Two Leading Iraqi Kurdish Groups Fighting The Islamic State To Be Taken Off U.S. Terror List

WASHINGTON — Two of the leading political parties representing the Middle East’s stateless Kurdish population will soon be removed from a U.S. list of potential terrorist groups, in a move that U.S. and Kurdish officials say will resolve a long-standing dispute between Washington and a community that has proven to be one of its favored partners in the region, most recently in the fight against the militant group known as the Islamic State.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are the primary political parties in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region. The region’s current president, Massoud Barzani, is the head of the KDP, and the PUK’s leader is the ailing former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. Peshmergas, or Kurdish militia fighters, aligned with both parties have been at the front lines of the U.S.-led battle against the Islamic State, both in Iraq and in Syria.

The PKK remain on the Tier 1 terror list.

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    As much as I’d like to help the Kurds, the PKK really needs to stay on that list.

    • Well they are fighting our ally the Turks, so they can’t be all bad.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I thought they had ties with Hezbollah but Wikipedia says they now hate each other, so I don’t know.
        They still have a lot of Communist imagery on their flags and literature.
        The Turks hate them. That may or may not make them any better than anyone else in the area.

      • Blacksmith

        I would have to agree with you there although the current muzz assministration favors the turks.

  • Blacksmith

    Breath of sanity?

  • Gettingby

    Ask the native 7000 year old Assyrian people if they believe a group that came to the region 500 years ago and participated in the 1900’s in exterminating 850,000 of them support an independent Kurdish homeland. The same group today that tries to expropriate their history and accomplishments and that when the eyes of the world look away treat them as dhimmis.

    • The Goat

      Sounds like the whole region has a blanket shortage.