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The uncertain future of the Kurdish people

(Martyn Aim/IRIN)

As Iraq's Kurds geared to vote in a pivotal referendum on independence, this in-depth TNH series explored the past, present, and future of the Kurdish people: What binds them together? What still separates them? What does the prospect of a nation state mean for ordinary people and what risks does this bubbling undercurrent of nationalism pose for the powder keg region? 

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A country called Kurdistan?

Is independence around the corner for Iraq's Kurds?

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Martyn Aim/IRIN


The Kurdish struggle in northern Syria

As Iraqi Kurds prepare for a historic independence referendum, whither their Syrian brethren?

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Andrea DiCenzo/IRIN

What do Yazidis make of Kurdish independence?

Next week's independence referendum has divided one of Iraqi Kurdistan's most persecuted groups

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Martyn Aim/IRIN

Vote violence in flashpoint city signals long road for Iraqi Kurdistan

Much of Iraqi Kurdistan may be rejoicing, but the divided city of Tuz Khurmatu still worries for its future

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Tom Westcott/IRIN

Iraqi Kurdistan has voted for independence. What now?

The Iraqi Kurdish referendum won’t be ushering in independence just yet, but it has brought plenty of political upheaval

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Martyn Aim/IRIN

Kirkuk loss fractures fragile Kurdish unity

The battle (that wasn’t) for Kirkuk exposed the unpopularity of independence for non-Kurdish minority groups in the region

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Tom Westcott/IRIN

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