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The Middle East’s complex Kurdish landscape

Chase Winter writes for Deutsche Welle:

The estimated 25-35 million ethnic Kurds spread across Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran are at the forefront of multiple conflicts reshaping the Middle East.  In Syria and Iraq, US-backed Kurdish forces are leading the fight against the so-called "Islamic State" (IS).

However, "the Kurds" are riven by intra-Kurdish rivalries both within their respective states and across greater Kurdistan. As the United States backs Syrian and Iraqi Kurds, it has found itself in the middle of these rivalries and at odds with NATO ally Turkey.

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