating extremists.

The Kurds in Syria took up the fight against ISIS since it posed a threat not just to their existence but to their way of life. They knew that allying with the United States against Islamic extremism in this treacherous environment would mean that, if abandoned, these Kurds would be slaughtered by Turkey and other regional powers. The Kurds did this not out of naivety but out of a deep-rooted belief that our cultural values of peaceful coexistence, freedom, women's rights and democracy are closely aligned; therefore, the United States and democratic countries would at minimum protect us from Turkey, which has long wanted to neutralize the power of the Kurds.

But there is no justification for staying silent about the unfolding humanitarian crisis created by Ankara killing and displacing us. The president of the United States has a responsibility to stop Turkey from slaughtering the same Kurds who helped Washington defeat ISIS and make the world a safer place for everyone.

Trump says longtime allies the Kurds are 'not angels,' says Turkey's invasion of Syria 'not our problem' .
Donald Trump dismissed U.S.-allied Kurds as "not angels" as he scrambled to respond to global condemnation over the Turkey-Syria conflict.People in Rome, Italy protest the ongoing Turkish military operation in northern Syria against Kurdish forces.

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