Listen to Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon as they interview Dr. Sherkoh Abbas President of the Kurdish National Assembly as they delve into the dynamics of the Syrian conflict pitting Russia, Turkey and Iran against the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State and Kurdish allies who have valiantly defeated ISIS, Al Qaeda and jihadist terrorists, freeing and safeguarding minorities. The Syrian Kurds are threatened by Erdogan’s Turkish Islamist allies and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Shi’ite militias and proxies from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain and Pakistan seeking to ethnically cleanse their ancestral homeland of Rojava in northeastern Syria with its productive agricultural lands and oil and gas resources. Abbas suggests that, notwithstanding the US withdrawal from Syria, that other US coalition and NATO members such as France and the UK could establish a de facto no-fly zone of up to 35 miles from the Turkish Syria frontier. Both countries already have special operations troops in Syria. He warns that both Turkey and Iran are seeking to colonize Syria transforming it into a divided failed nation ruled under oppressive extremist Sunni and Shia Sharia doctrine. This leaves Russia seeking to maintain its bases perfecting control over Syria’s Assad government. Abbas doesn’t think the Israel current bombing strategy against Iran and its Shia proxies will succeed as Iran is playing the long chess game intent on perfecting the so-called Shia crescent from the Persian Gulf through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon that it currently controls. Abbas outlines why Kurdistan matters and could represent a model to remake the map of the Middle East directed at liberating Syria, Iraq and Iran from Shia hegemony into a federated state recognizing the rights of oppressed minorities like fellow Kurds, Lurs, Azeris, Ahwaz Arabs and Baloch. Minority ethnic groups whose homelands control the Islamic Republic’s energy and agricultural resources. He suggests a broad international coalition to achieve this objective encompassing the US, NATO allies, the UK, France, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and others, isolating Turkey and Qatar, Muslim Brotherhood supporters of the Palestinian cause.
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