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KURDISTAN (/ˌkɜːrdɪˈstæn/ or /ˌkɜːrdɪˈstɑːn/ ) (Kurdish : ( listen ); "Homeland of the Kurds " or "Land of the Kurds"; also formerly spelled "Curdistan"; ancient name: Corduene
Corduene
) or GREATER KURDISTAN, is a roughly defined geo-cultural region wherein the Kurdish people form a prominent majority population, and Kurdish culture , languages , and national identity have historically been based. Kurdistan
Kurdistan
roughly encompasses the northwestern Zagros and the eastern Taurus mountain ranges.

Contemporary use of the term refers to the following areas: southeastern Turkey
Turkey
( Northern Kurdistan ), northern Syria
Syria
( Rojava or Western Kurdistan), northern Iraq
Iraq
( Southern Kurdistan ), and northwestern Iran
Iran
( Eastern Kurdistan ). Some Kurdish nationalist organizations seek to create an independent nation state consisting of some or all of these areas with a Kurdish majority, while others campaign for greater autonomy within the existing national boundaries.

Iraqi Kurdistan
Iraqi Kurdistan
first gained autonomous status in a 1970 agreement with the Iraqi government, and its status was re-confirmed as an autonomous entity within the federal Iraqi republic in 2005. There is a province by the name Kurdistan
Kurdistan
in Iran; it is not self-ruled. Kurds fighting in the Syrian Civil War
Syrian Civil War
were able to take control of large sections of northern Syria
Syria
as government forces, loyal to Bashar al-Assad , withdrew to fight elsewhere. Having established their own government, they called for autonomy in a federal Syria
Syria
after the war.

Part of a series on Kurdish history and Kurdish culture

People

* List of Kurds

Population

* HOMELAND

* Kurdistan * Turkey
Turkey
( Northern Kurdistan ) * Iran
Iran
( Eastern Kurdistan ) * Iraq
Iraq
( Southern Kurdistan ) * Syria
Syria
( Western Kurdistan )

* DIASPORA

* Armenia
Armenia
* Australia * Azerbaijan * Canada * France * Georgia * Germany * Israel
Israel
* Japan * Jordan * Kazakhstan * Lebanon
Lebanon
* Netherlands * New Zealand * Pakistan * Russia * Sweden * Turkmenistan * United Kingdom * United States

History

* History of the Kurds

Culture

* Kurdish culture * Clothing * Cuisine * Celebrations * Dance * Flag * Historical sites * Language * Folklore * Literature * Music * Kurdish philosophers

Ancient history Karduchian dynasties Corduene
Corduene
Zabdicene Cyrtians Moxoene

* Kayusids

Medieval history

* Shahrizor * Sadakiyans * Mir Jafar Dasni * Aishanids * Daisam * Shaddadids * Rawadids * Hasanwayhids * Annazids * Marwanids * Hadhabani * Hazaraspids
Hazaraspids
* Ayyubids * Zands * Badlis * Ardalan * Badinan * Soran * Mokryan * Baban

Modern history

* Simko Shikak revolt * Koçgiri Rebellion * Ararat rebellion * Dersim Rebellion
Dersim Rebellion
* Kingdom of Kurdistan
Kingdom of Kurdistan
* Kurdish Republic of Ararat * Republic of Mahabad * Al-Anfal campaign * Iraqi Kurdistan
Iraqi Kurdistan
(KRG) * Iranian Kurdistan * Turkish Kurdistan * Syrian Kurdistan * Kurds in Iraq
Iraq
* Kurds in Iran
Iran
* Kurds in Turkey
Turkey
* Kurds in Syria
Syria

Languages

* Kurmanci * Sorani * Zazaki * Pehlewani * Gorani

Religion

* Islam
Islam
* Christianity
Christianity
* Judaism * Yarsanism * Yazidism
Yazidism
* Zoroastrianism

* v * t * e

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Ancient history * 1.2 Post-classical history

* 1.3 Modern history

* 1.3.1 Northern Kurdistan * 1.3.2 Syrian Civil War
Syrian Civil War

* 2 People

* 3 Geography

* 3.1 Subdivisions (Upper and Lower Kurdistan) * 3.2 Climate * 3.3 Flora and fauna * 3.4 Mountains * 3.5 Rivers * 3.6 Lakes * 3.7 Petroleum
Petroleum
and mineral resources

* 4 References * 5 Further reading * 6 External links

HISTORY

Main article: History of the Kurds

ANCIENT HISTORY

Main articles: Hurrians , Gutians , Mannaeans , Corduene
Corduene
, and Armenians
Armenians

Various groups, among them the Guti , Hurrians , Mannai ( Mannaeans ), and Armenians
Armenians
, lived in this region in antiquity. The original Mannaean homeland was situated east and south of the Lake Urmia , roughly centered around modern-day Mahabad
Mahabad
. The region came under Persian rule during the reign of Cyrus the Great
Cyrus the Great
and Darius I .

The Kingdom of Corduene
Corduene
, which emerged from the declining Seleucid Empire , was located to the south and south-east of Lake Van
Lake Van
between Persia
Persia
and Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
and ruled northern Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
and southeastern Anatolia
Anatolia
from 189 BC to AD 384 as vassals of the vying Parthian and Roman Empire. At its zenith, the Roman Empire ruled large Kurdish-inhabited areas, particularly the western and northern Kurdish areas in the Middle East. Corduene
Corduene
became a vassal state of the Roman Republic in 66 BC and remained allied with the Romans until AD 384. After 66 BC, it passed another 5 times between Rome and Persia. Corduene
Corduene
was situated to the east of Tigranocerta , that is, to the east and south of present-day Diyarbakır
Diyarbakır
in south-eastern Turkey. Ancient Kurdistan
Kurdistan
as Kard-uchi, during Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
's Empire, 4th century BC

Some historians have correlated a connection between Corduene
Corduene
with the modern names of Kurds and Kurdistan; T. A. Sinclair dismissed this identification as false, while a common association is asserted in the Columbia Encyclopedia .

Some of the ancient districts of Kurdistan
Kurdistan
and their corresponding modern names:

* Corduene
Corduene
or Gordyene ( Siirt , Bitlis and Şırnak ) * Sophene
Sophene
(Diyarbakır) * Zabdicene or Bezabde (Gozarto d'Qardu or Jazirat Ibn or Cizre ) * Basenia (Bayazid ) * Moxoene ( Muş ) * Nephercerta (Miyafarkin) * Artemita (Van )

19th-century map showing the location of the Kingdom of Corduene in 60 B.C

One of the earliest records of the phrase land of the Kurds is found in an Assyrian Christian
Christian
document of late antiquity , describing the stories of Assyrian saints of the Middle East, such as Abdisho . When the Sasanian
Sasanian
Marzban asked Mar Abdisho about his place of origin, he replied that according to his parents, they were originally from Hazza, a village in Assyria
Assyria
. However they were later driven out of Hazza by pagans , and settled in Tamanon, which according to Abdisho was in the land of the Kurds. Tamanon lies just north of the modern Iraq- Turkey
Turkey
border, while Hazza is 12 km southwest of modern Erbil
Erbil
. In another passage in the same document, the region of the Khabur River is also identified as land of the Kurds. According to Al-Muqaddasi
Al-Muqaddasi
and Yaqut al-Hamawi ,Tamanon was located on the south-western or southern slopes of Mount Judi and south of Cizre . Other geographical references to the Kurds in Syriac sources appear in Zuqnin chronicle, writings of Michael the Syrian and Bar hebraeus . They mention the mountains of Qardu, city of Qardu and country of Qardawaye.

POST-CLASSICAL HISTORY

Main articles: Shaddadids , Rawadids , Hasanwayhids , Annazids , and Marwanids Map of Jibal (mountains of northeastern Mesopotamia), highlighting "Summer and winter resorts of the Kurds", the Kurdish lands. Redrawn from Ibn Hawqal , 977 CE.

In the tenth and eleventh centuries, several Kurdish principalities emerged in the region: in the north the Shaddadids (951–1174) (in east Transcaucasia between the Kur and Araxes rivers) and the Rawadids (955–1221) (centered on Tabriz
Tabriz
and which controlled all of Azarbaijan
Azarbaijan
), in the east the Hasanwayhids (959–1015) (in Zagros between Shahrizor and Khuzistan
Khuzistan
) and the Annazids (990–1116) (centered in Hulwan ) and in the west the Marwanids (990–1096) to the south of Diyarbakır
Diyarbakır
and north of Jazira . Map by Mahmud al-Kashgari (1074), showing Arḍ al-Akrād Arabic for land of Kurds located between Arḍ al-Šām (Syria), and Arḍ al-ʿIrāqayn (Iraq).

Kurdistan
Kurdistan
in the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
was a collection of semi-independent and independent states called emirates . It was nominally under indirect political or religious influence of Khalifs or Shahs. A comprehensive history of these states and their relationship with their neighbors is given in the text of Sharafnama, written by Prince Sharaf al-Din Bitlisi in 1597. The emirates included Baban , Soran , Badinan and Garmiyan in the south; Bakran, Bohtan (or Botan) and Badlis in the north, and Mukriyan and Ardalan in the east.

The earliest medieval attestation of the toponym Kurdistan
Kurdistan
is found in a 12th-century Armenian historical text by Matteos Urhayeci . He described a battle near Amid and Siverek in 1062 as to have taken place in Kurdistan. The second record occurs in the prayer from the colophon of an Armenian manuscript of the Gospels
Gospels
, written in 1200.

A later use of the term Kurdistan
Kurdistan
is found in Empire of Trebizond documents in 1336 and in Nuzhat-al-Qulub, written by Hamdollah Mostowfi in 1340.

MODERN HISTORY

1803 Cedid Atlas
Cedid Atlas
showing Kurdistan
Kurdistan
in blue Kurdish independent kingdoms and autonomous principalities circa 1835

According to Sharafkhan Bitlisi in his Sharafnama , the boundaries of the Kurdish land begin at the Strait of Hormuz
Strait of Hormuz
in the Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
and stretch on an even line to the end of Malatya
Malatya
and Marash . Evliya Çelebi , who traveled in Kurdistan
Kurdistan
between 1640 and 1655, mentioned different districts of Kurdistan
Kurdistan
including Erzurum
Erzurum
, Van , Hakkari , Cizre , Imaddiya , Mosul
Mosul
, Shahrizor , Harir , Ardalan , Baghdad
Baghdad
, Derne, Derteng, until Basra
Basra
.

In the 16th century, after prolonged wars, Kurdish-inhabited areas were split between the Safavid and Ottoman empires. A major division of Kurdistan
Kurdistan
occurred in the aftermath of the Battle of Chaldiran
Battle of Chaldiran
in 1514, and was formalized in the 1639 Treaty of Zuhab . From then until the aftermath of World War I, Kurdish areas (including most of Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
, eastern Anatolia
Anatolia
, and traditionally Kurdish northeastern Syria
Syria
) were generally under Ottoman rule, apart from the century-long, intermittent Iranian occupation in the early modern to modern period, and the later reconquest and vast expansion by the Iranian military leader Nader Shah
Nader Shah
in the first half of the 18th century. After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the Allies contrived to split Kurdistan
Kurdistan
(as detailed in the ultimately unratified Treaty of Sèvres
Treaty of Sèvres
) among several countries, including Kurdistan, Armenia
Armenia
and others. However, the reconquest of these areas by the forces of Kemal Atatürk (and other pressing issues) caused the Allies to accept the renegotiated Treaty of Lausanne and the borders of the modern Republic of Turkey, leaving the Kurds without a self-ruled region. Other Kurdish areas were assigned to the new British and French mandated states of Iraq
Iraq
and Syria
Syria
. Kurdistan
Kurdistan
(shaded area) as suggested by the Treaty of Sèvres
Treaty of Sèvres

At the San Francisco Peace Conference of 1945, the Kurdish delegation proposed consideration of territory claimed by the Kurds, which encompassed an area extending from the Mediterranean shores near Adana to the shores of the Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
near Bushehr
Bushehr
, and included the Lur inhabited areas of southern Zagros .

At the end of the First Gulf War , the Allies established a safe haven in northern Iraq. Amid the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from three northern provinces, Iraqi Kurdistan
Iraqi Kurdistan
emerged in 1992 as an autonomous entity inside Iraq
Iraq
with its own local government and parliament.

A 2010 US report, written before the instability in Syria
Syria
and Iraq that exists as of 2014, attested that " Kurdistan
Kurdistan
may exist by 2030". The weakening of the Iraqi state following the 2014 Northern Iraq offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq
Iraq
and the Levant has also presented an opportunity for independence for Iraqi Kurdistan, augmented by Turkey's move towards acceptance of such a state although it opposes moves toward Kurdish autonomy in Turkey
Turkey
and Syria.

Northern Kurdistan

Main articles: Kurdish–Turkish conflict (1978–present) , Iraqi–Kurdish conflict
Iraqi–Kurdish conflict
, and Kurdish separatism in Iran
Iran

The incorporation into Turkey
Turkey
of the Kurdish-inhabited regions of eastern Anatolia
Anatolia
was opposed by many Kurds, and has resulted in a long-running separatist conflict in which thousands of lives have been lost. The region saw several major Kurdish rebellions, including the Koçgiri rebellion of 1920 under the Ottomans, then successive insurrections under the Turkish state, including the 1924 Sheikh Said rebellion , the Republic of Ararat in 1927, and the 1937 Dersim rebellion . All were forcefully put down by the authorities. The region was declared a closed military area from which foreigners were banned between 1925 and 1965.

In an attempt to deny their existence, the Turkish government categorized Kurds as "Mountain Turks" until 1991. The words "Kurds", "Kurdistan", or "Kurdish" were officially banned by the Turkish government. Following the military coup of 1980 , the Kurdish language was officially prohibited in public and private life. Many people who spoke, published, or sang in Kurdish were arrested and imprisoned. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, political parties that represented Kurdish interests were banned.

In 1983, the Kurdish provinces were placed under martial law in response to the activities of the militant separatist organization, Kurdistan
Kurdistan
Workers\' Party (PKK). A guerrilla war took place through the 1980s and 1990s in which much of the countryside was evacuated, thousands of Kurdish-populated villages were destroyed by the government, and numerous summary executions were carried out by both sides. Many villages were set on fire. Food embargoes were placed on Kurdish villages and towns. More than 20,000 Kurds were killed in the violence and hundreds of thousands more were forced to leave their homes.

Turkey
Turkey
has historically feared that a Kurdish state in Northern Iraq would encourage and support Kurdish separatists in the adjacent Turkish provinces, and have therefore historically strongly opposed Kurdish independence in Iraq. However, following the chaos in Iraq after the US invasion, Turkey
Turkey
has increasingly worked with the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government .

Syrian Civil War

See also: 2012 Syrian Kurdistan rebellion and Syrian Kurdish–Islamist conflict (2013–present) Military situation on 000000002017-08-08-0000August 8, 2017: Controlled by Syrian Kurds Controlled by Iraqi Kurds Controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq
Iraq
and Syria
Syria
(ISIL, ISIS, IS)

The successful 2014 Northern Iraq
Iraq
offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq
Iraq
and the Levant , with the resultant weakening of the ability of the Iraqi state to project power, also presented a "golden opportunity" for the Kurds to increase their independence and possibly declare an independent Kurdish state. The Islamic State in Iraq
Iraq
and the Levant, who took more than 80 Turkish persons captive in Mosul during their offensive, is an enemy of Turkey, making Kurdistan
Kurdistan
useful for Turkey
Turkey
as a buffer state. On 28 June 2014 Hüseyin Çelik , a spokesman for the ruling AK party, made comments to the Financial Times indicating Turkey's readiness to accept an independent Kurdistan in northern Iraq. Various sources have reported that Al-Nusra has issued a fatwā calling for Kurdish women and children in Syria
Syria
to be killed, and the fighting in Syria
Syria
has led tens of thousands of refugees to flee to Iraq\'s Kurdistan
Kurdistan
region . As of 2015, Turkey is actively supporting the Al-Nusra.

PEOPLE

Main article: Kurds

The Kurds are a people of Indo-European origin. They speak an Iranian language known as Kurdish , and comprise the majority of the population of the region – however, included therein are Arab
Arab
, Armenian , Assyrian /Aramean /Syriac, Azerbaijani , Jewish , Ossetian , Persian , and Turkish communities. Most inhabitants are Muslim, but adherents to other religions are present as well – including Yarsanism , which is an ethnically Kurdish religion, Yazidis , Alevis , Christians , and in the past, Jews most of whom immigrated to Israel
Israel
.

GEOGRAPHY

According to the Encyclopædia Britannica
Encyclopædia Britannica
, Kurdistan
Kurdistan
covers about 190,000 km², and its chief towns are Diyarbakır
Diyarbakır
(Amed), Bitlis (Bedlîs) and Van (Wan) in Turkey, Erbil
Erbil
(Hewlêr) and Slemani
Slemani
in Iraq, and Kermanshah
Kermanshah
(Kirmanşan), Sanandaj (Sine), Ilam and Mahabad (Mehabad) in Iran. According to the Encyclopaedia of Islam
Islam
, Kurdistan
Kurdistan
covers around 190,000 km² in Turkey, 125,000 km² in Iran, 65,000 km² in Iraq, and 12,000 km² in Syria, with a total area of approximately 392,000 km². Historic map from 1721, showing borders of Curdistan provinces in Persia
Persia
.

Iraqi Kurdistan
Iraqi Kurdistan
is divided into six governorates , three of which (and parts of others) are under the control of the Kurdistan
Kurdistan
Regional Government . Iranian Kurdistan encompasses Kurdistan Province and the greater parts of West Azerbaijan , Kermanshah
Kermanshah
, and Īlām provinces. Syrian Kurdistan (Kurdish : Rojavayê Kurdistanê) is located primarily in northern Syria, and covers the province of Al Hasakah and northern Raqqa Governorate
Governorate
, northern Aleppo Governorate
Governorate
and also Jabal al-Akrad (Mountain of the Kurds) region. The major cities in this region are Qamishli (Kurdish: Qamişlo) and Al Hasakah (Kurdish: Hasakah).

Turkish Kurdistan encompasses a large area of Eastern Anatolia
Anatolia
Region and southeastern Anatolia
Anatolia
of Turkey
Turkey
and it is home to an estimated 15 to 20 million Kurds.

SUBDIVISIONS (UPPER AND LOWER KURDISTAN)

In A Dictionary of Scripture Geography (published 1846), John Miles describes Upper and Lower Kurdistan
Kurdistan
as following:

Modern Curdistan is of much greater extent than the ancient Assyria, and is composed of two parts the Upper and Lower. In the former is the province of Ardelan, the ancient Arropachatis, now nominally a part of Irak Ajami, and belonging to the north west division called Al Jobal. It contains five others namely, Betlis, the ancient Carduchia, lying to the south and south west of the lake Van. East and south east of Betlis is the principality of Julamerick, south west of it is the principality of Amadia. the fourth is Jeezera ul Omar, a city on an island in the Tigris, and corresponding to the ancient Bezabde. the fifth and largest is Kara Djiolan, with a capital of the same name. The pashalics of Kirkook and Solimania also comprise part of Upper Curdistan. Lower Curdistan comprises all the level tract to the east of the Tigris, and the minor ranges immediately bounding the plains and reaching thence to the foot of the great range, which may justly be denominated the Alps of western Asia. A typical Kurdish village in Hawraman
Hawraman
, Kurdistan
Kurdistan

The northern, northwestern and northeastern parts of Kurdistan
Kurdistan
are referred to as upper Kurdistan, and includes the areas from west of Amed to lake Urmia.

The lowlands of southern Kurdistan
Kurdistan
are called lower Kurdistan. The main cities in this area are Kirkuk and Arbil.

CLIMATE

Much of the region is typified by a continental climate – hot in the summer, cold in the winter. Despite this, much of the region is fertile and has historically exported grain and livestock . Precipitation varies between 200 and 400 mm a year in the plains, and between 700 and 3,000 mm a year on the high plateau between mountain chains. The climate is dominated by mountains in the zone along the border with Iran
Iran
and Turkey, with dry summers , rainy and sometimes snowy winters, and damp springs, while to the south it progressively transitions towards semi-arid and desert zones. The northern mountainous regions along the border with Iran
Iran
and Turkey
Turkey
receive heavy snowfall and they are more of an extreme version of the continental climate.

FLORA AND FAUNA

Kurdistan
Kurdistan
is one of the most mountainous regions in the world with a cold climate receiving annual precipitation adequate to sustain temperate forests and shrubs . Mountain chains harbor pastures and forested valleys, totaling approximately 16 million hectares (160,000 km²), including firs and countryside is mostly oaks , conifers , platanus , willow , poplar and, to the west of Kurdistan, olive trees . The region north of the mountainous region on the border with Iran and Turkey
Turkey
features meadow grasses and such wild trees as poplar , willow and oak, hawthorn , Cherry plum , rose hips , mountain apple, pear , mountain ash , and olive. The steppe and desert in the south, by contrast, have such species as palm trees and date palm .

Animals found in the region include the Syrian brown bear , wild boar , gray wolf , the golden jackal , Indian crested porcupine , the red fox , goitered gazelle , Eurasian otter , striped hyena , Persian fallow deer , long-eared hedgehog , onager , mangar and the Euphrates softshell turtle . Birds include, the hooded crow , common starling , Eurasian magpie , European robin , water pipit , spotted flycatcher , namaqua dove , saker falcon , griffon vulture , little crake and collared pratincole , among others.

MOUNTAINS

Canyon in Rawanduz in northern Iraqi Kurdistan
Iraqi Kurdistan

Mountains are important geographical and symbolic features of Kurdish life, as evidenced by the saying " Kurds have no friends but the mountains." Mountains are regarded as sacred by the Kurds . Included in the region are Mount Judi and Ararat (both prominent in Kurdish folklore), Zagros , Qandil , Shingal , Mount Abdulaziz , Kurd Mountains , Jabal al-Akrad , Shaho, Gabar, Hamrin , and Nisir .

RIVERS

Zê river in Zebari region, Iraqi Kurdistan.

The plateaus and mountains of Kurdistan, which are characterized by heavy rain and snow fall, act as a water reservoir for the Near and Middle East, forming the source of the Tigris
Tigris
and Euphrates
Euphrates
rivers, as well as other numerous smaller rivers, such as the Little Khabur , Khabur , Tharthar, Ceyhan, Araxes , Kura, Sefidrud, Karkha, and Hezil. Among rivers of historical importance to Kurds are the Murat (Arasān) and Buhtān rivers in Turkey; the Peshkhābur, the Little Zab , the Great Zab , and the Diyala in Iraq; and the Jaghatu (Zarrinarud), the Tātā'u (Siminarud), the Zohāb (Zahāb), and the Gāmāsiyāb in Iran.

These rivers, which flow from heights of three to four thousand meters above sea level, are significant both as water sources and for the production of energy. Iraq
Iraq
and Syria
Syria
dammed many of these rivers and their tributaries, and Turkey
Turkey
has an extensive dam system under construction as part of the GAP (Southeast Anatolia
Anatolia
Project) ; though incomplete, the GAP already supplies a significant proportion of Turkey's electrical energy needs. Due to the extraordinary archaeological richness of the region, almost any dam impacts historic sites.

LAKES

The city of Piranshahr , center of Mokrian district, northwestern Iran
Iran

Kurdistan
Kurdistan
extends to Lake Urmia in Iran
Iran
on the east. The region includes Lake Van, the largest body of water in Turkey; the only lake in the Middle East with a larger surface is Lake Urmia – though not nearly as deep as Lake Van, which has a much larger volume. Urmia , Van , as well as Zarivar Lake west of Marivan , and Lake Dukan near the city of Sulaymaniyah
Sulaymaniyah
, are frequented by tourists. The city of Batman , eastern Turkey
Turkey

PETROLEUM AND MINERAL RESOURCES

KRG -controlled parts of Iraqi Kurdistan
Iraqi Kurdistan
are estimated to contain around 45 billion barrels (7.2×10^9 m3) of oil, making it the sixth largest reserve in the world. Extraction of these reserves began in 2007.

Al-Hasakah province, also known as Jazira region, has geopolitical importance of oil and is suitable for agricultural lands.

In November 2011, Exxon challenged the Iraqi central government's authority with the signing of oil and gas contracts for exploration rights to six parcels of land in Kurdistan, including one contract in the disputed territories, just east of the Kirkuk mega-field. This act caused Baghdad
Baghdad
to threaten to revoke Exxon's contract in its southern fields, most notably the West-Qurna Phase 1 project. Exxon responded by announcing its intention to leave the West-Qurna project.

As of July 2007, the Kurdish government solicited foreign companies to invest in 40 new oil sites, with the hope of increasing regional oil production over the following 5 years by a factor of five, to about 1 million barrels per day (160,000 m3/d). Gas and associated gas reserves are in excess of 2,800 km3 (100×10^12 cu ft). Notable companies active in Kurdistan
Kurdistan
include Exxon , Total , Chevron , Talisman Energy , Genel Energy , Hunt Oil , Gulf Keystone Petroleum
Petroleum
, and Marathon Oil
Marathon Oil
.

Other mineral resources that exist in significant quantities in the region include coal , copper , gold , iron , limestone (which is used to produce cement ), marble , and zinc . The world's largest deposit of rock sulfur is located just southwest of Erbil
Erbil
(Hewlêr).

In July 2012, Turkey
Turkey
and the Kurdistan Regional Government signed an agreement by which Turkey
Turkey
will supply the KRG with refined petroleum products in exchange for crude oil. Crude deliveries are expected to occur on a regular basis.

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Kurdistan
proper and in other parts of the states comprising the area taken together). CIA Factbook estimates as of 2014; Turkey: "Kurdish 18% ", Iran: "Kurd 10% ", Iraq: "Kurdish 15%-20% " Syria: "Kurds, Armenians, and other 9.7% ". * ^ "Kurdistan". Encyclopædia Britannica
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* ^ See * David Phillips (World Post column) "President Masoud Barzani of Iraqi Kurdistan
Iraqi Kurdistan
has pledged protection for Syrian Kurds from al-Nusra, a terrorist organization, which issued a fatwa calling for the killing of Kurdish women and children"

* David Phillips (World Post column) "Al-Nusra Front, Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate, issued a fatwa condoning the killing of Kurdish women and children" * ITNsource.com "A fatwa (edict) has been issued permitting the shedding of the blood of the Kurds and they called from the mosque loudspeakers that the shedding of the Kurdish blood is halal"

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in their thousands". The Guardian. * ^ "Syrian Kurds Flee To Iraq
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FURTHER READING

* Besikci, Ismail. Selected Writings Kurdistan
Kurdistan
and Turkish Colonialism. London: Published jointly by Kurdistan
Kurdistan
Solidarity Committee and Kurdistan
Kurdistan
Information Centre, 1991. 44 p. Without ISBN * King, Diane E. Kurdistan
Kurdistan
on the Global Stage: Kinship, Land, and Community in Iraq
Iraq
(Rutgers University Press; 2014) 267 pages; Scholarly study of traditional social networks, such as patron-client relations, as well as technologically mediated communication, in a study of gender, kinship, and social life in Iraqi Kurdistan. * Öcalan, Abdullah, Interviews and Speeches . London: Published jointly by Kurdistan
Kurdistan
Solidarity Committee and Kurdistan
Kurdistan
Information Centre, 1991. 46 p. Without ISBN * Reed, Fred A. Anatolia
Anatolia
Junction: a Journey into Hidden Turkey. Burnaby, B.C.: Talonbooks , 1999. 320 p., ill. with b;background:none transparent;border:none;-moz-box-shadow:none;-webkit-box-shadow:none;box-shadow:none;">v

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Kurdish organisations

TURKEY

* Communist Party of Kurdistan (KKP) * Democracy Party (DEP) * Democratic People\'s Party (DEHAP) * Democratic Society Party (DTP) * Democratic Regions Party (DBP) * Peoples\' Democratic Party (HDP) * Kurdistan Islamic Movement (HİK) * Kurdish Hizbollah * Islamic Party of Kurdistan (PİK) * Kurdistan Communities Union
Kurdistan Communities Union
(KCK) * Kurdistan Democratic Party/North (KDP/Bakur) * Kurdistan
Kurdistan
Workers\' Party (PKK) * People\'s Defence Forces (HPG) * Free Women\'s Units (YJA-STAR) * National Liberation Front of Kurdistan (ERNK) * Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) * People\'s Democracy Party (HADEP) * People\'s Labor Party (HEP) * Revolutionary Party of Kurdistan (PŞK) * Rights and Freedoms Party (HAK-PAR) * Society for the Rise of Kurdistan * Xoybûn (CSK) * Workers Vanguard Party of Kurdistan (PPKK) * Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) * Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) * Civil Protection Units (YPS) * Civil Protection Units-Women (YPS-Jin)

SYRIA

* Democratic Union Party (PYD) * Kurdish National Council (KNC-ENKS) * Kurdish Supreme Committee * Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria
Syria
(KDP-S) * Kurdish Democratic Political Union * Liwa Ahfad Saladin * People\'s Protection Units (YPG) * Women\'s Protection Units (YPJ) * Jabhat al-Akrad * Movement for a Democratic Society

IRAQ

* Action Party for the Independence of Kurdistan * Democratic National Union of Kurdistan (YNDK) * Democratic Patriotic Alliance of Kurdistan (DPAK) * Gorran * Kurdistan Islamic Group (IGK) * Kurdistan Islamic Movement (IMK) * Kurdish Tribal Association * Communist Party of Kurdistan Iraq
Iraq
* Kurdistan Conservative Party * Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) * Kurdistan Democratic Party – Progressive Front * Kurdistan Democratic Solution Party (PÇDK) * Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) * Kurdistan List * Kurdistan Revolutionary Party * Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party (KSDP) * Kurdistan
Kurdistan
Toilers\' Party (KZP) * Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) * Peshmerga * Êzîdxan Protection Force (HPŞ) * Service and Reform List * Shursh * Sinjar Resistance Units (YBŞ) * Êzîdxan Women\'s Units * Asayîşa Êzîdxanê * The Green Party of Kurdistan

IRAN

* Komala * Komalah (CPI) * Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran
Iran
(KDP-I) * Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) * Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) * Kurdistan Free Life Party
Kurdistan Free Life Party
(PJAK) * Khabat * Kurdish United Front (KUP) * Iranian Call and Reform Organization

LEBANON

* Kurdish Democratic Party * Razkari Party

DIASPORA

* European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress (KCD-E) * Kurdish Heritage Foundation of America * Kurdish Student Academic Association (KSAF)

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* Rojava * Kurdish nationalism * List of Kurdish dynasties and countries

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Iraqi Kurdistan
* Iranian Kurdistan * Turkish Kurdistan * Syrian Kurdistan

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* Kuwait * Assyrian homeland

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* Cyprus * Turkic peoples

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EUROPE

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Kosovo
* Republika Srpska

* Slovenia * Spain * Sweden * Switzerland * Ukraine * United Kingdom * Yugoslavia

AMERICAS

* Argentina * Bolivia * Canada * Guatemala * Mexico * Suriname * Venezuela

OCEANIA

* Australia * Papua New Guinea * Samoa * Vanuatu

Related concepts: BORDER CHANGES · PARTITIONISM · REUNIFICATION · REVANCHISM · RUMP STATE

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Members of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

AFRICA

* Afrikaners * Amazigh (Berberia) * Barotseland * Batwaland * Haratin
Haratin
* Ogaden * Ogoni * Oromia * Rehoboth * Somaliland
Somaliland
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Zanzibar

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District of Columbia

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Chittagong Hill Tracts
* Degar-Montagnards * Gilgit-Baltistan
Gilgit-Baltistan
( Balawaristan
Balawaristan
) * Hmong * Igorot (Cordillera) * Inner Mongolia
Inner Mongolia
* Khmer Krom * Kurdistan * South Moluccas * Moro * Nagaland
Nagaland
* Sindh
Sindh
* Taiwan
Taiwan
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Tibet
* Iraqi Turkmens * East Turkestan
East Turkestan
* West Papua

EUROPE

* Abkhazia
Abkhazia
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Brittany
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Kosovo
* Lezgiland * Crimean Tatars
Crimean Tatars
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Savoy
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