File - A picture taken on January 25, 2005 shows a giant flag of the autonomous Kurdistan region at the entrance of a shop in Arbil, northern Iraq.AFP PHOTO/MUSTAFA OZER
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A century after the Kurds lost out in the carve-up of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, denied a state of their own and left scattered across four others, that dream is suddenly closer as fighting among Iraq's Arabs – minority Sunnis and the Shiites in power – fuels talk of the country being partitioned.Though wary of the impact that might have on its own Kurdish minority and officially committed the unity of Iraq, Ankara has worked with Iraq's Kurds to buffer Turkey against the chaos to the south and become a buyer of their oil.The United States, to whom Kurds have long looked for aid since U.S. air power forced Saddam's troops to quit the region in 1991, is also pressing them not to break away and has urged them to join a new Baghdad coalition with Shiites and Sunnis.Many Kurds resent Washington's "one Iraq" policy and have little appetite to salvage a country they would rather not be part of.
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