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
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
People show their support for the upcoming n independence referendum in Zakho, Iraq.