ERBIL — The Sykes–Picot Agreement which has defined the current political borders in the Middle East, has ended with the Kurds this time deserving a state of their own, a US retired US army general.
During a symposium happening in Washington with the attendance of many senior Kurdish and US official, Jay Garner commended the role of Kurdish Peshmerga forces for defeating the Islamic State (IS) in 2014 with outdated and simple weapons only.
He also warned about the Shi’ite dominance policies governing Iraq, and the marginalisation of Kurds and Sunni Arabs.
Commenting on an imminent independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region, Garner said he is in favour of the move and called on his country to also back the Kurds on their way towards independence.
The event in Washington, titled “The Kurdistan Region: Strategic U.S. Ally in a Tough Neighbourhood”, is ongoing with the presence of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Chancellor Masrour Barzani and Kirkuk Governor Najmaddin Karim.