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In Fight Against Islamic State, Iraqi Kurds Are Problematic Partners

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter stands guard atop an armored vehicle at a combat outpost on the outskirts of Makhmour, Sept. 6, 2014 (AP photo by Marko Drobnjakovic).
By Balint Szlanko
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Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government is a key partner in any anti-ISIS coalition. Yet the KRG still has its own strategic ambitions, some of which are potentially problematic and contrary to a unified Iraq. And under its democratic facade, there run some troubling political currents. more