Why Iran Fears an Independent Kurdistan

Why Iran Fears an Independent Kurdistan

July 25, 2014

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style=""><span class="color_2">Tehran is increasingly nervous about a potential bid by Iraq’s&nbsp;Kurds for independence. First, an independent Kurdish state next door could incite Iran’s own Kurdish minority, setting a dangerous precedent in the multiethnic country. Second, the two countries likely to have the most leverage over an independent Kurdistan would be Turkey and Israel, Iran’s regional rivals. From Tehran’s perspective, a Kurdish blowback inside Iran and a Turkish and Israeli geopolitical win at its expense </span></span><span class="color_2"><span style="">has</span></span><span style=""><span class="color_2"> to be thwarted.</span></span></p>

Why Iran Fears an Independent Kurdistan

Why Iran Fears an Independent Kurdistan

July 25, 2014

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style=""><span class="color_2">Tehran is increasingly nervous about a potential bid by Iraq’s&nbsp;Kurds for independence. First, an independent Kurdish state next door could incite Iran’s own Kurdish minority, setting a dangerous precedent in the multiethnic country. Second, the two countries likely to have the most leverage over an independent Kurdistan would be Turkey and Israel, Iran’s regional rivals. From Tehran’s perspective, a Kurdish blowback inside Iran and a Turkish and Israeli geopolitical win at its expense </span></span><span class="color_2"><span style="">has</span></span><span style=""><span class="color_2"> to be thwarted.</span></span></p>

Why Iran Fears an Independent Kurdistan

Why Iran Fears an Independent Kurdistan

July 25, 2014

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style=""><span class="color_2">Tehran is increasingly nervous about a potential bid by Iraq’s&nbsp;Kurds for independence. First, an independent Kurdish state next door could incite Iran’s own Kurdish minority, setting a dangerous precedent in the multiethnic country. Second, the two countries likely to have the most leverage over an independent Kurdistan would be Turkey and Israel, Iran’s regional rivals. From Tehran’s perspective, a Kurdish blowback inside Iran and a Turkish and Israeli geopolitical win at its expense </span></span><span class="color_2"><span style="">has</span></span><span style=""><span class="color_2"> to be thwarted.</span></span></p>

Why Iran Fears an Independent Kurdistan

Why Iran Fears an Independent Kurdistan

July 25, 2014

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style=""><span class="color_2">Tehran is increasingly nervous about a potential bid by Iraq’s&nbsp;Kurds for independence. First, an independent Kurdish state next door could incite Iran’s own Kurdish minority, setting a dangerous precedent in the multiethnic country. Second, the two countries likely to have the most leverage over an independent Kurdistan would be Turkey and Israel, Iran’s regional rivals. From Tehran’s perspective, a Kurdish blowback inside Iran and a Turkish and Israeli geopolitical win at its expense </span></span><span class="color_2"><span style="">has</span></span><span style=""><span class="color_2"> to be thwarted.</span></span></p>