With unified Kurdish forces helping break the siege of Mount Sinjar, are we moving closer to Kurdish independence?by Michael Goldfarb / August 14, 2014 / Leave a comment
Things are moving at top speed in northern Iraq/Kurdistan. A week ago the marauding Islamic State militants were rampant in the region and talk of genocide filled the air. The Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were in retreat, and tens of thousands of the minority religious group the Yazidis were trapped on Mount Sinjar near the Syrian border.
Now, according to the most recent report in the New York Times, the siege of Mount Sinjar is broken. A mere 24 hours after “dozens” of marines and special forces arrived near the mountain, only hundreds of Yazidis are left stranded. How did this happen? There weren’t that many US airstrikes against the jihadists.
Much credit has to go to the PKK, the Turkish Peshmerga fighters. Peshmerga is a Kurdish word that means “those who face death” and is used for any Kurdish fighting band, regardless of country of origin. Throughout the frenzied days of last week, as Iraqi Peshmerga abandoned territory to IS—more territory than the jihadists with a mere 15,000 troops and no administrative corps could possibly occupy—persiste…