Accord: Times of Oman
Here is Raqqa, Syria
Koerden veroveren basis Islamitische Staat in noordelijk Syrië - NRC
The Battle for Raqqa in Syria and the coming battle for Mosel in Iraq are critical: together they would amount to a defeat of the Islamic State.
From Turkey and Iraq's standpoint those victories would be major defeats in their campaigns against Kurds.
Turkey and Iraq have foolishly decided that the Kurds are their enemies.
The Kurds, who were promised an independent Kurdistan by the French, were assigned to Syria, Turkey, and Iraq, where they were treated abominably. They are now poised to obtain partial freedom. The jubilation is evident in the enthusiasm with which they establish a free, multi-ethnic, non-sectarian, feminist state where no such state has ever existed in all of recorded history.
All freedom-loving peoples of the world should support them.
Oman is ruled by a Greek philosopher-king, prescribed in Plato's Republic, as the ideal form of government. Though a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Oman opposed the Saudi-United Arab Emirates' Yemen genocide on its helpless people, the only member of the council to refrai; and has done its best to end the genocide and bring peace to Syria.
Oman reminds me of Honolulu, if we were ruled by a philosopher-king, and if we had oil instead of tourists.
Asyrans have lived in central Near East since the 25 Century BCE. They have no empire now, and their great buildings and statues have been largely destroyed. Per Wikipedia:
Islamic Terrorism (2003–present)
An Assyrian wedding in Mechelen, Belgium.In recent years, particularly since 2014, the Assyrians in northern Iraq and north east Syria have become the target of unprovoked Islamic terrorism. As a result, Assyrians have taken up arms, alongside other groups (such as the Kurds, Turcomans and Armenians) in response to unprovoked attacks by Al Qaeda, ISIL, Nusra Front, and other Wahhabi terrorist Islamic fundamentalist groups. In 2014 Islamic terrorists of ISIS attacked Assyrian towns and villages in the Assyrian homelands of northern Iraq and north east Syria. Assyrians forced from their homes in cities such as Mosul have had their houses and possessions stolen, and given over to ISIS terrorists or Sunni Arabs.In addition, the Assyrians have suffered seeing their ancient indigenous heritage desecrated, in the form of Bronze Age and Iron Age monuments and archaeological sites, as well as numerous Assyrian churches and monasteries, being systematically vandalised and destroyed by ISIS. These include the ruins of Nineveh, Kalhu (Nimrud, Assur, Dur-Sharrukin and Hatra).Assyrians in both northern Iraq, north east Syria and also central and southern Iraq have responded by forming armed Assyrian militias to defend their territories, and despite being heavily outnumbered and outgunned have had success in driving ISIS from Assyrian towns and villages, and defending others from attack. Armed Assyrian militias have also joined forces with other peoples persecuted by ISIS and Sunni Muslim extremists, including; the Kurds, Turcoman, Yezidis, Syriac-Aramean Christians, Shabaks, Armenian Christians, Kawilya, Mandeans, Circassians and Shia Muslim Arabs and Iranians.Wahhabi have much to answer for.