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The Courage of the Kurds is Deserving of a Homeland

Earlier today, Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State(IS)  in Iraq, hoisted a Kurdish flag over a building in the center of the Iraqi city, Sinjar. 

In an early celebration to taking the city from IS extremists after an easier than expected battle for the strategic town along Iraq's Highway 47, close to the Syrian border, and along a  major road-route to Mosul, Peshmerga fighters fired their weapons in jubilation following a major offensive to retake the town from the IS. The United States(US) led International Coalition provided air strikes to enable the advance of the Peshmerga fighters.

As reported by the Associated Press(AP), the Kurdish forces encountered little resistance thus far in their push into the city. And even though the Kurdish military leadership has remained reserved in claiming victory given the dangers faced from traps and an unpredictable IS, this most recent display of courage and the will to fight by the Kurds, underscores the need that they be allotted an autonomous homeland within the areas they have bravely battled.

The Kurds who live mainly in Iraq and Turkey do not have an autonomous home. But this should change given their exemplary courage to fight the IS from Kobani to Sinjar. Therefore, in any final solution to bring peace to the Levant, an autonomous home for the Kurds should be carved out.