Sami Abdulrahman was killed by a suicide bomber ten years ago. He was one of 56 who died that day in Arbil when al-Qaeda in Iraq pulled off twin bombings at the offices of both major Kurdish political parties, the KDP and PUK . All his life Sami worked for Kurdish unity and his efforts were one of the main factors in the rapprochement of the KDP and PUK. There is a park named after him in Arbil directly across from the Kurdish Parliament building.
His daughter, Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, has just been appointed KRG
Ambassador er make that Representative to the United States.
John McClain, who has always fancied himself something of a ladies man is going to go full court press on trying to charm this lady. But I suspect that John is going to end up as the enchanted one rather than the enchanter. She will have to work both sides of the aisle though if she wants to help out the Kurdish cause. This post BTW has been vacant for two years due to internal conflict between the two major parties. About time they agreed on the person to fill it.
Speaking of enchantresses, Kurdo-Finn pop star Helly Luv is doing a USO type tour for the Peshmerga. More pics here. She is probably driving the ISIL Sharia Court jurists crazy with worry that some of their headchoppers are secretly watching her pop numbers on youtube. And yes, I understand her tour in Kurdistan with the Pesh is probably a big career builder for her back home. But then the same could be said for Bob Hope and Ann-Margaret.
And speaking of rapprochement, the three autonomous and separated Kurdish Cantons in Syria (Afrin or Efrin in the NW, Cizire in the far NE, and Kobane in between) may finally be getting an agreement among themselves.