As Iraq’s Kurds gear up to vote in a pivotal independence referendum, this IRIN in-depth series explores the Kurdish people - past, present, and future: What binds them together? What still separates them? What does the prospect of a nation state mean for ordinary people and what risks does this bubbling undercurrent of nationalism pose for the powder keg region?
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Is independence around the corner for Iraq's Kurds?
As Iraqi Kurds prepare for a historic independence referendum, whither their Syrian brethren?
Next week's independence referendum has divided one of Iraqi Kurdistan's most persecuted groups
Much of Iraqi Kurdistan may be rejoicing, but the divided city of Tuz Khurmatu still worries for its future
The Iraqi Kurdish referendum won’t be ushering in independence just yet, but it has brought plenty of political upheaval
The battle (that wasn’t) for Kirkuk exposed the unpopularity of independence for non-Kurdish minority groups in the region