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78,374. By very conservative estimates, Turkish repression of Kurds in the 1990s falls in the category of Kosovo. It peaked in the early 1990s; one index is the flight of more than a million Kurds from the countryside to the unofficial Kurdish capital, Diyarbakir, from 1990 to 1994, as the Turkish army was devastating the countryside. (Kurdistan & Turkey) Noam Chomsky
91,872. Turkey must find its place if, of course, it can heal its internal sores, and none is more malignant than the perennial Kurdish issue. (Turkey & Kurdistan) Noam Chomsky
95,034. In mid-August, Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani flew to Washington to seek support for guerrilla operations against Saddam’s regime. Neither Pentagon nor State Department officials would speak to him; he was rebuffed again in March 1991. (Iraq & Kurdistan) Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy
95,040. Turkish president Turgut Ozal ... made use of the opportunity offered by the Gulf crisis to step up attacks on his own Kurdish population, confident that the US media would judiciously refrain from reporting the bombings of Kurdish villages and the plight of hundreds of thousands of refugees trying to survive the cold winter in the mountains without aid or provisions. (Kurdistan & Turkey) ibid.
99,455. Yusufeli Dam: Ilisu dam was a dam that was going to be built in Turkey by Balfour Beaty amongst others, and they were going to get £200,000,0000 of taxpayers’ money, via the Export Credit Guarantee Department … It would displace up to 78,000 Kurds … (Dam & Kurd & Turkey) Mark Thomas Comedy Product s6e4
99,457. We find out about another dam that is to built by a British company using our money … Amec, the construction company, are after £68,000,000 to help build the Yusufeli Dam in Turkey in the north-east. And that dam with destroy the natural environment there … They will be made homeless … (Dam & Kurd & Turkey) ibid.
78,375. Under the Assads, Kurds were forbidden from learning their own language at school, or even from speaking it in the military. The result is a generation of Syrian Kurds, many now in late middle age, who can't write their own language. Luke Harding
33,068. Most of the Iraqi soldiers and civilians who died in the Gulf War belonged to the Kurdish and Shia peoples. The very people President Bush called upon to rise up against Saddam Hussein, and when they did rise up in February 1991 they were brutally betrayed. (Iraq & United Nations & Empire US & Kurdistan) John Pilger, Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq
78,372. If the Bahreini royal family can have an embassy, a state, and a seat at the UN, why should the twenty-five million Kurds not have a claim to autonomy? The alleviation of their suffering and the assertion of their self-government is one of the few unarguable benefits of regime change in Iraq. It is not a position from which any moral retreat would be allowable. Christopher Hitchens, A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq
78,373. Having supported the covert policy of supporting a Kurdish revolt in northern Iraq between 1974 and 1975, with ‘deniable’ assistance also provided by Israel and the Shah of Iran, Kissinger made it plain to his subordinates that the Kurds were not to be allowed to win, but were to be employed for their nuisance value alone. They were not to be told that this was the case, but soon found out when the Shah and Saddam Hussein composed their differences, and American aid to Kurdistan was cut off. Hardened CIA hands went to Kissinger ... for an aid programme for the many thousands of Kurdish refugees who were thus abruptly created ... The apercu of the day was: Foreign policy should not be confused with missionary work. Saddam Hussein heartily concurred. (Kurdistan & Kissinger) Christopher Hitchens
97,483. In the north of Iraq thousands of Kurds were driven into the mountains by Saddam’s army as he reasserted his control in that area. But whereas the bombing raids had taken place at the rate of one a minute, the fight to help the Kurds came at ten a week. (Iraq & Kurdistan) Mark Steel, Reasons to be Cheerful
98,187. It’s drawn in armies and countries from all over the world including Britain. But on the ground, one force is having the greatest effect … the Kurds confronting and beating Isis on the battlefield. (Isis & Kurdistan) Ross Kemp, Fight Against Isis, Sky 2016
98,188. The only people that stood up to them and took the fight to them were the Kurds. (Isis & Kurdistan) ibid.
98,189. Sinjar: that is genocide. Seven thousand women were taken captive by Isis. (Isis & Kurdistan & Genocide) ibid.
118,975. Kurdistan recently held a referendum for independence from Iraq. But the Iraqi government refused to recognise the vote. (Ira & Kurdistan) Adnan Sarwar, Journey in the Danger Zone: Iraq,