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The Kurdish Struggle

Roughly 25 million Kurds occupy a tract of land that includes parts of Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan and Armenia — but they have no state of their own. The nations they inhabit simply cannot allow an independent Kurdistan to exist, for its existence would threaten theirs. One of the ways they prevent the rise of such a state is by exploiting natural divisions among the Kurds, pitting some factions against each other and, when the situation warrants it, using Kurdish factions to undermine one another. And even though the Kurds have defied history by forming an autonomous region in northern Iraq, they are simply too divided and weak to become masters of their fates.

The Kurds are stateless and are spread across Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan and Armenia. Their bid for an independent Kurdistan has been stymied time and again.
(SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
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