Also remember that, in biblical times, the Persians and Medes were allies.
The following from Joel C Bloomberg’s post is what I was referring to regarding end times. It is definitely a situation to watch.
“Bible prophecy indicates that in the End Times, as we get closer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, God will allow the Medes to gain power, even as the Lord allows the Arabs to gain power and rebuild the kingdom of Babylon in the heart of Iraq.
The Book of Revelation, for example, tells us that Babylon will be the epicenter of evil in the last days of history, and will eventually face the judgment of God. The Hebrew prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel tell us this, as well, indicating Babylon will be completely destroyed and when the judgment is complete, Babylon will be completely uninhabitable. Indeed, Isaiah 13:20 says of Babylon, It will never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation; nor will the Arab pitch his tent there, nor will shepherds make their flocks lie down there.
Whats more, Bible prophecy indicates that God will raise up the Medes that is, the Kurdish people to be an instrument of judgment against Babylon.
Isaiah 13:17 Behold, I am going to stir up the Medes against them [the Babylonians] .
Jeremiah 51:11 The Lord has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes, because His purpose is against Babylon to destroy it; for it is the vengeance of the Lord .
Jeremiah 51:28-29 Consecrate the nations against her, the kings of the Medes, their governors and all their prefects, and every land of their dominion. So the land quakes and writhes, for the purposes of the Lord against Babylon stand, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without inhabitants .
How exactly will these eschatological prophecies come to pass? Its too early to say for certain.”
Yes, and they are both Iranic people - linguistically & culturally, the Kurds & Persians share a great deal. A simple example is the name ‘Peshmerga’. That’s the Kurdish pronunciation. In Persian, one would say ‘Peesh-marga’, meaning those who confront or are close to death.