Syrian Kurds nominated for Time's Person of the Year
Syrian Kurds who led the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria are among a list of candidates for U.S. news magazine Time’s 2019 Person of the Year.
Person of the year is an annual issue of Time that features profiles of a person, a group, or an idea that for better or for worse has influenced the events of the year, and the Syrian Kurds are called by the magazine as "Isolated After Battling ISIS".
Turkey launched a military offensive in northern Syria last month, targetting Syrian Kurdish forces, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Oct. 6 to withdraw some troops from the region.
Turkish military and the Turkey-backed Syrian rebels seized control of a 32 km deep region between northeastern Syrian towns of Tel Abyad and Ras al Ayn, after the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces withdrew from the area in accordance with a U.S.-brokered deal.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly said that he had planned to resettle at least a million of some 3.6 million Syrians living in Turkey to the safe zone to be established. The Turkish president has been criticised for attempting demographic engineering as the refugees to be resettled are Arab Sunni Muslims from Aleppo and Idlib in northwestern Syria, whereas the local population in the northeast part of the country includes Arabs, Kurds, and Christians.
The Time magazine holds an online poll for the readers who would like to vote for who they believe would be the person of the year. However, in the end, the editors still have control over who wins.