Nearly 30 million Kurds live in Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq, where since the 1990s they have had autonomy — occupying the northern part of that country.
This week, residents went to the polls to vote on a referendum for independence from Iraq. It’s a path heavily criticized by the United States, the European Union and the Arab League out of fear it could destabilize a region not exactly known for stability.
CGTN’s Tony Chen reports from Erbil.
To discuss Kurdistan’s independence referendum:
- Aykan Erdemir, a former member of the Turkish Parliament.
- Namo Abdulla, the Washington Bureau Chief for Rudaw, the media network from the Kurdistan Region in Iraq.
- Goran Zaneti, a writer and political analyst.
- Ismael Alsodani, the former Iraq Defense Attache to the U.S. and strategic analyst for the Middle East
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