IRAQI KURDISTAN by J. B. Russell
Tens of thousands of displaced Kurds from Kirkuk live in camps and abandoned buildings in Iraqi Kurdistan putting pressure on the Kurdish government. The Kurds claim Kirkuk as their own and envisage it as the capital of a Kurdish state in an eventual, post Saddam, federal Iraq. Both Turkey and Iran have large Kurdish populations and are concerned about the prospects of a unified Iraqi Kurdistan, fearing it might provoke autonomy or independence movements among their own Kurdish populations. Turkey and Iran are Iraqi Kurdistan’s only doors to the outside world and could easily strangle the economy by cutting off the flow of trade in the region.

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