Arab and Kurdish forces, previously united in the fight against ISIS, have now turned against each other. The United States and other allies have intervened in an attempt to diffuse mounting tensions.
What we know
- The president of Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, has called for an independence referendum to take place on Monday, expecting a majority vote in favor of separating from Iraq.
- The Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, warned against the referendum, saying Kurdish succession would be “against the constitution,” and would “open the door for bloodshed.”
- The United States and some of Iraq's neighbors are opposed to the referendum. Israel is the only country supporting Kurdish independence.
A different perspective
“The Iraqi Prime Minister is essentially a puppet of a foreign entity that dislikes the Kurds. Ultimately, isn’t that what this is?” Dana asked of panelist, Jason Buttrill, former intelligence analyst and chief researcher for The Glenn Beck Program. Jason explained:
“Our state department just tweeted yesterday that they are not supporting this independence referendum. They are basically saying they are aligning with entities like Turkey, Iran, and the Iraqi government.” He went on to explain, “We have been flying air ops in support of Iranian Shia militias. We’ll support them but we will not support the Kurds. The Kurds are the only group in that area that fought ISIS … [just] to destroy ISIS. Everyone else has other ulterior motives.” He added, “Israel is standing next to them but we won’t -- again. We have done this so many times. We have turned our back on them and we’re doing it again. I am beyond pissed off.”
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