August 10, 2014

RUMINT: Kurds Seeking To Establish Their Own State

In a fragmented Iraq, civil war is in fashion and the only shimmer of hope for stability in the region is coming from the north in Kurdistan.

Today SOFREP has heard RUMINT from several sources that Kurdistan is not only taking ground, they are preparing to announce their own statehood.


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  • YankeePapa

    RadioOp. YankeePapa , . ...British government operating on the assumption that the masked terr speaking was a British national... . -YP-

  • Waterborne

    Heres a report on that. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/james-foley-us-military-launched-secret-rescue-operation/story?id=25060796

  • RadioOp.

    Today, the Italian press has reported about an attempt by American Special Forces to free the hostages in Syria (also the journalist). An attempt failed because the hostages were no longer there. This news is also confirmed in the United States by the USSOCOM?

  • RadioOp.

    YankeePapa RadioOp.  I think the reporter was aware of the dangers, had been imprisoned in 2012. On the Italian press say the Executioner was English and that the CIA is investigating the authenticity of the video. I know that there are many Europeans who fight in Syria along with the jihadists.

  • YankeePapa

    RadioOp. , . ...Had a fellow some days ago advising everybody not to go to that area.  Certainly not for tourists...  Those with appropriate skills and experience who might consider going know exactly what they might face...  Good news is that the Kurds are protective of Americans and not likely to shoot their advisers and run... (as sometimes happened with the South Vietnamese...) . http://news.msn.com/us/american-journalist-killed-in-syria-aware-of-risks?gt1=51501 . ...Some forget that when we were in Vietnam we were told that if we were captured in the South (unlike the pilots captured in the North) that few of us could expect to survive any length of time before being shot out of hand... and those who were held for a long time endured the worst kind of privation... many dying.  Very few taken prisoner in the South ever came home.  . -YP-