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News about Kurds. Commentary and archival information about Kurds from The New York Times.
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Kurds Voted for Independence. Here’s Who Else Has a Say.

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 20:36
After years of autonomy in Iraq, Kurds overwhelmingly supported a referendum on independence, creating another destabilizing crisis in the Middle East.
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As Kurdish Borders Close, War of Words Heats Up

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 18:56
Kurds insist on independence talks, and warn of retaliation as Iraq increases its crackdown, shutting off flights and closing borders.
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Catalans and Kurds Discover the Hard Truth About Secession

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:05
Independence referendums in Spain and Iraq reveal the deep contradiction between the norms and rules of secession.
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Iraq Escalates Dispute With Kurds, Threatening Military Action

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 19:10
Iraq threatened to send troops and seize oil fields and moved to shut down international flights in the Kurdish region after an independence referendum.
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How to Defuse the Iraqi Kurdish Crisis

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:31
The government in Baghdad has to walk a careful line to keep the tensions between the federal and regional governments from escalating.
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Kurdistan’s Dangerous Vote on Independence

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 01:20
Its yearnings are understandable, but in such an unstable region, breaking away from Iraq would lead to further violence.
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Iraq Orders Kurdistan to Surrender Its Airports

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 21:39
A day after Iraqi Kurds voted on independence, the Iraqi prime minister threatened to shut down flights to the region.
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The Kurds of County Leitrim: Refugees Call an Irish Town Home

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 20:01
About 100 Kurdish refugees were resettled in a small town in Ireland. Time, tragedy and hurling eventually made them feel part of the community.
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As Kurds Celebrate Independence Vote, Neighbors Threaten Military Action

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:52
The vote, a milestone in Kurdish aspirations for their own state, was opposed by Iraq, Turkey and Iran, which held military exercises on the border.
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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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