President of Iraqi Kurdistan ready to defend Kurds in Syria

As well as being posted online Saturday, the letter was sent on Thursday to  the preparatory committee for a Kurdish National Conference to be held later  this month in Arbil – located in the far north of Iraqi Kurdistan.

The statement referred to the area of Syria where Kurds live as ‘Western  Kurdistan.’ The Kurdish people are spread over adjoining parts of Iraq,  Syria, Turkey and Iran, and are the largest ethnic group in the world without  their own state.

Iraqi Kurds have already sent food, medical supplies, and fuel to their  Kurdish brethren in Syria but Barzani’s statement is the first time that  intervention has been suggested.

There were unconfirmed reports of a massacre earlier this week, in which 450  Kurds were allegedly murdered by Al-Qaeda-linked rebels. According to IranianTV  channel Al-Alam, militants from the Jabat Al-Nusra Front attacked the town of  Tal Abyad near the Turkish border on Monday, killing 120 children and 330 women.  Neither the Syrian government nor the Syrian opposition has confirmed the  report.

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