After independence vote, Kurdish leaders feel under siege

Kurdish men smoke a water pipe in central Irbil, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. In Sept. 2017, Iraq’s Kurds celebrated their symbolic vote for independence, but instead of moving forward with negotiations toward a smooth divorce from Baghdad, they have lost their most important oil-producing city to Iraqi troops, squeezing a hurting economy and dashing the hopes of an independent state. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)


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