The feel-good story of the day is how the Syrian Kurds have fought their way into northern Iraq to help tens of thousands of trapped Yazidis escape from Islamic Jihadist group ISIS. What most people aren't talking about is who these Kurds are.
Iraqi Kurdish forces are repelling Islamic State advances on the southern side of the mountain, while the evacuation route on the mountain’s northern side is being organized by the fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and its Syrian spinoff, the Popular Protection Units, or YPG. The workers’ party is better known by its Kurdish acronym PKK, and it is designated a terrorist group by the United States.If you think its strange that our allies in this military engagement are terrorists, you don't know the half of it.
While the fighting between Turkey and the PKK has stopped, the ceasefire is very fragil.
Accusing Turkey of waging a proxy war against Kurds in Syria by backing rebels fighting them in the north, Bayik told Reuters news agency during an interview on Saturday that the PKK had the right to retaliate.The Kurds in Syria have a de facto autonomous region on the Turkish and Iraqi borders. Their region has been isolated from the Assad government by hundreds of miles of ISIS controlled territory.
The Kurds of Syria have been under constant assault by ISIS and their ally Al-Nusra Front for two years now.
So if Bayik's claim is true, then Turkey is helping the jihadists to crush the same people who are now rescuing the Yazidi.
The PKK isn't our only unusual ally against ISIS in Iraq.
In Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley on Wednesday there was another discreet funeral, but this time for a Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq.Hezbollah is the Lebanese terrorist group that Israel fought and failed to defeat in 2006.
ISIS recently invaded Lebanon and only withdrew after the Lebanese Army reached an agreement with ISIS.
Another major ally in Iraq against ISIS is Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. They've been one of the primary reasons that the ISIS drive on Baghdad was halted at Samarra.
Besides supporting President Obama's goal of stopping ISIS, this so-called Axis of Evil allie also wants a change in Iraq's leadership.
(Reuters) - Regional power broker Iran believes Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is no longer able to hold his country together and is looking for an alternative leader to combat a Sunni Islamist insurgency, senior Iranian officials said on Tuesday.This is a goal that President Obama shares. Since "senior Quds force commander from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps now sits shoulder-to-shoulder with Iraq’s top military officers" at top-level government meetings in Baghdad, you would think that reaching out to Iran would help us achieve our objectives.
However, Iran is still considered by our government a supporter of foreign terrorism and Washington still seeks regime change in Tehran.
In a ironic twist, two years ago Hillary Clinton removed the MEK from the terrorist list, and the group has fans in Congress. The MEK advocates the overthrown of the Iranian government and is still considered a terrorist group by Tehran.
So now that we know Iran, Hezbollah, and the PKK are our allies in Iraq.
Who are our enemies other than ISIS?
Remember that ISIS came out of Syria, where the thinking was "the enemy of my enemy is my friend". Because of that flawed thinking, they had a lot of allies.
Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats.So other than possibly Turkey, our enemies in this situation are Saudi Arabia and Qatar. However, before we point fingers we need to consider our own culpability.
“The opposition groups that are receiving the most of the lethal aid are exactly the ones we don’t want to have it,” said one American official familiar with the outlines of those findings, commenting on an operation that in American eyes has increasingly gone awry.
in October we reported evidence indicating that U.S. agents — particularly murdered ambassador Chris Stevens — were at least aware of heavy weapons moving from Libya to jihadist Syrian rebels.That's October of 2012 when U.S. agents knew that our heavy weapons from Libya were going to jihadists in Syria. Could President Obama have known that we were secretly sending weapons to fanatical jihadist terrorists in Syria?
Yes. In fact, President Obama approved it last September, a year after we knew this was already happening.
President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to “vetted” opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.So other than ISIS, who's the bad guys here? Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United States government.
And who are the good guys? Iran, Hezbollah, and the PKK.