The US and France will do what­ever is nec­es­sary to pro­tect and sup­port the Kurds

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - Saadula Aqrawi

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama au­tho­rized tar­geted airstrikes to pro­tect Kurds and help the Pesh­merga.

The US and France will do what­ever is nec­es­sary to pro­tect and sup­port the Kurds now they are in dan­ger. Dozens of Amer­i­can con­sular staff and mil­i­tary ad­vis­ers work­ing with the Pesh­merga in Er­bil. The US di­rected the mil­i­tary to carry out tar­geted strikes against Is­lamist mil­i­tants should they move to­wards Er­bil.

France is highly con­cerned about the lat­est progress of ISIS in the north, and the United States is con­sid­er­ing emer­gency air drops to help thou­sands of stranded Yazidi refugees, and also is weigh­ing other mil­i­tary op­tions.

The US now faces ur­gent chal­lenges to con­firm the strate­gic long- term part­ner­ship be­tween US and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. It must pro­tect and sup­port the Kurds and help arm the Pesh­merga.

The US needs to sup­ply the ur­gent hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tances for thou­sands of refugees to pre­vent the geno­cide of the Yazidis and to stop ISIS from con­tin­u­ing to con­quer swaths of land in the Mid­dle East.

A huge hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis is emerg­ing with mi­nor­ity groups fac­ing pos­si­ble slaugh­ter and star­va­tion. The ISIS has tar­geted mem­bers of nu- mer­ous mi­nor­ity groups in Iraq, in­clud­ing Chris­tians, Yazidis, Turk­men and Shabaks.

The Kurds need co­or­di­na­tion, air sup­port, and lo­gis­ti­cal help from the US. A pow­er­ful ISIS at­tacks the Kur­dish Pesh­merga units. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment>s forces are fully en­gaged. The United States should cer­tainly sup­port its historic al­lies in this fight. The US army has fought along­side the Pesh­merga in the past and can pro­vide ur­gently needed as­sis­tance again. Weapon de­liv­er­ies could be part of this ef­fort, in par­tic­u­lar, an­ti­tank rock­ets, ar­mored ve­hi­cles …etc.

Bomb­ing the ISIS posi- tions would help the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and save the Yazidis. Sup­port­ing the Kurds is key to suc­cess on both counts. The ISIS has re­ceived fi­nan­cial and pro­pa­ganda sup­port from the Is­lamist rad­i­cals move­ments. They are backed by the Saudi Ara­bia and other coun­tries in the re­gion. There are some rem­nants of Sad­dam’s regime among the ter­ror­ists. The Arab tribes be­lieve that they have a chance to carve out a purely Arab Sunni state. More­over, the As­sad regime seems to have ben­e­fit­ted from the ISIS pres­ence in Syria. But that is no ev­i­dence that As­sad is re­spon­si­ble for ei­ther the group’s cre­ation or its clashes with fel­low rebel or­ga­ni­za­tions. The regime of al-As­sad is work­ing with al Qaeda in order to di­vide the Syr­ian op­po­si­tion. The ar­gu­ment that they are in ca­hoots finds fer­tile soil be­cause it is ob­vi­ous that the As­sad regime ben­e­fits from the pres­ence of ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other ji­hadists in Syria.

Some Amer­i­cans be­lieve that the U.S. re­spon­si­bil­ity is only to pro­tect its own cit­i­zens and that Wash­ing­ton should deal with other gov­ern­ments on that ba­sis alone. Af­ter the Sec­ond World War, the United States had come to con­sider the Mid­dle East a re­gion most strate­gi­cally im­por­tant area of the world. One of the great­est ma­te­rial prizes in the world his­tory. It was not un­til around the pe­riod of the World War II that Amer­ica be­came di­rectly in­volved in the Mid­dle East re­gion. At this time the re­gion was go­ing through great so­cial, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal changes and as a re­sult in­ter­nally the Mid­dle East was in tur­moil. Po­lit­i­cally, the Mid­dle East was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an up­surge in the pop­u­lar­ity of na­tion­al­is­tic pol­i­tics and an in­crease in the num­ber of na­tion­al­is­tic po­lit­i­cal groups across the re­gion. The US se­na­tor, Sam Zakhem, said that although the US had made many mis­takes in Iraq, the Kurds will achieve a bright fu­ture as long as they stay united.

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