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Kurdistan; Ever Close to Independence

Kurdish peshmarga flag

THEY are questions that no politician can avoid in what the international lexicon calls the Kurdish Region of Iraq. Is Kurdistan going to be independent? And, if so, when? Virtually all Iraq’s 6m Kurds would give an emphatic yes to the first question. But most would wobble and waffle on …

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Kurds’ Big Year

michael tanchum

For the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, 2014 was more momentous a year than any since the region won autonomy, in 1991. On December 9, 2014, Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), reaffirmed his commitment to Kurdish statehood after making a historic call for an independence referendum on June …

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Kurdistan: A Nation in Waiting

Men pass through Parki Shar in front of the Erbil Citadel, a Unesco Heritage Site. Photo: Sebastiaan Meyer

  Machko is a traditional Kurdish tea room at the foot of the centuries-old Erbil citadel, a casual gathering place for artists and politicians. Surrounded by walls of faded pictures showing men in the baggy trousers of traditional costume, and glossier portraits of others wearing dark suits and trendy sunglasses, …

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ISIS Threat: It’s Time to Fully Back the Kurds


The only effective fighting force opposing ISIS on the ground today are the Kurdish Peshmerga. These warriors—legendary since the days of the Ottoman Empire—have fought valiantly even when the larger, U.S.-trained Iraqi army abandoned the field, leaving their sophisticated U.S.-made weapons to the enemy. The Kurds have liberated cities, defended …

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