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The Kurds in Iraq

A funeral of a Kurdish fighter killed in the fighting against the islamic state in Kobani, November 2014 /Photo Corbis
A funeral of a Kurdish fighter killed in the fighting against the islamic state in Kobani, November 2014 /Photo Corbis

The Kurds, constituting one of the oldest nations of the Middle East, are in the spotlight in 2014 as they fiercely defend their territory against attacks by Islamic State, with the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane becoming a symbol of Kurdish persistence and emerging unity.