What’s Happening to the Kurds in Syria & Why

Modern-day Genocide

Jakub Ferencik

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The Kurdish minority in the Middle East has been subject to genocide repeatedly throughout modern history.

But why?

Brief Synopsis

In this blog post, I will analyze the reasons why the Kurds are repeatedly targeted by both militia groups and states in the Middle East. First, I will discuss the historical underpinnings and reasons for the active prejudice against the Kurdish ethnic group in the Middle East. I will then pay particular attention to Turkish military intervention in Syria since it is considered the largest threat to the Kurds presently by Genocide Watch. I will then finally look at some of the foreign actors involved in Syria and analyze their justifications for establishing military forces. Finally, I will provide some predictions over the future of the Kurds within Syria.

A Brief History

In order to understand the cause for human rights violations against the Kurds in the Middle East, we have to go back to at least the early 1900s and to the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

In 1920, when the Ottoman Empire fell after World War I, the Central Powers signed the Treaty of Sèvres with the Allied Powers, forming the present-day nation-states of Iraq, Syria, and…

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Jakub Ferencik

Author of “Up in the Air,” “Beyond Reason,” & "Surprised by Uncertainty" on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | 750+ articles with 1+ mil. views