THE KURDISH REFERENDUM
The Parliament of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region has planned a referendum on independence on September 25, leading to heightened tension in the Middle East
People show their support for the upcoming independence referendum in Zakho, Iraq.
WHO ARE THE KURDS?
Kurds are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East. They have never obtained a permanent nation state, but have a large influence on regional developments, especially in Iraq and Syria, where they are on the forefront of fighting the Islamic State