A New Sarajevo in The Making?

Sheik Hassan Assi could see that the burly Kurdish guerrilla leader was in no mood to bargain. The Kurd, he recalls, backed him against a wall and shook his forefinger, saying, "Shame on you, Sheik, for building a house on Kurdish land. You knew we would be back one day, even if it took us 100 years!" For Assi, an Arab, it was not just a house but a dream home, a resplendent country estate on the outskirts of Kirkuk, on which he had spent his life's fortune. The Kurd, Mohammed Abdullah, had moved into the house after the fall of...

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