Why do the Kurds want their independence?

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Kurds vote in independence referendum | DW English

A referendum on independence is taking place in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. More than three million people are expected to cast their ballot in the ...


Why do the Kurds want their independence?

The kurds hope by declaring independence and creating a Kurdish state would bring an end to years of persecution, uncertainty and treatment as second-class citizens in Iraq. Most importantly, Kurds say, having a state of their own means Kurds will no longer be dragged into Iraq’s endless cycle of violence and sectarian war that has gripped the country for many years.

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