Muslims have been butchered by this extremist group both in Iraq and Syria. Religious minorities have endured the grit of their sex-slavery campaigns, the Yazidis (also known as Ezidis) community continue to suffer with thousands of men from Shingal (a predominately Yazidi town) killed, and thousands of women sold as sex slaves at the hands of ISIS.
The ambitions of ISIS is to establish a “caliphate” based on tyranny, similar to Boko Haram in Nigeria. They have established laws and regulations that were non-existent at the time of the Prophet Mohammed.
The Kurdish armed forces, known as Peshmerga, are the only credible army against ISIS. They are fighting a regional war on behalf of the world, but are not given sufficient support militarily and otherwise.
Britain must establish strong diplomatic ties with Kurdistan region if it wants to establish a strong opposition against ISIS. Without the Kurds, the war against ISIS can not be won because they are an army willing to defend their homeland against the spread of an politicised ideology that thrives on brutality and massacres.
If Britain and other European countries do not extend a diplomatic hand on an equal footing to Kurdish leaders, they will lose a key ally in Middle East.
It’s not just diplomatic support that Kurdish leaders hope to receive, but military support as well, without which extremist groups will flourish without a credible opposition. How can European leaders ignore Kurdish pleas for more advanced weapons in the face of a growing regional threat that could detonate at any given time?