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News about Kurds. Commentary and archival information about Kurds from The New York Times.
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Iraqi Kurds Vote on Independence, Angering Neighbors and U.S.

11 hours 2 min ago
Many have long yearned for nationhood. But Iraq considers the vote illegal, and Iran and Turkey are also opposed.
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Trump Should Bet on Kurdish Independence

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 23:18
Backing the Kurds is not only the right thing to do. It’s also strategically smart.
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Iraqi Kurds Will Vote on Independence, Recalling Tortured Past

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 15:21
Almost every Kurd in northern Iraq has a family history stained by treachery and dispossession. A vote for independence would be a step toward realizing a national dream.
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On Eve of Kurdish Independence Vote, a Warning From Turkey

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 23:32
The president of the autonomous Kurdish enclave in Iraq says it is too late to delay a referendum opposed by much of the international community.
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Israel Endorsed Kurdish Independence. Saladin Would Have Been Proud.

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 21:16
Present-day politics may have been less important than a long shared history between the Kurds and the Jews.
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Pressure Mounts on Iraqi Kurds to Cancel Independence Vote

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:19
In a region where few people agree on anything, neighbors and allies are pressing the Kurds to delay a vote they say could unleash violence.
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Iraq Leader Says He Will Use Force if Kurdish Referendum Turns Violent

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 01:43
If Iraq is “threatened by the use of force outside the law,” Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in an interview, “then we will intervene militarily.”
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For Iraq’s Long-Suffering Kurds, Independence Beckons

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 13:00
A referendum on Kurdish independence is favored by Kurds and opposed by every major power in the region.
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Iraqi Kurdistan’s Referendum Isn’t Just About Independence

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 13:11
Kurdish leaders hope the referendum will draw the outside world’s attention to the Kurds’ dysfunctional relationship with the Iraqi government.
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For Kurdish Independence

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 00:45
The Kurdistan Regional Government’s representative in Washington takes issue with an editorial.
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Mattis Asks Iraqi Kurds to Put Off Vote on Independence

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 04:14
American officials say the referendum, scheduled for Sept. 25, could lead to new internal conflicts and imperil the campaign against the Islamic State.
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Kurds’ Risky Dream of Independence

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:21
It is an understandable goal. But first they need democratic institutions, a strong economy and support from Iraq and other countries.
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The Defeat of ISIS Must Mean an Independent Kurdistan

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 15:33
The Kurds have postponed national aspirations for long enough. Iraq will be more secure with a sovereign Kurdish neighbor.
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First, a Symbol of Occupy Wall Street. Then He Waded Into Syria.

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 01:32
Robert Grodt was an activist at the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011. Five years later, he traveled to Syria, where he died after joining a Kurdish militia.
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Amid Turkey’s Purge, a Renewed Attack on Kurdish Culture

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 08:01
The authorities have fired people from jobs promoting Kurdish culture, removed statues of Kurdish heroes, shut Kurdish media and jailed pro-Kurdish journalists.
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Iran Kills ‘Mastermind’ of Terrorist Attacks as Inquiry Focuses on Kurds

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 23:08
In a cross-border strike, Iranian intelligence operatives hunted down and killed the planner of two attacks on landmarks in Tehran last week.
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The Error of Arming the Syrian Kurds

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 15:00
American backing for Kurdish militias not only angers Turkey, a NATO ally, but may harm the effort to stamp out ISIS.
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