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Iran’s embattled mullahs prioritize killing Kurds
Asia Times ^

Posted on 11/26/2022 3:40:12 AM PST by FarCenter

Iran’s government has embarked on an armed strategy of divide, crush and conquer to end nationwide protests against clerical rule in the Islamic Republic.

The primary target is the Kurdish minority population, which has been protesting for more than two months. The government, dominated by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has dispatched an aggressive and ill-disciplined militia known as the Basij to assault Kurdish towns and villages in western Iran.

For the past eight days, thousands of Basij, transported by armored vehicles and firing heavy automatic weapons, have moved into the western border zone largely populated by Kurds.

The Kurds have spearheaded opposition to the government since September 16, when a Kurdish woman named Mahsa Amini was pronounced dead. While in the custody of the Islamic Republic’s so-called “morality police” in Tehran she had been hospitalized and fallen into a coma.

She was detained for incorrectly wearing a headscarf, required by law in the name of Islamic piety. Authorities denied allegations they had beaten her.

The protests were not limited to the Kurdish population. Demonstrations spread across the country. Khamenei has now responded by trying to teach the Kurds a lesson that will be heard by all.

“The Islamic republic is using such intense violence in Kurdistan to silence the protests all over Iran,” said Zhila Mostajar, an activist with Hengaw, a human rights group based in Norway. “The authorities think that by suppressing the protests in Kurdistan they will send a warning to people in other parts of the country.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: erdogan; iran; iranprotest; iraq; kurdistan; kurds; lebanon; muslim; receptayyiperdogan; shiite; shiiteiran; sunni; sunnimuslim; turkey; yemen

1 posted on 11/26/2022 3:40:12 AM PST by FarCenter
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To: FarCenter

Obama has demonstrated that he’s fully on the side of the mullahs, which means so is president poopy pants.

2 posted on 11/26/2022 3:44:13 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder
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To: FarCenter

Why do Muslims hate Kurds?
Most Kurds are Muslims?
Were they originally Jewish at one point?

3 posted on 11/26/2022 3:47:21 AM PST by Jonty30 (You can't spell liberal without the a-hole. )
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To: Jonty30

The Kurds are a western Iranic ethnic group that is mostly Sunni Muslim. So there is a religious difference with mostly Shiite Iran.

Kurds also speak Kurdish, a western Iranic Language.

The Kurdish homeland spans parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. After WW I and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire, the Kurds were promised their own country. However, when the borders were drawn, they didn’t get one. There has been trouble ever since.

4 posted on 11/26/2022 3:58:49 AM PST by FarCenter
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To: Telepathic Intruder
Obama has demonstrated that he’s fully on the side of the mullahs, which means so is president poopy pants.

Was there ever a doubt?

5 posted on 11/26/2022 4:16:25 AM PST by Mark17 (Retired USAF air traffic controller. Father of USAF pilot. USAF aviation runs in the family )
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Obama and his Obamanites are not only a part of the Islamic death to America crowd, but also the Marxist death to America crowd.

The two crowds aligned their selves in a large way back in
the seventies. Just ask Bill Ayers and Carlos the Jackal.

I think Carlos penned the alliances purpose back in the 80’s for the world to see

6 posted on 11/26/2022 4:25:11 AM PST by himno hero (had'nff)
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To: AdmSmith

I’d heard that there was a massacre going on in Kurdistan.

7 posted on 11/26/2022 4:25:12 AM PST by nuconvert ( Warning: Accused of being a radical militarist. Approach with caution.)
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To: nuconvert

Godforsaken place.

8 posted on 11/26/2022 4:35:59 AM PST by Theophilous Meatyard III (L)
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To: himno hero

And Jimmy Carter is the guy who placed the mullahs into power.

9 posted on 11/26/2022 4:48:07 AM PST by Trumpet 1 (US Constitution is my guide.)
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To: FarCenter; MtnClimber
How is it possible that our NATO ally, Turkey, is firing rockets and conducting air strikes "danger close" to American forces in eastern Syria? And at the same time, Iran is attacking Kurdish separatists in the NW of that country? What the HELL is going on?

We are only being told 1/4 truths, and mostly lies, about why we still have military forces (and a ton of CIA etc) in eastern Syria. The three maps below will go a long way toward understanding the real situation, which is preventing Iran from establishing a land corridor to the Mediterranean.

Russia has long-established navy bases in Syria. Blocked in by geography in the Black Sea, these forward bases on the Med are extremely critical and strategic. This is why Russia has never backed down from its support of the Assad regime.

And this is why America intentionally destabilized Syria, leading to the bloody ongoing civil war, tens of thousands dead, millions of refugees fleeing to Europe, and millions of Syrian civilians currently starving under Western-imposed economic sanctions, etc. Even hospitals cannot get electricity more than a few hours a day, because even generator parts are blockaded. All this mayhem and misery was triggered and sponsored by America in another "color revolution" under Obama/Biden/Hillary.

(Notably, the oil fields in eastern Syria are still pumping away, under American military protection, but the output is directed away from western Syria, where people are starving in the dark, and into Iraq, under our control.)

This "color revolution" leading to the ongoing civil war was done in spite of the fact that the Syrian govt was and is a secular coalition of Alawites, Christians, Shias and Sunnis, quite moderate by Middle East standards.

And our current "allies" in eastern Syria, now rebranded yet again from the old Free Syrian Army to the SDF or Syrian Democratic Forces, are just the same old Al Queda and ISIS terrorists, (plus Kurdish PKK and other various "freedom fighters" considered terrorists by Turkey), but now with big fat CIA paychecks.

War and politics make strange bedfellows. Into this strange cocktail, overlay and blend the Kurdish ethnic groups and their own sub-groups consisting of many ideological and religious mixtures.

But above all, from the American point of view, preventing a Shia "land bridge" from the Med to Iran is the primary mission. Our neocons could give a shit less about the people who live in Syria, east or west, any more than they care about the bloody ongoing civil wars and humanitarian catastrophes in Yemen or Ethiopia. It's all about blocking Iran's "Shia Crescent" land bridge.

What makes all of this skullduggery bubble to the top is the volatile "triple mix" covering the nearly lawless region:

1. National borders and identities.

2. Kurdish identity against all the existing nation states the Kurds must exist within.

3. The vicious Sunni-Shia ongoing struggle.

Eastern Syria and Northern Iraq are largely "ungoverned territory," up for grabs by whoever can fight for it, and hold it. Some of our "allies" are Kurdish terrorists, like the ones who detonated a bomb on a busy shopping street in Istanbul 2 weeks ago. Turkey takes a very dim view of this, even if American troops get in the way of their air strikes.

We are in Eastern Syria to control and direct its oil output, and to prevent the Iranians from connecting to the Med, even if our presence is seriously pissing off the Turks, who want a free hand to go after their enemies. That is the bottom line. That is what is REALLY going on.

10 posted on 11/26/2022 5:33:55 AM PST by Travis McGee (
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To: Travis McGee

Excellent post.

11 posted on 11/26/2022 5:52:34 AM PST by nfldgirl
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To: Travis McGee

Thank you!

12 posted on 11/26/2022 6:46:48 AM PST by FarCenter
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To: nfldgirl; FarCenter

Thanks, and please see this thread also, in particular, #7 and #14:

“It Was Never About Ukraine”

13 posted on 11/26/2022 7:10:19 AM PST by Travis McGee (
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Obama was BORN a MUSLIM....thru his Paternal line.

IF Father is Muslim-—so is child.

IF Grandfather is Muslim-—so is child.

14 posted on 11/26/2022 7:28:43 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Trumpet 1

And Bill Clinton let Susan Rosenberg out of jail on his last day in office... Probably at the request of bho and Ayers.

I think we have a pattern.

15 posted on 11/26/2022 11:03:51 AM PST by himno hero (had'nff)
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