Spring Time

Rubin, Elizabeth
March 2003
New Republic;3/24/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 11, p15
The cherry blossoms and forsythia are blooming on the slopes around Lake Dukan in the middle of Iraqi Kurdistan. Despite all the experts' warnings that war couldn't wait until spring because the Iraqi desert would defeat American soldiers, springtime has arrived--ahead of American troops--and with it the anniversaries of the Kurdish uprisings twelve years ago that swept through the mountain towns down to the plains to Irbil and Sulaymaniya, the two largest cities in Iraqi Kurdistan, and, finally, on March 21, when the Kurds celebrate the New Year, to Kirkuk. Mam Rostam, a Kurdish leader, is waking up at three and four every morning to track his men and gear up for what may be the Kurds' only frontline battle in the upcoming Iraqi war, to stamp out Ansar Al Islam, a group of more than 500 Kurdish Islamists allegedly backed by dozens of Arab-Afghans who slipped in with the help of Iran, and, some say, Al Qaeda.


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