IamA Kurd who was in the capital, half an hour away from the recent ISIS attacks. It was choas. AMA!
My short bio: I am a Kurd who has grown up in the arms of safe Britain all my life. Some of my family live here so I come back to kurdistan regularly to visit them. I'm now in a nearby town but was in the capital through the ISIS saga. It seems there are a lot of misconceptions about ISIS on reddit, and I'm willing to take off my lurker cloak in order to hopefully give a fresh perspective on the matter as a kurd and someone who has family in government AMAA
QUICK UPDATE: We've managed to recapture a strategically important town called guere (I tried pronouncing but failed), which was the main driving point for the potential ISIS attack on the capital. A big thanks in this case to the Americans.
UPDATE 2:Was just at a medical placement and we had peshmerga fighters coming in with bomb wounds. There was also this poor little boy who had lost both of his parents to a mortar blast and was severely injured himself. I came home to hear that the town which they came from, called Jalula, was captured by ISIS.
SEVERELY IMPORTANT INFO: guys and gals as kurds we have always longed for an independant state which has been our right since dinosaurs were around. This is mainly because we enjoying being on Earth and not ending up in the pages of history books only. We'd all be grateful if you could sign this petition for our independance. Thank you. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/support-kurdish-independence/wk7K9SSp
After 12 hours of stepping out of lurker darkness, I'm totally chuffed with all your comments (even those of you who don't agree with my opinions). I'll answer some more and stop before I reddit myself to death like that guy who died playing on the PC for 72 hours straight. If you have any questions just PM me with an at least moderately sexual header followed by the question or insult you have and I'll happily take both. Good night.
My Proof: http://imgur.com/LoG5jxd. Suleymaniyah mountains in the background. http://imgur.com/hJdaSbZ Spot the attack helicopter. http://imgur.com/mcbaVI6 Picture of a humvee going in the direction of the capital.