The new US administration is called upon to designate a "Safe Zone" for Iraqi Christians in the Nineveh Plain, and other "safe zones" including Yazidis and Turkmen. And that is because Christians, Yazidis, and Turkmen are the "natural allies of the U.S".
communities is not only in U.S. "national security interests", but is
also "consistent with the values of the American people". These are the
arguments used in the appeal addressed recently to Trump’s
administration by non-profit US organization In Defense of Christians
The safe zone would include Tal Afar, Sinjar, and the Nineveh
Plain. President Trump, says the statement released by IDC - said that
he will adopt the necessary measures to protect Christians in the Middle
East. This can start with the creation of a security zone in the
province of Nineveh, to help those persecuted minority religious
communities to rebuild their lives.
Christians, Yazidis and other
minorities in Iraq are "reliable ally" for the United States, the
leaders of IDC note that since 2003, year of the US invasion of Iraq,
"there were no US casualties in Iraq at the hands of Yazidis,
Christians, or Turkmen".
IDC believes that a "safe zone" in northern
Iraq to protect minorities can be achieved through a "multinational
force", beginning with "coalition troops" already in the region.
According to In Defence of Christians, "There are precedents for such
interventions by the U.S. and its allies", which should be used as
"models to protect these ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq".
In Defense of Christians had already promoted last September in
Washington a National Convention on the theme
"Beyond Genocide: Preserving Christianity in the Middle East".
occasion, the idea of putting pressure on the US Congress so that it
would support the creation of a "protected area" for religious
minorities in the Nineveh Plain, with the consent of the local
authorities and in collaboration with both the central government in
Baghdad and with policy makers of the autonomous Region of Iraqi
Kurdistan had already taken shape.
US Congressmen attending the
convention - organized in collaboration with acronyms such as Philos
Project, the Armenian National Committee of America and the Institute of
Global Engagement - in that circumstance had already expressed their
support to the initiative.
There were negative reactions to this
strategy from several Iraqi political sectors: the intention to submit
to the US Congress a resolution sponsored by both Republican and
Democrat politicians to demand the establishment of an autonomous
province in the Nineveh Plain "under the banner of the protection of
minorities", was labeled by Shiite parliamentary Ferdous al Awadi, a
very active representative of the Iraqi national Alliance, as an attempt
to implement "the infamous draft of Joe Biden to divide Iraq and weaken
The US - the Shiite political representative told Iraqi sources -
"are preparing to divide Iraq through an already prepared plan, which
must be realized after the defeat of the self-proclaimed Islamic State