Kurdish flag controversy highlights unresolved disputes

Kurdish-Arab disputes erupted into protests after Prime Minister Maliki banned the Kurdistan Regional Government flag from the contested city of Khanaqin.
Kurdish flag controversy highlights unresolved disputes
Iraqi Kurds protest in Khanaqin, in Diyala province, over a directive to replace all Kurdish flags flying at government buildings with those of the Iraqi state. (ADAM AL-ATBI/Iraq Oil Report)

An order by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to ban the flag of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from government buildings here sparked protests and caused long-simmering ethnic disputes to boil over.Khanaqin isn't officially under the authority of the KRG, but its majority-Kurdish population has been flying the KRG's flag instead of the government of Iraq's. The KRG controls a semi-autonomous northern region that has clashed with Baghdad over several issues, including territorial bound...

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