Source: Al-Monitor/ Author: Amberin Zaman / Date: November 4, 2019

An oft-cited reason for why the Kurds do not have their own state is the unremitting disunity among themselves.

But Turkey’s Oct. 9 assault against a US-backed Kurdish militia in northeastern Syria has prompted an unprecedented display of pan-Kurdish solidarity. The Iraqi Kurds are at the vanguard of protests against Turkish belligerence, with many boycotting Turkish products. Unusually, their leaders are taking a harder line too.