If you’re looking for a modern day example of ethnic marginalisation and persecution, you don’t have to look further than the Kurdish people; and it seems their suffering is set to continue under the alarming expanse of ISIS-held territories throughout the Middle-East.
Just five years after George W. Bush sent troop to fight the war on terror in Iraq, it became clear to some troops, that there was something more sinister… something forgotten that would not so easily be buried in the vast expanse of Iraqi desert.
Between 2004 and 2011, close to 20 American and American-trained Iraqi soldiers were injured in operations involving HD mustard gas; chemical weapons left over from Saddam Hussein’s assault on the Kuwaitis and Kurds during the Gulf wars. When US troops re-entered Iraq following 9/11; getting rid of caches of stored up ammunition was high on the list.
What the soldiers did not expect, however, were the implications of what they had been commanded to do. All and all, American troops reported to have found more then 5000 chemical warheads, but were not allowed to speak out about it and, even when injured by these chemical weapons, were sometimes treated in secret or not at all.
The US’ involvement in the uncovering and covering up of the existence of chemical weaponry in Iraq, as reported by the New York Times, remains a mystery, but what has quickly become a reality is that many of the areas where the US classified the existence of these weapons, are now under the control of ISIS; and reports are already coming in where Kurdish fighters opposing ISIS are being targeted with these chemical agents.