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Q1) ISIS is attacking the Syrian Kurdish positions now. Are they succeeding?

A1) Yes. The Islamic State army has heavy US military equipment and has attracted radical
Islamists from around the world; furthermore, Turkey allows the Islamic State to use Turkey for
logistical purposes and medical treatments. As a result, the Islamic State has conquered more
than 60 Kurdish villages and towns, and is imposing its dark and violent culture.

Q2) Can the Kurds fend-off Syria or even push them back?

A2) No. Kurds are opposed by the Islamic State as well as by Syrias Assad and Irans
Mullahs; sometimes, these three entities collaborate in attempts to crush the Kurds. They can
be defeated if the YPG/YPD group changes its policy of working with Assad and Iran and,
instead, joins a Kurdish front support by the KRG and Western powers.

Q3) The U.S. Congress just approved a bill to train and equip Syrian rebels. Are you confident
that the U.S. won't arm Islamic extremists?

A3) No. Judging from recent history, the Obama Administration is creating an alliance of
the unwilling that includes Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Thus, Islamic extremists will be able to use
weapons provided by Obama against Americas regional allies (e.g., Kurds and Jews); indeed,
most of the people who train them are the same people who spread global terrorism.

Q4) How can the U.S. properly vet Syrian rebels--what should be the standard?

A4) The litmus test is accepting democracy, honoring human rights, respecting the Kurdish
capacity to achieve self-determination (federalism or independence), and Israels right to exist
as a Jewish state. Kurds have earned the right to be viewed as the core of the Syrian opposition
group, rather than followers of leadership provided by others; only the Kurds fight Islamists and
identify themselves as Kurds rather than Muslims. Allowing the Kurds to vet other opposition
forces (for they know them all) would necessitate a change in the mindset and philosophy of
those who seek darkness and assimilation.

Q5) The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is getting a lot of positive press right now but is listed
by the U.S. State Dept as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Does the PKK deserve that label? Is it
possible to separate the PKK from other Kurdish forces?

A5) The US and most EU nations consider them terrorists and, thus, the PKK must change its
ways, and work with the KRG and Kurdish leadership in Syria (including Kurdnas and KNC); most
Kurds do not trust the PKK (and its allies like PYD/YPG), noting that the Kurdish Peshmerga are
separate therefrom. PKK must explain why [1]it opposes Kurdish self-determination
(federalism or independence); [2]it has coordinated activities with the Syrian dictatorship and
Iranian regime; [3]it has forced Kurds to join Assads forces, [4]it has closed Kurdish political
offices, [5]it has collaborated with Assads efforts to trisect Kurdistan of Syria, and [6]it has

helped to orchestrate forced-emigration of almost 1 million Kurds out of Kurdistan of Syria to
Iran, Turkey and Europe.

Q6) Give us a snapshot of the beliefs of the Kurds. Are they practicing Muslims? Are they
Islamists who want to implement Sharia governance?

A6) Overwhelmingly, the Kurds view themselves as Kurds first and see Islam as a tool
perverted by Arabs (since the 1920s), Farsi's (since 1979), and Turks (since 2003) to force Kurds
to submit to assimilation. Most Kurds are Muslims, do not believe in Sharia, and are tolerant of
other religions. Also, there are Kurdish Yezidi, Jews, and Christians. Kurds recognize that they
have received support from no Islamic nation during the past century, even after Saddam used
chemical weapons against Kurds in 1988 (the worst chemical-weapon massacre in history) and
even after the Islamic State attacked Kurds in Syria and Iraq (currently).

Q7) There is increasing talk about the value of endorsing an independent Kurdistan. The
Kurds already have autonomy in Iraq and Syria. Is it possible for this to form without a major war
between Kurds and the governments in Iran and Turkey?

A7) First, one premise must be corrected: Kurds in Syria do not have autonomy (noting that
their declaration of independence a few months ago was ignored by everyone in the region
except Israel) and Kurds in Iraq have limited autonomy (noting that America cannot send arms
directly to Erbil).

The regimes of Iran and Syria are using YPG/PYD to manage the Kurds of Syria, preventing them
from [1]joining KRG or supporting Kurdistan of Iraq, [2]creating a Federal region in
Kurdistan of Syria, or [3]forming an independent Kurdistan under the leadership of KRG
president Barazani. Thus, Assad fully controls Syrian Kurdistan but, rest assured, once the Syrian
Kurds have served his interest, he will deal harshly with PKK/YPG/PYD.

Turkey recently endorsed an independent Kurdistan in Iraq and claimed that it would endorse
an independent Kurdistan in Syria if Syrian Kurds would [1]work with the KRG, and [2]mirror
the KRGs positive relationship with Turkey. It will not, however, accept PKK (or its allies)
controlling Syrian Kurdistan. Ultimately, Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Turkey all oppose an independent

Therefore, Kurds must do whatever it takes to survive; this is why Kurds are asking the
international community for assistance in their struggle against radical Islamists (including ISIS).
We are resisting efforts by most countries in the region to assimilate Kurds by leveraging Islam
Kurds; we are Kurds first, and we have accepted the fact thatjust like Israelisthe only force
that could stop the dark forces in the region are those who are targeted for victimization.

Nevertheless, Kurdsjust like Israelisview Western Civilization as a natural ally; furthermore,
an independent Kurdistan would assuredly promote an inclusive, heterogeneous culture. Were
America to endorse this initiative, it would serve to sustain many facts on the ground; thus, it
is possible that this dream could be achieved without others to feel compelled to engage in
warfare to reverse it.

The result would be a reliable Western ally in a tumultuous region, self-sustaining and a world-