Friday, March 28, 2008

Iran Continues to Attack Kurds in Iraq—but West Barely Takes Note

Iran Continues to Attack Kurds in Iraq—but West Barely Takes Note

By Kevin Stoda

In an indirect tit-for-tat venture, this month Iran has once again begun bombing northern Iraq’s Kurdish region—i.e. one month after Turkey not only began bombing northern Iraq but sent troops in.

The Bush administration made no waves about this attack on the sovereignty of Iraq and made no show of supporting Kurdish allies in the region.

The Voice of America News reports, “The Iranian military has frequently shelled areas of northern Iraq it suspects of harboring members of the Kurdish separatist group PEJAK, the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan. Tehran accuses the group of launching attacks inside Iran from bases in Iraq.”

While there are certainly Kurds in Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria who support greater freedom and autonomy for Kurdish citizens and regions, it is a surprise that the USA has not made a strong statement in response to the recent March 2008 shelling of Kurdish villages in Iraq.

Just as Turkey sees the Kurdish state and Kurdish separatist organizations and military arms as a threat to the nation, Tehran feels the same.

However, silence from the U.S. statement on the recent Iranian incursions into or targeting of Iraqi Kurdish lands in Northern Iraq is telling, the U.S. is pushing away from its 2 decades-long strong support of Kurdish groups in and outside of Iraq.


NOTES

Iraqi Officials: Iran Shells Kurdish Villages in Northern Iraq
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x3239523

Iraqi Officials: Iran Shells Kurdish Villages in Northern Iraq,
http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-03-23-voa20.cfm

Iran’s War on the Kurds, http://www.nypost.com/seven/09122007/postopinion/opedcolumnists/irans_war_on_the_kurds.htm

Kurds Flee Homes as Iran Shells Iraq’s Northern Frontiers, http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=8278

Kurdish News, http://www.infopig.com/keywords/Kurdish.html

Wood, Graeme, “Iran Bombs Iraq”, http://www.slate.com/id/2143492/

Iranian Shells Land in Kurdish Villages in Norther Iraq, Killing 2 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/20/world/middleeast/20iraq.html

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