Tourists killed by NATO strikes in Turkey in Iraq: Yazidis suffer
Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Time
Turkish armed forces killed tourists in northern Iraq. At least eight tourists – including a very young child – are known to have been killed by artillery fire. The death toll could rise further as at least 20 more people have been injured.
NATO’s Turkey occupies northern Cyprus and parts of northern Syria – while that nation also helped Azerbaijan kill Armenian Christians in Nagorno-Karabakh. Therefore, violating the sovereignty of regional nations is a natural occurrence for this NATO member.
The Washington Post reports, “Dozens of injured people were sitting in front of the hospital. Seriously injured patients, including young children with dazed faces, were transferred on stretchers. Inside, a toddler was pronounced dead along with his mother.
It is known that four artillery shells fired by NATO in Turkey hit the tourist resort in the vicinity of Barakh (Zakho district – Kurdish semi-autonomous region). At Bidar hospital (Dohuk province)they report nine deaths.
Voice of America quotes Mustafa Aala, who was at the compound when NATO bombings in Turkey began. He said, “We go towards the side of the mountain, there are strikes. We go to the waterfall, there are strikes. We go this way, there are strikes.
The US intervention in Iraq – along with other NATO powers and allies who participated – led to a failed state where 80% of all Christians fled, Yazidis were enslaved by the Islamic State (Islamic State – IS) and massacred, and other minorities are suffering greatly. Sectarianism has also spread (Shiite and Sunni tension) after the convulsions unleashed by America and various allies. Therefore, Turkey and Iran hold significant influence inside the failed state of Iraq: Iran is more important regarding most of Iraq outside of northern Iraq , where Turkey uses oil and bombs Kurdish forces at random.
Yazidis caught up in the intrigues of this NATO power have also been killed in recent military attacks in northern Iraq. Associated Foreign Press Reports, “The heartland of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, Sinjar is frequently the target of Turkish airstrikes against the bases of the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) of Turkey.
Last month, Al-Monitor reported on another Yazidi child killed by Turkey. Murad Ismael, a prominent Yazidi activist, told Al-Monitor: “Iraq has the ultimate responsibility to prevent Turkey from attacking Sinjar.”
The Yazidi activist continued, “The international community also has a moral responsibility towards the Yazidis and the people of Sinjar. It is both painful and illogical for these attacks to pass [unaddressed] as if they were legitimate. It looks like Turkey can get away with anything.
Yazidis were forcibly converted to Islam, massacred and enslaved by ISIS. Even now, thousands of Yazidis remain enslaved by ISIS. So, that NATO’s Turkey is bombing Yazidis in Iraq is too amazing to believe. However, this is happening because of international silence and lack of accountability.
Other NATO powers, including America, France and the United Kingdom, have bombed nations in the Balkans, North Africa, the Middle East and where Central Asia and Asia of the South meet. The recent humiliation in Afghanistan sums up the blind failure of this organization. At the same time, under former leader Barack Obama, who used drones to a high degree and continues today under President Joe Biden, countless civilians have been killed in drone attacks.
The Voice of America reports, “Turkey regularly carries out airstrikes in northern Iraq and has sent commandos to support its offensives as part of a long campaign in Iraq and Syria against Kurdish PKK and Syrian Kurdish YPG militia militants. . Ankara considers both to be terrorist groups.
Turkey threatens to launch a new military operation in northern Syria. At the same time, the occupation of northern Cyprus continues decade after decade. Turkey is also involved in Libya after that nation was destabilized by the NATO powers of America, France and the United Kingdom.
Of course, no international sanctions against these NATO powers – and Japan is extremely silent. Thus, the dead continue to flow on the paths of NATO where “international law” is denied – and democracy is just a word for the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and others reeling from the convulsions of NATO intrigue.
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