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Risking Turkey’s ire, Iraqi Kurds back Syrian brethren

The oft-disunited Kurds of Iraq, Syria and Turkey are united against Turkey's invasion of areas in Syria where Kurds had achieved self-rule.
Iraqi Kurds protest against the Turkish offensive against Syria during a demonstration outside the United Nations building in Erbil, Iraq October 12, 2019. Picture taken October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari - RC1C3DA85ED0
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An oft-cited reason for why the Kurds do not have their own state is the unremitting disunity among themselves.

But Turkey’s Oct. 9 assault against a US-backed Kurdish militia in northeastern Syria has prompted an unprecedented display of pan-Kurdish solidarity. The Iraqi Kurds are at the vanguard of protests against Turkish belligerence, with many boycotting Turkish products. Unusually, their leaders are taking a harder line too.

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