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DavidV

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https://english.aawsat.com/amir-taheri/opinion/kurdish-referendum-imbroglio

There were some Islamic dynasties of Kurdish origin (the Ayyubids above all), and Kurdish emirates in Kurdistan more or less self-ruling until the 19th Century. Unlike Scotland or Catalonia, there may be something more desirable about a new nation-state coming into being.

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Well the first Kurdish state to come inot existance after the First World War was proclaimed as a monarchy, with Sheikh Mahmud Barzanji ruling it as King for about two years before it came to an end. Sadly both subsequent Kurdish states, that being the Ararat Republic between 1927 and 1930 and the Mahabad republic in 1946 were both republics, with the latter one seeking the support of the Soviets.

Even now with the Kurdish Regional Goverment, it seems they'd simply wish to retain their President after the creation of a State, since no one's breathed a word about possibly restoring the heirs of King Mahmud, despite his status as an icon for Kurdish statehood and emancipation.
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I'm a Kurdish nationalist. I support Kurdish independence from Iraq, despite independent Kurdistan becoming a republic. 
Here is some arguments for supporting Kurdish independence from Iraq:
1. The Kurds have been victims of an attempted genocide by the Iraqi state.
2. Kurdistan doesn't share much cultural heritage with Iraq, because Kurdish is an Iranic language, and Kurdistan is part of the Iranic cultural sphere, while Iraq belongs to the Arab world.
3. The Kurds didn't voluntarily join Iraq, and Turkey claimed South (Iraqi) Kurdistan as part of the territory of Turkey in the Turkish National Pact, which the Ottoman parliament approved in 1920. The Turkish National Pact relinquished the Arab territories of the Ottoman Empire.
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Originally Posted by azadi
I'm a Kurdish nationalist. I support Kurdish independence from Iraq, despite independent Kurdistan becoming a republic. 
Here is some arguments for supporting Kurdish independence from Iraq:
1. The Kurds have been victims of an attempted genocide by the Iraqi state.
2. Kurdistan doesn't share much cultural heritage with Iraq, because Kurdish is an Iranic language, and Kurdistan is part of the Iranic cultural sphere, while Iraq belongs to the Arab world.
3. The Kurds didn't voluntarily join Iraq, and Turkey claimed South (Iraqi) Kurdistan as part of the territory of Turkey in the Turkish National Pact, which the Ottoman parliament approved in 1920. The Turkish National Pact relinquished the Arab territories of the Ottoman Empire.


an independent kurdistan would make me happy (especially as breaking away from the republic of iraq doesnt bother me at all) if iraq had been a kingdom i would have been more reluctant as the kurds were actually represented by a star in the royal iraqi coat of arms. however if an independent break away kurdistan from the kingdom of iraq would become a kingdom itself i would not hesitate a second but support kurdistan. 
azadi

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I would have supported Kurdish independence from Iraq, even if Iraq had remained a monarchy. I support Kurdish independence from Iraq regardless of systems of government. Kurdistan being subject to an Arab monarchy makes no sense, because Kurds aren't Arabs, and the Iraqi state oppressed the Kurds, when Iraq was ruled by Hashemite kings. The Kurds were never loyal to the Hashemite kings of Iraq, but the Kurds were loyal to the Ottoman Sultans. 
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