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The Kurdistan factor

Reader comment on item: Iran's Strategic Intentions and Capabilities

Submitted by Jeremy Hoff (United States), Jul 9, 2004 at 02:39

What portion of the discontented Iranian Sunnis identify with Kurdistan? Has the fall of Saddam intrinsically intensified Iranian-Sunni discontentment by strengthening the hope of a united Kurdish state? I know that Iranian Kurds say they are Iranian first, then Kurdish, but they may be too afraid of regime oppression to speak plainly. Could the ancient racial gap between the Aryans and Meads be compounding Sheite / Suni tensions?

Thank you,
Jeremy Hoff

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Good questions, which I cannot quite reply to except to say "no" to the final one.

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