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Kurds in Syria have already suffered ‘too much,’ says Barzani

By Rudaw 20/12/2018
Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Masoud Barzani. File photo: Rudaw
Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Masoud Barzani. File photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said he is concerned about the security and future of Kurds in Syria after the US shocked its allies, announcing a premature withdrawal from the war against ISIS. 

"The recent events and development in Syria, typically the condition of Kurdish nation in that country, are concerning,” he said in a published statement on Thursday. 

Barzani, who has maintained close ties with international dignitaries after stepping down from the post of president of the Kurdistan Region late last year, said he has made known his concerns about the future of Kurds in Syria. 

Barzani met with US special envoy to the war against ISIS Brett McGurk earlier this week and raised this issue with him. 

“It should have not reached to this point,” he stated on Thursday, adding that Kurds in Syria have suffered “too much.”

“A great number of Kurdish people in Syria have been displaced. The Daesh [ISIS] terrorist attacks, unstable political situation, and other threats of previous years have harmed Syrian Kurds too much,” he said, pointing out the war against ISIS is still not over. 

"I hope that the recent events and developments do not lead to violence and deteriorated war. Also let the Kurdish people and nation in Syria no longer experience miseries," he concluded. 

Barzani, as head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), has had an antagonistic relationship with the ruling Kurdish party in northern Syria. He supports the political opposition in Rojava and has condemned some policies of the ruling administration across the border. 

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recently rejected an offer to deploy the KDP-backed Roj Peshmerga to bolster defences in Rojava. 

Despite their disputes, the two sides famously united to give ISIS its first major defeat in the city of Kobane when Peshmerga from the Kurdistan Region fought alongside the Syrian Kurdish forces.

The security of northern Syria is again at risk after US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday he is pulling American soldiers out of Syria. In addition to battling ISIS, the US troops were also a bulwark between their Kurdish allies and fellow NATO member Turkey, which is threatening an offensive against the Kurds. 

Kurdish forces on the ground have warned that the US withdrawal will negatively affect the war on ISIS and wider regional peace. 

The militants are still going strong, said SDF media officer Mustafa Bali. 


Kurdish unity | 20/12/2018
Barzani seems committed to the security and well-being of all Kurds, and I am confident that he will try to do whatever possible to avoid any further suffering of the Kurdish nation. He is a man of good well, dialog and his only aim is to improve the status of the Kurds. He dislikes ideologies which divide the Kurds. Let's unite behind him.
Hama | 20/12/2018
Notice Barzani is not attacking PKK in this situation as tempting and justified as it may be. Yet after Kirkuk happened PKK officials and media immediately blamed Barzani and KDP instead of blaming the Iraqi government that would later force peshmerga out of Shingal but let PKK stay. Yet again Barzani and KDP prove that they are by far the most noble and patriotic Kurdish party. Despite what PKK have done against Iraqi kurds, Barzani still has the heart to forgive for the sake of the people and is one of few if not the only one trying to save Rojava right now the same way he helped save Kobane. Back then when Kobane was about to completely fall, Barzani and KDP used their necessary diplomatic relations with Turkey to convince Ankara to let thousands of peshmerga enter Kobane. This turned the battle around and kurds started winning against ISIS. PKK should learn from Kobane and listen to KDP. They have nothing but kurdish interests at heart and would always chose to have kurds in charge of an area, even if its their own rivals who are in charge, just as long as it's under kurds. Same cannot be said about other parties or PKK. Let KDP help before it's too late.
Renas | 21/12/2018
Yes they have, because you leaders cannot be united, because a banch of communists, because of a banch of tratiros that adore a traitor in Turkish jail, because we don’t have leaders that are ready to sucrify them selfs for us but they can sucrify all us for a few dollars. There are no doubts at all that PKK/PYD are a banch of shit traitors but you could do better Mr Barzani.
Mohamedzzz | 22/12/2018
Without an independent Kurdistan, Kurds are destined to keep living as 2nd. and 3rd class citizens everywhere. 100+ years of suffering should stop. Fight for your Freedom, Fight for your Independence. FREEDOM DOESN'T COME FREE.
Letter to the President | 22/12/2018
Dear mr President i know that you have a good heart and you are a noble person you should not let our kurdish brother be back stabbed if America leave Rojava the kurds will be hunting pray to al qaida backed by turkey please unite with rojava we the people will understand we live one time let that time be a honorble time Allah has said for if they fight you for your land and kill you then you have the right to defend yourself be with the kurds be with Allah and may Allah be with you and bless you amin
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