Turkey backs a plethora of Syrian rebel and extremist groups that have wreaked havoc across Afrin and Tel Abyad, destroying the sites of indigenous Kurdish and Yazidi minorities and kidnapping women.
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Bolton’s book holds key to how US gave Middle East priority to Turkey Bolton’s account is important because it illustrates a unique time in US history in the Middle East.
The Kurds need independence from Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria
The Kurds are an ethnic group whose population is primarily spread across Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria. They’re considered one of the world’s largest stateless nations. The total population of Kurds in the Middle East and in the broader diaspora varies, but most estimates put it somewhere between 35 million and 40 million.
A Syrian-Kurdish Peshmerga fighter and member of the Rojava Forces Defence Units holds a position in the town of Faysh Khabur, which lies in Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region near the three-way border crossing between Iraq-Syria-Turkey (AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED)