The flag resembles an earlier version created by the Xoybûn (Khoyboon) organization, active in the Ararat rebellion of 1930, and flown by the break-away Republic of Ararat during the period 1927-1931. The current flag appeared then again in 1932 and in the media where one of its creators described it as red, white and green with a sun in the middle. A similar flag was later used by the Soviet-backed Kurdish Republic known as the Republic of Mahabad in 1946.
Footage of Canadian soldiers sporting Kurdish flags on their uniforms in Iraq has raised questions about Canada’s military training mission in the war-torn country.
Canadian military personnel are training Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).
Footage shot by Canadian news channel CTV in Iraq showed Canadian troops wearing the red, green and white flag of Kurdistan, with a yellow sun at its centre, on one sleeve of their uniforms in late April.
A spokesperson for the Department of National Defence told Al Jazeera the Kurdish flag is being used to ensure troop safety.After all it was Canada's Kurdish allies that gunned down Canadian soldiers- killing one.
The Kurdish Peshmerga (allies) kill one Canadian Special Forces & wound 3 more
"Our members are wearing the flag of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to enhance cohesion with partner forces and to ensure easy visual identification, which contributes to force protection," Daniel Lebouthillier said in an email.Enhance cohesion? That reads like a lot of nonsense to me.... Are Canadian soldiers really mercenaries?? Killers for Hire? Hence the Kurdish flag? Fighting for Kurdistan (not limited to Barzanistan?)
"Canada remains committed to a unified, stable and secure Iraq."LOL
But critics say the flags - which represent the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq, under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) - send the wrong message, and may actually run counter to Canada’s stated mission in the country.
"We are supposed to be there supporting Iraq and everyone agrees that strengthening Iraq so that it can take on Islamic State is what is needed," said Peggy Mason, president of the Rideau Institute, an independent foreign policy think-tank in Ottawa.I find war incomprehensible, so Canadian soldiers sporting Kurdish flags makes no sense whatsoever!
"I frankly find it quite incomprehensible that Canadian soldiers would be wearing the Kurdish flag."
But the flag of Kurdistan is loaded with symbolism, as leaders of the Kurdish national movement first unveiled it in the early 20th century.
"It’s a symbol of Kurdish separatism and therefore the wearers of it would be considered to be associated with it," Mason told Al Jazeera.
"If Canadian soldiers are wearing this flag, then it certainly gives the impression that Canada supports this."Of course Canada supports balkanization of Iraq.. That's why Canada sent soldiers. See story below!
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