Delegates take part in a conference where they announced a federal system in Syria's Kurdish-controlled northern regions, in the town of Rmeilan, Hasaka province, Syria March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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The Kurds, whose representatives Thursday declared a unified, federal region in northern Syria, number an estimated 25-35 million people in four countries. Mountain people The Kurds inhabit mainly mountainous regions that cover almost half a million square kilometers, spanning from southeast Turkey through northern Syria and Iraq to central Iran.They number around 12-15 million in Turkey, (about 20 percent of the overall population), 5 million in Iran (less than 10 percent), 4.6 million in Iraq (15-20 percent), and about 3 million in Syria (15 percent).Notable Kurdish victories include the YPG's four-month battle against Daesh fighters in Ain al-Arab, known in Kurdish as Kobani, on Syria's border with Turkey and peshmerga gains in Iraq.
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