Thursday, October 09, 2014

Turkey's fear of a reignited Kurdish flame

Tear gas and water cannon in Istanbul during protest against IS attacks on Syrian town of Kobane. 7 Oct 2014
Supporters of the Kurdish fighters in Kobane clash with police on the streets of Istanbul
Mark Lowen reports for BBC News from Istanbul, Turkey October 8, 2014 that protests in Turkey reflect a reignited Kurdish anger towards the Turkish government after Ankara refused to engage Islamic State fighters who are assaulting Kurdish villages along the border with Syria.

"Troops on the streets, curfews for the first time in 22 years, protests in almost 30 cities and state buildings attacked - the situation is dangerous and escalating fast," writes Lowen

Protesters are "furious" that Turkish troops are blocking Turkish Kurds from crossing into Syria to help defend Kobane against Islamic State militants.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly refused to budge from his position that the PKK, a regional Kurdish rebel organization, is no different than the Islamic State rebels, enraging the Turkish Kurds.

Turkish tanks overlook Kobane. 8 Oct 2014
Turkish tank crews watch the fighting over the border in Kobane, but are not intervening
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Jeremiah the hebrew prophet saw the rise of the "spirit of the kings of the Medes," an ethnic group that today is associated with the Kurds of Kurdistan, to a prominence and military power capable of attacking Iraq, defeating her army and plundering her treasures.

Three regional groups of Medes are seen in the prophecy: Minni (Manneaens), Ashkenaz (Adiabenes), and Ararat (eastern Syria/Turkey). These three regions reflect the three regions of modern-day Kurdistan: the Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian/Turkish areas occupied by the Kurds.

The Iranian and Iraqi Kurds have united under the flag of the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq. What is missing from the coalition is the Syrian/Turkish Kurds.

With these renewed protests in Turkey, and the fighting between Syrian Kurds and the Islamic State militants, will we soon see the uniting of the KRG with the Syrian/Turkish Kurds, so as to create a new, more powerful Kurdish state, and the fulfillment of the 2,600 year-old prophecy?

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