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The troubles of Iraqi Kurdistan

Hugh Sykes reflects on the Erbil referendum warnings
In 2017, there were two independence referendums: Catalonia in Spain and Iraqi Kurdistan.

During the latter, Baghdad sent troops to take control of the borders of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region. 
For the World at One, Hugh Sykes looks back on the warnings heard in Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil over the past 12 months.

(Image: Child at Dibagha camp, credit: Hugh Sykes/BBC)
TV channel live on air during Iraq-Iran earthquake
A Kurdish channel was live on air when Sunday night's earthquake hit the northern border regions of Iraq and Iran.
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

Kurds make up the Middle East's fourth-largest ethnic group, but they have never obtained statehood.

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