The Fight For a Kurdish State I VICE on HBO

The Kurds have played an instrumental role in the fight against ISIS. Although their case for independence is rarely made, the Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the world without a state of their own. They’re also one of the only peoples to suffer an attempted genocide since the Holocaust.

In Iraqi Kurdistan, Vice’s Ben Anderson met those involved in the fight from the frontline to the Kurd’s former guerrilla president to ask why the group recently voted for independence and what hopes they have for achieving a state of their own.

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Erdogan warns of ‘ethnic war’ risk over Iraqi Kurdish referendum

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns the Iraqi Kurdistan region against pushing for independence after holding a non-binding referendum, saying it risked sparking an “ethnic war” in the region.

Historic Vote: Iraqi Kurds celebrate independence referendum in Erbil

Kurds celebrate a historic independence referendum on Monday in Erbil, as polls closed across three Iraqi Kurdistan provinces.
There was high voter turnout, an estimated 72%, despite international pressure for President of the Iraqi Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani to call the referendum off.

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