Obama’s Statement dissipates worries in Kurdistan
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.