Until then the kurds are focused on Kurdistan, or territory close to their lines and necessary for self-defense.
They are kurds, Iraqis, Somalis, Turks, Bosnians, who live on the periphery of the city.
During the rule of Saddam Hussein, kurds were forced out of their homes in Kirkuk.
1610s, the people's self-designation.
A linguistically and culturally distinct people who inhabit parts of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and the former Soviet Union. Once part of the Ottoman Empire, they long have sought an independent nation-state, but without success. After his defeat in the Persian Gulf War, Saddam Hussein brutally repressed rebellious Kurds in northern Iraq.