WASHINGTON, United States (Kurdistan24) – In a recent interview with Kurdistan24, Brian Abbas, a lawyer in Washington, DC, discussed the United States’ role in the Middle East, the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, and the importance of the Kurds.
Abbas explained that a “vacuum of power” currently engulfs the Middle East. He added that the US does not have a concrete objective with what they want to accomplish in the region.
Abbas also discussed the current fight with IS, specifically in Syria. He stated that the insurgents have “completely mismanaged” their alleged stronghold in Raqqa.
He argued that the only thing keeping IS in the fight was Turkey’s ongoing support through supply lines in Syria.
Abbas also commented on the influence of Kurds in the region and explained that the strength of their military and their consistent support of US and Western powers means they are the “future.”
“The Kurds are great for the Middle East, they’re great for stability and peace in the [region],” Abbas stated.
“[Kurds] have a great future in the Middle East [and] have to make sure Western powers know how important [they] are,” he added.
Abbas was a former Diplomatic Intern with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in 2015.
He received his Masters in Criminal Justice at the University of Toledo in 2011 before completing his Master of Law in International and Comparative Law at The George Washington University Law School in 2015.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany and Ava Homa
(Kurdsitan24 team in Washington conducted the interview)