Should US Rethink Decision to Leave Syria? The Kurds Say 'Yes' â€“ Here's Why
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- [Chuck] U.S. troops maybe headed home from Syria,
but one important U.S. ally is still there
fighting the remnants of ISIS.
They're known as theSyrian Democratic Forces
which are predominantlymade up of Kurdish fighters
known as the Peshmerga.
The Kurdish Peshmergahave been fighting ISIS
since the beginning, and they've been some
of America's staunchestallies in the region.
But the latest move bythe Trump administration
has them worried because they say
that there's still plentyof fighting left to do.
Masrour Barzani was just nominated
to become Kurdistan's prime minister.
- I have no doubt that ISIS
is going to be militarily defeated,
it's just a matter of time,but it will not be eradicated
because the ideology will stay.
And the burden of fighting terrorism
will mostly fall on the shoulders
of intelligence and security services.
That will make our jobseven more difficult
because then instead of fighting enemy
in one particular location,you have to find them
as ghosts running around all over.
This is a world war, butwe are in the front line,
but unfortunately reallywe are not being supported
to the degree that we need to.
- The U.S. has often made it harder
for the Peshmerga to fight ISIS
because we've sometimesrefused to sell them
the military equipment they need to do so.
This American Humvee now belongsto the Kurdish Peshmerga,
but they didn't get it fromthe United States directly.
They got it from ISIS.
Now, ISIS got it when the Iraqi army
left their equipment and ranaway in Mosul back in 2014.
So the Kurdish army says, wedon't get to pay with dollars
if we want to buy American equipment.
We have to pay with blood,and that's what they mean.
At over 30 million, the Kurdishare the largest people group
on the planet withouta country of their own.
And for generationsthey've dreamed of one day
having a free Kurdistan.
Hoshyar Zebrani has beenfighting for this dream
his entire life, and hesays a free Kurdistan
is an idea whose time has come.
- The issue ofself-determination for Kurdistan
has never been so highby the Kurdish people.
That after all the suffering,after all these years
they need a place under the sun also
like any other nation.
And after ISIS I think therewill be a lot of thinking
whether these communitieswhere people can live together
or be canned into those borders
or they should have theirown free will to decide,
you see, their future.
- [Chuck] And with Iran, Syria, and Russia
all vying for control in this region
Kurds think this mightbe a very good place
for a permanent U.S. base.
- We need Americans to rememberthat we are loyal friends
and loyal allies, we share same principles
and same values, and we are together
against internationalterrorism as long as it takes,
and in this case to eradicate terrorism
and to fight terrorism there are many ways
that we have to work together.
- [Chuck] But if theAmericans pull out completely,
the Kurds will keepfighting because for them
this fight is about their homeland.
Chuck Holton, CBN News, Erbil Kurdistan.