What is taking place in Iraqi Kurdistan should be an embarrassment to the United States of America. While the Kurds were useful in the war against ISIS, they received plenty of support from the US, along with promises they would respect their autonomy in the region.
But, since ISIS has been reduced to less than a shadow of its former self, the Iraqi Kurds have been hung out to dry. Now, it could go beyond losing their autonomy, it could cost them their lives on a grand scale, including for Kurds in Syria.
The Iraqi Forces, with an Iranian Militia working with them, are threatening to seal the border between Iraq and Syria, the result of which could lead to the deaths of thousands in Syria. warns Doctors without Borders. But, the little people are expendable, the politicians and the generals, however, are not (so long as they’re OUR politicians and OUR generals).
So far, other than some tepid complaints, the US has done nothing to aid their former allies and appear to be not the least concerned that Iraq might seal the border and cause thousands to perish.
From Kurdistan 24
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Thousands of people could die should the border between Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) and Iraqi Kurdistan, namely the Fayish Khabur crossing, become inaccessible to humanitarian groups, Doctors Without Borders warned on Saturday.
Ties between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Federal Government of Iraq have considerably deteriorated following the Sep. 25 referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region.
Iranian-backed Shia Hashd al-Shaabi (PMF) militia along with Iraqi Forces have since then launched military assaults over the past two weeks on the region with the aim to control areas northwest of Mosul and advance on the Turkish border.
The international border crossing with Turkey, however, is part of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region. It’s also adjacent to the Rojava border, where the Iraqi forces are attempting to control the Faysh Khabur gate into Syria.