CALL FOR INVESTIGATION : Iraqi Kurdistan ‘ready to defend Syrian Kurds’

AFP – 10.8.2013 – Iraqi Kurdistan’s leader threatened on Saturday to intervene to protect Kurds in neighbouring Syria, who are caught up in fighting between Kurdish forces and jihadists.

Fierce fighting broke out in recent weeks between Kurdish forces and Al-Nusra Front, which is also fighting Assad, after Syrian Kurds expelled the jihadists from the town of Ras al-Ain on the border with Turkey.Barzani, president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, called for an investigation by Iraqi Kurdish political parties into reports of “terrorists” killing Syrian Kurds. If “it appears that innocent Kurdish citizens and women and children are under threat of death and terrorism, the Iraqi Kurdistan region will… be prepared to defend” them, Barzani said in a statement.