Turkey and Iran Attack Kurdish areas in Syria and Iraq
Turkey and Iran have carried out attacks against Kurdish areas of Syria and Iraq, threatening to destabilize the region and harm civilian life.
Turkey claimed its attacks were in response to “terrorism,” although Ankara has provided no evidence that Kurdish groups are behind any terrorist attacks in Turkey.
Iran has claimed that its attacks are designed to counter Kurdish groups that back protests in the country. Kurdish cities have been at the forefront of the two months of protests against the regime.
Turkey’s attacks have struck a wide swath of towns and villages across northern Syria and also northern Iraq. Turkey bombarded Kobani, a city that is famous for having resisted ISIS in 2014. It also attacked areas such as Tel Rifat, where many displaced people live as refugees.
These displaced people were already forced from their homes by a Turkish invasion of Afrin in 2018, when Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups drove Kurds and other minorities from their homes.
Turkey also bombarded other areas along the border, including the area of Tal Tamr, where Christian minorities live, as well as Sinjar, where the Yazidis live. Yazidis were subjected to genocide by ISIS. (JPost / VFI News)
“God, we ask that you shield Kurdish people from vicious attacks, and that you assist the recovery of those who have already been afflicted.”