In 1916, they were promised an independent Kurdistan, a country that would be theirs alone.
A century later, an overwhelming majority of Kurds made themselves heard in a referendum: Yes to independence! Finally!
Alas. The “international community,” with Iraq and Turkey in the lead, said no. Thanks for defeating ISIS and saving Mosul; thanks for saving the eastern Christians; thanks for rescuing the Yasidis. But no, no independence.
Tending to business, the Barzani family watches from the Qaraqosh hills or the mountains of Barzan, their homeland, as the militias of the Caliphate reassemble, as the Islamist spider spins its sinister web. Who remains to sound the alarm? Who will alert the West?
Erbil, Irak — Bernard-Henri Lévy meets Nechirvan Barzani, President of Iraqi Kurdistan.
On the hills of Barzan, with General Sirwan Barzani, in a cemetery of Peshmerga fighters.
On the ridge of the Karachok Mountains, Bernard-Henri Lévy is about to descend along the cliff, to reach a cave, refuge of ISIS…
A meticulous preparation before abseiling on Karachok mountain.
Abseiling towards ISIS caves in the Karakoch mountains…
Under protection of the Peshmerga.
ISIS shelters, hidden in the mountains of the Iraqi Kurdistan. The symbols of ISIS will be destroyed.
With general Sirwan Barzani and the Peshmerga.
Salahadin (province) – Bernard-Henri Lévy with Massoud Barzani, Gilles Hertzog and Bernard Kouchner.