Iraqi Kurds fly Kurdish flags during an event to urge people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 15, 2017. AFP / SAFIN HAMED
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The Kurds, a non-Arab ethnic group, number between 25 and 35 million people who are spread across four countries but without a state of their own.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 to 15 million in Turkey (about 20 percent of the overall population), 6 million in Iran (less than 10 percent), 4.7 million in Iraq (15-20 percent), and more than 2 million in Syria (15 percent).r In Iraq, Kurds are an important U.S. ally, and after having resisted the army of dictator Saddam Hussein for decades, now lead the fight against Daesh.
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