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Australia’s Kurdish community braces for Syria ‘bloodbath’

Michaels is joined by Eziz Bawermend, Co-chair/President of Kurdish Lobby Australia, who says said Mr Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria sent a message to the world that his administration would “run away” from a fight and desert its allies.

 

“It is a total and complete betrayal of the Kurdish people,” said Mr Bawermend, who emigrated to Australia from Kurdistan as a teenager.

 

“They have made huge sacrifices in fighting ISIS, which we see as a scourge of humanity, and those sacrifices include 11,000 dead and over 20,000 seriously wounded people who will no longer be their families’ breadwinners.

 

“The Kurdish people of that region engaged in this war against ISIS not just to protect themselves but also, we believe, to protect the whole civilised world from ISIS’s evil.”

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