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Iraqi Kurdish leader: 'Our right to seek independence'

Iraq's Kurds are ready to draw own borders, Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani tells the BBC.

Elderly Iraqi Kurdish men in traditional Kurdish garb sit in the bazaar of Suleimaniyeh, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)-controlled city, some 340km northeast of Baghdad, 17 October 2002

Between 20 and 30 million Kurds make up the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, but they have never obtained statehood. Here is a guide to some key issues about the Kurds.

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