Thursday, October 19, 2017

Kurdish Outlet: Shiite Militias Beheading Peshmerga in Kirkuk - Breitbart News

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Kurdish Outlet: Shiite Militias Beheading Peshmerga in Kirkuk

by JOHN HAYWARD18 Oct 2017
The Kurdish Rudaw news service reported Wednesday on abusive and offensive behavior by the Iran-backed Shiite militia forces occupying Kirkuk, accused the U.S. military of turning a blind eye to the Iranian invasion, and, most disturbingly, accused Shiite fighters of beheading captured Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers.


Writing at Foreign Policy on Wednesday, Emile Simpson worries that Kurds feeling betrayed and insulted by successive American administrations may turn to Moscow for protection, warning that “the inevitable result of having no political strategy is that others will fill the vacuum and determine the future.”
Simpson calls it “absurd” that “we now have an Iraqi force that includes Iranian-backed Shiite militia using U.S.-issued military equipment to drive the KRG’s Peshmerga from Kirkuk, in the same week that President Donald Trump emphasized the threat of Iranian proxies to regional stability.”
“Notice how Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft built up its position in Iraqi Kurdistan ahead of last month’s independence referendum,” she points out, inviting speculation that authoritarian and self-interested Russia might be able to find a means of squaring Kurdish aspirations with the fears of Turkey, Syria, and other regional powers moving into Moscow’s orbit.
The message from this Trump coda of Obama policy in the nation liberated from Saddam Hussein by one George Bush after another George Bush defeated Iraq in a war is that being an American ally in the Middle Eastern pressure cooker is objectively dangerous because America treats her adversaries better and more consistently than her friends. The Kurds probably should not hold their breath waiting for an Iran-style pallet of cash to be quietly delivered to Erbil.
Meanwhile, Americans who think Trump decertifying the Iran nuclear deal damages our diplomatic reputation should ask what the spectacle of Iranian proxies riding into battle against our crucial battlefield allies in American Humvees does to our precious “credibility.” How much of a credibility surcharge will there be if the allegations of Shiite fighters beheading captured Peshmerga troops are proven true?