- - Monday, August 18, 2014

I read “U.S. Yazidis wary of arming Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq” (Web, Aug. 13) with great concern. I think the story is inaccurate and misleading in several respects, that it is one-sided and rests on the personal opinions of two individuals who are both far from the front lines and poorly informed about the situation in today’s Kurdistan region.

There are false allegations made in the story that are nothing more than speculation without any factual evidence presented to back them up. Yet this speculation is presented as though it were fact. The single most outrageous assertion in the article is that the Kurdish regional government is “a partner in this genocide.” This is not only untrue, but is a slanderous charge made against the front-line forces fighting and dying on the battlefield in the fight against the fanatics from the Islamic State.

The charge that the peshmerga have deserted the Yazidi community is obviously untrue, as evidence of the exact opposite can be seen daily on TV.

To put forth the idea that the Kurdish regional government is “manipulating Western powers” is ironic to say the least. It’s as though we have the upper hand when it comes to relations with our ally the United States.

The story’s misrepresentation of today’s political situation in the Kurdistan region is based on information from many years ago, and is no longer applicable.

KARWAN ZEBARI

Washington