Obama’s State­ment dis­si­pates wor­ries in Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Af­ter U.S. Pres­i­dent Bar­rack Obama made a State­ment on the Cri­sis in Iraq, peo­ple in Kur­dis­tan re­gained their trust on the U.S. govern­ment. In a state­ment ad­dress­ing the cur­rent cri­sis in Iraq, Pres­i­dent Obama an­nounced that he au­tho­rized two op­er­a­tions in the coun­try -- «tar­geted airstrikes to pro­tect our Amer­i­can per­son­nel, and a hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­fort to help save thou­sands of Iraqi civil­ians who are trapped on a moun­tain with­out food and wa­ter and fac­ing al­most cer­tain death.»

Although Obama re­fused to give a time limit on Amer­ica> s re­newed mil­i­tary in­volve­ment in Iraq, the in­volve­ment still means a lot to Kur­dish peo­ple. Be­fore his state­ment some peo­ple thought Kurds have re­mained help­less with no sup­port­ers es­pe­cially af­ter thou­sands of Yezidi Kurds from Shin­gal and sur­round­ing vil­lages have taken shel­ter on a moun­tain, flee­ing the cap­ture of their town by mil­i­tants of the Is­lamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS).

The death toll among thou­sands of Yezidi civil­ians on Shin­gal moun­tain was ris­ing ev­ery minute with dead bod­ies ly­ing ev­ery­where among the rocks. The chil­dren and elderly who have died were so many.

“Thanks for God the di- lemma in Shin­gal Moun­tain is close to end. At the begin­ning I won­dered as to in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ties and the U.S. govern­ment was not tak­ing ac­tion. But now I feel much bet­ter,” said Be­war Edo, a 33- year old Yezidi man

Edo also said “The idea that can be in­ferred from Obama’s state­ment is that Kurds are right and ISIS is wrong. ISIS is not only a threat on Kurds but it is in­ter­na­tional threat,”

Ear­lier last week, the speaker of Kur­dis­tan’s par­lia­ment Yousif Muham­mad said that the war with the Is­lamic state is a war against ter­ror­ism. He said fight­ing ter­ror­ism is a global war and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity must help the Kur­dis­tan Re- gion,” Muham­mad said to re­porters af­ter vis­it­ing the Mir (Chief) of the Yezidis in the town of Shekhan.

Some peo­ple think the U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion took ac­tion lately be­cause the democrats are dif­fer­ent repub­li­cans.

“The democrats do not like re­solve prob­lems and is­sues via mil­i­tary in­volve­ment, they think di­a­logues are bet­ter mech­a­nisms. But in this sit­u­a­tion di­a­logue with ISIS did not work,” said Dyar Majeed, a Kur­dish jour­nal­ist

In Majeed’s view, Kurds have to thank the U.S. govern­ment and all the other coun­tries that have shown their readi­ness to sup­port Kur­dis­tan and this can be done through get­ting united and fight­ing en­e­mies all to­gether.

U.S. mil­i­tary jets launched sev­eral airstrikes Fri­day on iso­lated tar­gets, in­clud­ing two mor­tar po­si­tions and a ve­hi­cle con­voy. U.S. officials an­nounced Fri­day night the sec­ond air­drop of food and wa­ter in as many days for the im­per­iled refugees.

Kur­dish sources also re­it­er­ated that the US air cam­paign against ISIS po­si­tions had be­gun at 2 a.m. lo­cal time. They said the po­si­tions hit were in Gwer and Makhmour in Nin­eveh province, where the Pesh­merga have en­gaged the Is­lamists for days in in­tense fight­ing.

Sir­wan Barzani, a Kur­dish com­man­der in Makhmour, said that US fighter jets had ac­cu­rately struck ISIS ar­tillery po­si­tions that were pound­ing Pesh­merga forces near Gwer.

Kur­dish forces have held back ISIS ad­vances near Gwer, west of Er­bil, in in­tense clashes for the past sev­eral days.

Af­ter hear­ing the US air cam­paign against ISIS, peo­ple in the Kur­dish cap­i­tal city of Er­bil ex­pressed their happy feel­ings and spread in the pub­lic place to cel­e­brate.

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