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Islamic State Threat Puts Independence on Hold for Iraq’s Kurds

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter takes his position behind dirt barriers built along the front line with militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State, Mariam Bek village, Iraq, June 30, 2014 (AP photo by Hussein Malla).
By Hannes Cerny
, , Briefing

Western fears that Iraqi Kurdistan could use military aid to secede from Iraq by force are ill-founded. Precisely because Kurds are integrated in the international coalition against ISIS—and because of developments in the past two months—any unilateral pursuit of independence has receded. more