the Kurds

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Magenta

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This page may help answer your question. Kurds are largely Sunni Muslims. The Kurdish–Turkish conflict is an armed conflict between the Republic of Turkey and various Kurdish insurgent groups, which have demanded separation from Turkey to create an independent Kurdistan, or to have autonomy and greater political and cultural rights for Kurds inside the Republic of Turkey. I heard recently that the Kurds are the largest ethnic group not to have a land of their own. The Kurdish Institute of Paris estimates that there are 20 million Kurds living in Turkey.
 

JamOn

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Seems Islam is divided into two sects, Sunnis or Shias, Sunnis make up about 90% of all Muslims. probably why the Shias don’t like the other lol, but I have read it goes way back over a pig or something like that.
 

tanakh

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Seems Islam is divided into two sects, Sunnis or Shias, Sunnis make up about 90% of all Muslims. probably why the Shias don’t like the other lol, but I have read it goes way back over a pig or something like that.
I'm far from being an expert on Islamic matters but I understood that the enmity between the two major sects was about which of Mohammed's descendant/ follower was chosen as leader after his death. There may have been a pig involved somewhere but
on the other hand someone may be telling porkies.
 

JamOn

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I'm far from being an expert on Islamic matters but I understood that the enmity between the two major sects was about which of Mohammed's descendant/ follower was chosen as leader after his death. There may have been a pig involved somewhere but
on the other hand someone may be telling porkies.
Yes sir I think your right, it was about 30 yrs ago I heard that and I can’t remember where but yea I think someone was pulling my leg on that story. today it’s easier to look up information rather than looking through scores of books haven’t found anything that remotely resembles a dispute over pig.
 

Adstar

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Why do Muslims HATE Sunni Muslims.... the Kurds?
It has nothing to do with the Kurds being predominantly Sunni Muslims.. The Turkish people are predominantly sunni muslims also.. The problem most of the Kurds neighbors have with them is that the Kurdish people desire to establish a home land in the lands where they live..

The roughly 30 million Kurds have the unfortunate situation of living in the border rejoins in 4 nations.. Turkey Syria Iraq and Iran.. None of these nations wants to give up territory to establish a Kurdish state and the Kurds are a minority in all 4 nations.. So their attempts to gain a territory for themselves has been brutally crushed by all 4 of those nations.. Yeah those 4 nations have conflicts with each other, But they are all united on the issue of preventing the Kurds from forming a homeland..

Now the civil war in Syria turned basically into a civil war between Sunni islamic forces backed by Turkey and Saudi Arabia against Shia islamic forces backed by Iran and Lebanon's shia islamic hezbullah faction.. The Kurds where mostly Neutral seeking to take advantage of the civil war to establish an autonomous region in the north east of Syria that they called Rojava.. The Turkish Governement could not allow this to happen and thus they ordered their allies in Syria the Sunni rebeles including ISIS to attack the Kurds to prevent them attaining autonomy..

Things got really complected when ISIS went rogue and decided to invade Iraq to establish a greater caliphate.. That's when the USA intervened against ISIS and allied themselves with the Kurds of Syria and the Kurds of Northern Iraq.. So now the situation was that the Turks where supporting the Sunni Rebels ( including ISIS secretly ) and the USA was supporting the Kurds openly.. So the Turks put their campaign against the Kurds on the back burner because NATO and all that jazz..

But once ISIS was defeated things all changed.. The USA elected a new administration and Trump decided that relations with Turkey was far more important then relations with the Kurds and decided to pull out and turn a blind eye to the Turkish advance into Northern Syria.. Now The Turks say they are doing this to establish a Safe Zone so that they can send all the refugees back to Syria.. But they have coincidentally lol on purpose made this safe zone right in the same area as the Kurdish area of Rojava..