How Powerful Is Kurdistan?

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The Middle Eastern region of Kurdistan has a strong military and a population of over 25 million people. But is Kurdistan powerful enough to gain independence?

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Who are the Kurds?
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29702440
“Between 25 and 35 million Kurds inhabit a mountainous region straddling the borders of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia.”

Infographic: The Kurdistan Region 2013 Facts & Figures
http://new.krg.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/kurdistan-facts-figures-2013.pdf
“Kurdistan is a Federal Region of Iraq. Kurdistan has distinguished itself via its dedication to political stability, democratic governance, economic development, and national cohesion.”

Kurdish troops retake cities in Syria from ISIS
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/kurdish-troops-retake-cities-in-syria-from-isis-1.3091682
“In contrast to the Iraqi army’s failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against ISIS, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country’s northeast under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes.”

A History of the Turkish-Kurdish Conflict
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/analysis/A-History-of-the-Turkish-Kurdish-Conflict-20150728-0042.html
“In 2013, the Turkish government and one of the most important Kurdish movements in the Middle East, the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, known as the PKK, announced a bilateral cease-fire and the beginning of “historic” peace talks between the two sides, which aimed to end a bloody conflict that has lasted for almost three decades and claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds.”

Kurds world’s largest minority group without home state
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/07/25/kurds-worlds-largest-minority-group-without-home-state.html
“Turkey is home to an estimated 15 million Kurds, about one-fifth of the country’s population of 76 million. Most are Sunni Muslim.”

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