Iraq: The Men of the Mountains

There the Greeks spent a happy night, with plenty to eat, talking about the struggle now past. For they had been seven days passing through the country of the Kurds, fighting all the time, and they had suffered worse things at the hands of the Kurds than all that the King of Persia, and his general, Tissaphernes, could do to them.

—Anabasis of Xenophon

Enemies of the Kurds have always had a hard time of it, from Xenophon and his ten thousand Greeks in 400 B.C., through Persians, Mongols, Turks, Crusaders, Arabs and British, up to this year,...

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