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A young Iraqi Kurdish boy waves the flag of Kurdistan.

Ivan Watson, NPR hide caption. Ivan memorial for slain rebel fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, along with a portrait of the Kurdish separatist groups leader, Abdullah Ocalan, who is imprisoned in a Turkish jail.

This memorial in Northern Iraq was reportedly destroyed by Turkish airstrikes in December The exterior of a Kurdish opposition political party office, which was torched by a mob led by Iraqi Kurdish security forces several days before Iraqi elections in December An opposition candidate for parliament was killed during the attack.

Turkey on Friday announced the withdrawal of thousands of ovane troops from neighboring Iraq, where they had been battling Kurdish separatist rebels for more then a week.

The Kurds are frequently described as the world’s largest ethnic group without a country of their own. Ivan Watson reflects on the Kurds’ long and bloody quest for statehood.

A year or two ago, while sharing a dinner of lemon barbeque chicken under a full moon in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Suleymaniye, I watched a fistfight almost break out between an Iraqi Kurdish journalist and an Arab interpreter from Baghdad. It started when the Kurd mentioned that he noted down “Kurdish” for his nationality while filling out a hotel registration form.


The Arab laughed in his face and said, “But there’s no such thing as a Kurdish nation. Anger kjrd in the eyes of the Kurd. The Arab had insulted a Kurd from the town of Halabja whose family fled the chemical bombardment of that town by Saddam Hussein’s army on March 16, About 5, Kurds were killed that day.

The ivanr is, no matter how many bombs, chemical weapons or ethnic slurs have been hurled at the Kurds over the years, no regime has succeeded in crushing the dream of an independent Kurdistan.

Kurdish Aspirations Undercut by Infighting

The Kurds first became victims of geopolitics nearly years ago, when Britain, France and the United States reneged on a promise of statehood for the Kurds, while carving up the Middle East after World War I. Each of those countries has used repressed and forced assimilation to pacify their rebellious Kurdish minorities. Kurdish nationalists are tenacious. But they have also been plagued by self-destructive infighting. The Kurdistan Workers Party also known as P.

The group also has a history of trying to destroy rival Kurdish groups. It’s no surprise then that the Iraqi Kurds did not rush to help the P.

Kurdish Christians

The Iraqi Kurds have much to lose. Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan has become the closest ivanr the Kurds have ever had to an independent state. The region is landlocked and surrounded by enemies. But Iraqi Kurdistan has spawned a cultural renaissance of ivans, attracting university students, film directors and authors from the Kurdish diaspora.


Unfortunately, the leadership in Iraqi Kurdistan increasingly resembles so many of the Middle East’s other authoritarian regimes.

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Kurdish security forces jail and harass critics, government corruption is rampant, and hordes of frustrated young Kurds illegally emigrate to Europe each year, in search of better jobs and a better life.

Among those ivwne have left Iraqi Kurdistan is the young Kurdish journalist who nearly punched the Arab interpreter at dinner.

I still remember his bitter look of disappointment one day, months before he left. Kure were looking at the burned out office of an opposition Kurdish political party, which had been attacked torched by Kurdish security forces.

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The patriotic Kurd is now studying at a university in America, and dreams of one day returning to a truly independent Kurdistan. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Ivan Watson has a reporter’s notebook about the Kurds’ relentless quest for an independent Kurdistan, and the ovane that characterizes the movement.

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