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By Freya Stark

Hailed as a vintage upon its first ebook in 1934, The Valleys of the Assassins firmly tested Freya Stark as considered one of her generation's so much intrepid explorers. The booklet chronicles her travels into Luristan, the mountainous terrain nestled among Iraq and present-day Iran, usually with just a unmarried consultant and on a shoestring price range. Stark writes engagingly of the nomadic peoples who inhabit the region's valleys and brings to lifestyles the tales of the traditional kingdoms of the center East, together with that of the Lords of Alamut, a band of hashish-eating terrorists whose stronghold within the Elburz Mountains Stark used to be the 1st to rfile for the Royal Geographical Society. Her account is instantaneously a hugely readable shuttle narrative and a richly drawn, sympathetic portrait of a humans informed from their very own compelling viewpoint. This variation incorporates a new advent through Jane Fletcher Geniesse, Stark's biographer.

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The United States has already betrayed the Kurds twice in the past (1975 and 1991) and can hardly wait to pull its troops out of Iraq now. The Iraq Study Group Report, co-chaired by James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton and released in December 2006, also suggested that the hard-won Kurdish federal state might have to be sacrificed to the perceived need for a reestablished centralized Iraqi state. However, the George W. Bush administration rejected the overall report and, in December 2009, the new Barack Obama administration publicly promised to broker disputes between the KRG and the Baghdad government in return for the KRG accepting a slightly smaller percentage of seats in the next Iraqi parliament scheduled to be elected in March 2010.

Previously, the Turkish army had entered northern Iraq any time it desired in pursuit of the PKK. Iraq The Kurds in Iraq have been in an almost constant state of revolt ever since Great Britain artificially created Iraq—according to the SykesPicot Agreement of World War I—out of the former Ottoman vilayets (provinces) of Mosul, Baghdad, and Basra. There are three major reasons for this rebellious situation. First, the Kurds in Iraq long constituted a greater proportion of the population than they did in any other state they inhabited.

Indd 1 9/16/10 9:38 AM 2 • INTRODUCTION LAND AND PEOPLE Geography Given various political, economic, and social vicissitudes, the geographic extent of Kurdistan has varied considerably over the centuries. Although semi-independent Kurdish emirates such as Ardalan existed into the middle of the 19th century, there has never been an independent Kurdistan in the modern sense of an independent state. Before World War I, Kurdistan was divided between the Ottoman (mostly) and Persian empires. Following World War I, Kurdistan was divided among five different states.

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