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Iraq's Kurds and the Battle to Defeat Daesh

Political disunity in Iraqi Kurdistan risks undermining efforts to combat Daesh

In recent months, instability has gripped Iraqi Kurdistan after its main political parties became embroiled in a dispute over the regional government’s presidency. Massoud Barzani, who has held the position since 2005, has fought to extend his term. However, he faces serious challenges from his rivals, who accuse him of monopolising power and argue that attempts to extend his term are unconstitutional. The dispute over the presidency has provoked widespread public unease and

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