Kurds show they have will to fight

Locals who were ill treated well by state forces have shifted loyalties to the militia.

Published: Mon 29 Jun 2015, 9:08 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:51 PM

Iraqi security forces melted away twice before the Daesh onslaught, but the Kurds stand out by their defiance. The Peshmerga, as the Kurd fighters are known, have been largely successful in preserving their territorial integrity, though the terrorists have made advances into Kurdish regions.

The Kurds have driven out Daesh from Kobane more than once in major successes in the war against terrorism. One wonders how they managed to do it when the militaries of Syria and Iraq have been clueless in thwarting the group. Aerial support and intelligence from the United States helped as the Kurds fought back valiantly against the enemy. More importantly, they showed a will to fight.

Iraq and Syria should take a lesson or two from the Kurds and coordinate their strategies to defeat the militants, who are always on the move, changing tactics and catching their opponents by surprise. The setbacks in Derra, Palmyra, Beiji, Tikrit, Mosul, Samara and Fallujah indicate that there is something seriously wrong in the manner in which Al Qaeda and Daesh are being countered, and speaks of a lack in coordination and spirit to take the militia head on.

Locals who were ill treated well by state forces have shifted loyalties to the militia.

The Kurds have remained an organised political entity despite the fact that they are geographically divided in three countries. They have pushed back the enemy by virtue of their resilience and profound nationalism.

Driving out Daesh once again form Kobane should have come as a relief for Turkey, as the militia was plotting to cross the international frontier.

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