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Kurds: Iranian ethnic group
Kurds or Kurdish people are an Iranic ethnic group native to a mountainous region of Western Asia known as Kurdistan, which spans southeastern Turkey, northwestern Iran, northern Iraq, and northern Syria. There are exclaves of Kurds in Central Anatolia, Khorasan, and the Caucasus, as well as significant Kurdish diaspora communities in the cities of western Turkey and Western Europe. The Kurdish population is estimated to be between 30 and 45 million.

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Special Report: How Turkey’s courts turned on Erdogan's foes

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Exclusive: U.S. halts secretive drone program with Turkey over Syria incursion

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