Without a nation of their own, the Kurds have been fighting oppression for centuries, all the way to the present day. In fact, Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers are key forces right now in the battle against ISIS. But Kurdish history — a story of persecution, war and resilience — is largely untold. A new museum would help change that.
Fijian soldiers have been part of UN peacekeeping operations in Iraq since 2004. Five have been killed and others are being held captive by the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda. One way the brigade stays committed and strong is to sing. And they believe it keeps them safe, as well.
Nadhim Zahawi is a Kurd born in Iraq, but he represents Stratford-on-Avon in the British Parliament. He recently returned home to northern Iraq to see what the British government could do to help in the current crisis.
As ISIS forces closed in on the de facto Kurdish capital, residents of the city tried to keep their daily lives going. Now, after an American intervention, the future looks more secure, though some Kurds fear that the aid may carry a heavy price for them.
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