Emotional Bonds, Strategic Interests Link Israel and Iraqi Kurds

Kurdish President Massoud Barzani meets with U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr, Irbil, Iraq, Oct. 20, 2015 (U.S. Department of Defense photo).
Kurdish President Massoud Barzani meets with U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr, Irbil, Iraq, Oct. 20, 2015 (U.S. Department of Defense photo).
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It is no secret that the survival of Iraq within its current official borders is very much in doubt. The lightning-fast battlefield victories of the extremist Sunni group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—which recently renamed itself the Islamic State and anointed itself as the new caliphate—have revived the old debate about a potential partition of the country. Iraq, a product of European colonial mapmaking, could split into three states: one Sunni, one Shiite and one Kurdish. But as Iraqis fret and international observers debate the country’s future, Israelis across the political spectrum have come forth to declare […]

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