The myth of the plucky Kurdish warrior

On Nawroz, the Persian New Year, last March, Isis sent a holiday greeting to the Kurds. They published several videos of Peshmerga fighters, now prisoners, kneeling, handcuffed and wearing the usual orange jumpsuits. In one video, a prisoner is shot in the back of the head; the rest have their heads sawn off with a knife. In a deliberate twist, no doubt relished by the leadership of the so-called Islamic State, the killers were themselves Kurds. ‘You all know the punishment for anyone who fights the Islamic State,’ says one. ‘It is death.’

  • ismiselemeas

    The comments afterwards were more interesting and prescient than the article.

    • They are at that. I am wondering about astro-turfing.

      • disqusW6sf

        The writer works for BBC. Not sure if that’s reason for astro turfing?

  • canminuteman

    I understand that the main Kurdish opposition group going back forever has been the PKK. The PKK are marxist, so any Kurd who isn’t a hard core communist is not likely to support them. There may be a Kurdish nationalist group who aren’t islamist or marxist, but if there is I don’t know of it (Not like I’m an expert on the Kurds, but there ya have it.)

    • Kit Ingoldby

      They are just one group of several, they aren’t the ones who are in charge in Kurdistan. That’s the KDP and PUK.

    • simus1

      The Kurds who have been betrayed by all those scum who promised them the world if they would just kick up some shit against their “common enemy of the moment” is the largest group by far.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Wikisay ‘Compared to the unbeliever, the Kurd is a Muslim’

  • Shebel

    Don’t worry about Canada helping you Kurds . Canadians love everybody—but–when it comes right down to it ,our new Prime Minister , doesn’t even know you exist.