REUTERS/Azad Lashkari - A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier holds a Kurdistan flag during a deployment in the area near the northern Iraqi border with Syria, which lies in an area disputed by Baghdad and the Kurdish region of Ninawa province, August 6, 2012.

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Kurdistan Rising: To Acknowledge or Ignore the Unraveling of Iraq

July 31, 2014, Gareth Stansfield

This summer, an al Qaeda offshoot, the Islamic State group, launched a militant offensive into Iraq, seizing large swaths of land. Gareth Stansfield examines how the fall of Iraq’s key city of Mosul has changed matters for Iraqi Kurds, and argues that American policymakers need to take a closer look at the Kurdistan region in a “post-Mosul” world.

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