Kurds Current Affairs - 2020

US sanctions on Turkey

The US Government has imposed sanctions against the Turkish ministries for their military actions in Northern Syria. Actions has been taken against Turkish defence and energy ministries. The sanctions also freeze Turkish assets held by the ministry in US and has banned all the financial transactions with them related to US.

The Syria issues

Recently the Kurdish forces in the Syrian border stuck a deal with the Syrian Government marking a major shift in the 8-year war. This started series of disturbances in the region. Recently, the Turkish forces launched attacks against the Kurds on the Syrian border. According to the UN, around 160,000 have fled the area and dozens of civilians are killed and injured.

The Kurdish-led forces are a key ally to the US against the IS (Islamic State) in Syria. Russia stays silent over the issue.

Australia and Canada join US-led military action against ISIS

Australia and Canada are the latest additions to the countries providing military support to the American led war on ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Australia has deployed its warplanes for air strikes in Iraq and will also send its special forces operatives on the ground. The Australian called the efforts ‘an essentially humanitarian mission’. Australia has been providing material to the effort even before it committed to military assistance.

Canada also announced the dispatch of its warplanes for conducting air strikes and surveillance missions in the region. It already has 26 troops in Iraq serving in a non-combative capacity

Participation of other countries

The US, France and UK have already been carrying out air strikes and other military operations in the Iraq-Syria region. Germany has sent arms and paratroopers to reinforce the fighters in the Kurdish region of Iraq. The Netherlands has sent its F-16 airplanes to supplement the other planes engaged in air strikes. Other European countries like Denmark, Czech Republic, Belgium etc are shipping arms and equipment to the region.

The countries which have promised to provide support or are expected to assist in the near future are Spain, Italy and New Zealand.