I lived to see the Day when thousands of Kurds take Refuge in Turkey


“About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister says, as Islamic State fighters seize dozens of villages close to the border. Sarah Toms reports.”

For anyone who knows the history of the Turkish government’s dirty war against Kurdish separatists in the 1970s and 1980s, it is a startling reversal to see Syrian Kurds flooding for refuge into Turkey. The influx was not smooth and Turkish security did at points try to stem it. But actually Turkey has something like a million Syrian refugees already. – JC

Reuters: “About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey as Islamic State advances”

6 Responses

  1. The long Turkish-Syrian border is badly patrolled and now deliberately so, to facilitate the movement of fighters into Syria. But if you open a border people can of course cross in both directions.
    This is probably the first mass flight of Syrian Kurds to Turkey but they were probably present in some numbers among the million or so who fled earlier.
    The Turkish government has had much to do with the growth of ISIL, and it is far from clear that it has withdrawn its semi-surreptitious support for the group.

  2. Michael Stephens

    Interestingly on my feed your post comes straight after a post showing all the US made tear gas the Turks have been firing at them

  3. Engin ERYILMAZ

    it had happened in 91 when saddam gassed Kurdish town of Hallabja,Turkey shouldered bulk of humanitarian burden back then as we’ll

    • The Halabja chemical attack occurred in 1988.

      That city was under Iranian military occupation at the time.

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