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The sufferings of Kurds in Iraq and Syria tells stories of back stabbing and persecution in the hands of people of their own faith!

Minorities may complain on many things in India, but they need to agree on a point that, they are living here since centuries and have never faced persecution like their brotherhood is facing by the hands of people of their own faith.

If anyone is feeling ‘insecure’ must look into the lives of kurds and uighurs.

Pakistan Prime minister Imran Khan’s support for Turkish incursion into Syria, which will negatively impact the native Muslim Kurds comes at a time when the Pakistani PM has been repeatedly accusing India of “torturing” Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir and “violating their rights” after the Centre abrogated the state of its special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.I

mran Khan made a telephone call to President RecepTayyip Erdogan regarding the recent developments. Pakistan Government official Twitter handle says, he conveyed that, like always, Pakistan stands in full support and solidarity with Turkey.

This is obvious, Pakistan was formed by those Islamic leaders who took out Khilafat movement in support to preserve the authority of Ottoman Caliphate.

The Kurds in Syria practice Islam and had recaptured swathes of northeastern Syria from Islamic State with the backing of the United States but are now facing invasion by Turkey into their territory now that US President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw his troops from Syria.

Meanwhile,

Syrian Envoy to India Dr. Riad Abbas while speaking to media in New Delhi: ‘There is no Arab Spring. There is only Islamic black winter. Turkish aggression has killed many people.’ The envoy had briefed the Indian Government last week about aggression by Turkey on Syria.

Turkish forces prepare to move against the Kurds last week after the US withdrew troops from the area.

Donald Trump has given the green light for a Turkish invasion of Kurdish territory. He’s not the first US leader to turn his back on this ethnic group.

The old Kurdish proverb is quoted so often that it would be unoriginal if it were not so true. An ethnic minority of about 30 million people spread across the Middle East, the Kurds have “no friends but the mountains”, they say. The aphorism proved itself again this week.

The Kurds, the fourth-largest ethnic group in the region, have been campaigning for their own state since the late 1800s.

In the dismemberment of the Ottoman empire that followed the first world war, they saw their chance. The boundaries of a possible Kurdistan were considered in the negotiations after the 1918 armistice, but after Turkey fought back, the French and British tore up those plans and divided Kurdish-inhabited lands between Turkey, Iraq and Syria.

A short-lived Kurdish kingdom inside modern-day Iraq was crushed by 1924 with the assistance of the British.

Last week’s decision by the White House not to stand in the way of Turkish invasion builds on a bitter history of Kurds being embraced, then spurned by American administrations going back to 1975.

That year, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein made a surprise peace deal with the Shah of Iran. American guns and money that had been flowing to the Kurdish peshmerga forces fighting Hussein were abruptly cut off. The Iraqi dictator’s army promptly counterattacked the stranded Kurdish fighters.

By the 1980s, the Americans viewed Hussein more favourably. The Ronald Reagan administration continued supporting his war against the now-Islamic Republic of Iran even as his soldiers gassed and bombed Kurdish communities in a campaign that Iraqi courts have now recognised as a genocide. A chemical weapons attack in the northern city of Halabja in March 1988 killed up to 5,000 people, mostly civilians.

In 1990 Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait turned him back into an American enemy. A US-led force pushed Iraq out of Kuwait and the George Bush administration encouraged Iraq’s Shiites and Kurds to rise up against Hussein’s regime.

Iraq’s southern uprising was crushed, but resistance in the north, followed by the imposition of a no-fly zone by western forces led by a UK initiative, allowed the creation of an autonomous Kurdish zone which became an autonomous republic. This ultimately failed as they got no US support and were routed when the Iraqi army regrouped

In the chaos of the Syrian civil war, Kurdish fighters took control of key cities from the Syrian army, and defended them from Islamic State when the group began to expand after 2014.

The US, desperate for a reliable ally in Syria, assisted the Kurdish fight against IS with air strikes and, eventually, money and weapons. Turkey watched the budding alliance with increasing alarm.

After last week’s phone call with the Turkish president RecepTayyipErdoğan, Trump surprised the world – and many in his own administration – by announcing US troops would stand aside, effectively allowing the Turkish army to enter north-eastern Syria and clear the border areas of the Kurdish fighters that Ankara considers to be terrorists, and who until a few days ago were the US’s staunchest allies in the fight against IS.

The British and the Americans have been playing this game since a long time. They did the same here in India. But with the change if political scenario in India, they have now got to know that the present political leadership of India is not naive to play into their hands.

The struggle of Kurds and Turkey’s offensive should be an eye opener for even the so called minority in India.

When Mohan Bhagawat said Muslims are safest in India, he really meant it. Look at Kurds and Uighurs if one needs example for otherwise.


Dr. Sindhu Prashanth

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