Some Helpful Info on the Kurdish-Turkish Conflict

Who Are the Kurds?

The Kurds are one of the indigenous peoples of the Mesopotamian plains and the highlands in what are now south-eastern Turkey, north-eastern Syria, northern Iraq, north-western Iran and south-western Armenia.

Today, they form a distinctive community, united through race, culture and language, even though they have no standard dialect. They also adhere to a number of different religions and creeds, although the majority are Sunni Muslims.

In the early 20th Century, many Kurds began to consider the creation of a homeland – generally referred to as “Kurdistan”. After World War One and the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, the victorious Western allies made provision for a Kurdish state in the 1920 Treaty of Sevres.

Such hopes were dashed three years later, however, when the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which set the boundaries of modern Turkey, made no provision for a Kurdish state and left Kurds with minority status in their respective countries. Over the next 80 years, any move by Kurds to set up an independent state was brutally quashed.

Learn more from BBC News 10/15/2019 | Who are the Kurds?

From TRTWorld  | The timeline of the Turkish-Kurdish Conflict 1974-2019

“The PKK has launched a terror campaign against Turkey for four decades, targeting both civilians and security forces. Here’s how the terror group became a menacing force.”

The Kurds Are Terrorists

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Turkey 3/1/2019 | State Department Maintains Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) Designation of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

The Department of State has reviewed and maintained the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended (8 U.S.C. § 1189). The PKK was originally designated as an FTO in 1997.

Since designating the PKK over two decades ago, the United States has worked with Turkey and other Allies to counter the terrorist threat from the PKK. The United States maintains a strong commitment to our partnership with our NATO ally Turkey, including fighting PKK fundraising operations in Europe and elsewhere.

Today’s actions notify the U.S. public and the international community that the PKK remains a terrorist organization. In addition to its continued status as an FTO, the PKK has also been designated as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224 since 2001.”

When and Why US Troops in Syria?

The Guardian 10/30/2015 | Obama orders US special forces to ‘assist’ fight against Isis in Syria

“Barack Obama has ordered up to 50 special operations troops to Syria, US officials announced on Friday, in an apparent breach of a promise not to put US “boots on the ground”, to fight Islamic State militants in the country.”

What About Obama’s Redline in Syria?Business Insider 8/23/2016 | Obama reportedly declined to enforce red line in Syria after Iran threatened to back out of nuclear deal

What Was the Iran Nuclear Deal and Why Was It Secret?

USA Today 5/8/2018 |Obama administration sold a bad Iran nuclear deal to the American public

President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal should be viewed as condign [well-deserved] punishment for the disingenuous way Barack Obama and his staff sold the agreement to the American public.

CNN News Video 9/7/2016 | U.S. paid $1.3 billion more in cash to Iran

Photo of actual cash secreted into Iran

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