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Kurds' struggle intensifies ethnic conflict in Kirkuk

As former exiles, Munir al-Makafili and Suhan Said have much in common. Mr. Makafili, an ethnic Turkmen, spent 20 years outside Kirkuk, most of it in Baghdad’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison for joining an illicit political party. Ms. Said, an ethnic Kurd, fared little better. Her husband was executed by Saddam Hussein’s regime in 1988. She doesn’t know why. A month later, police came to her rented home, gave her and her 4-year-old daughter an hour to pack, and trundled them off to a refugee camp in Iraq’s Kurd-dominated Northwest. Full Story

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