Kurdistan Independence: Gleam of hope for Somaliland

By Mohamed Abdilahi Duale:

Somaliland; Image - BBC

Somaliland; Image – BBC

During the last several weeks, it has become clear that the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan has been fervently debated in the political circles of the international community. This came after ISIS militants occupied many strategic towns in Iraq and the Iraqi military was not able to protect Iraqi citizens from the militants, and collapsed eventually. And after Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi’s autonomous region of Kurdistan had officially announced that there will be a referendum for independence in the coming months.

Iraqi Kurdistan and Somaliland share many important underlying factors, and it is the thesis of this piece to explain.

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Kobanê Frontline in Pictures

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