24 Nov. 2015
Helping the Kurds to build a land fit for heroes
Following a visit to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Ulster Unionist South Antrim MP Danny Kinahan reveals how Northern Ireland business and education could play a vital role in supporting those in the front line against Isis.Read More ...
21 Nov. 2015
Sussex MP Henry Smith says we need to be “flying alongside” the French in strikes on Islamic State
(www.theargus.co.uk) A SUSSEX MP says we need to be “flying alongside” the French in strikes on Islamic State after he visited the war torn region.
Henry Smith, MP for Crawley, visited Iraq on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kurdistan – visiting refugee camps, meeting the Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, and going to the frontline with the Kurdistani army.Read More ...
21 Nov. 2015
Paris attacks: Oui, je suis Francais - but we should also say that we are all Peshmerga
Gary Kent on the fight by the Kurds against Isis, which has largely been carried out far away from the headlines
A week ago we all woke up to the horror of mass murder in Paris by a fascist death cult.
I was then with seven MPs over 2,000 miles away in Iraqi Kurdistan as Sinjar was taken back from the same barbaric group. A year ago in Sinjar they kidnapped, raped and enslaved hundreds of women. Older ones were killed and dumped in a mass grave.
Victory at Sinjar was a psychological blow to what the Kurds call Daesh and we call Isis and also cut their main supply route between Syria and Iraq. Sinjar and Paris may be connected. Daesh knew defeat was looming and slaughter in France diverted attention from it. Daesh uses territory in Iraq and Syria to radicalise, recruit, and fundraise for war and spectacular atrocities in the Middle East and the West. They are going global.Read More ...