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Iraqi Kurdistan and the Kurdish Movement

My Master’s thesis dealt with the effect of an independent Iraqi Kurdistan on the Kurdish movement in which I specifically examined what effect increasing the level of autonomy in Iraqi Kurdistan have had on Kurdish secessionist groups in Syria, Iran, and Turkey.  Considering I spent last whole year engrossed in researching the operations of Kurdish rebel groups in Iraqi Kurdistan, coming across a documentary which provides a firsthand look at the Iranian Kurdish guerrilla groups in Iraqi Kurdistan was like opening a birthday present.  The Vanguard correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to the Iraq-Iran border and visits the camps of these rebel groups in the rugged Qandil mountains.  The documentary, America’s Secret War With Iran, also investigates if these Kurdish rebel groups are being used as a proxy by the United States to fight a war with Iran.  Even if you are not as much in love with the Kurdish issue as I am, I still think you will enjoy this documentary.  It provides an insight into the treatment of the Kurds in Iran, the smuggling route between the two countries, the role women are playing in these rebel groups, and the cross-border dimension of the Kurdish issue.  Plus it is very short:

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Sahar Zubairy

Sahar Zubairy recently graduated from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas- Austin with Masters in Global Policy Studies. She graduated from Texas A&M University with Phi Beta Kappa honors in May 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. In Summer 2008, she was the Southwest Asia/Gulf Intern at the Henry L. Stimson Center, where she researched Iran and the Persian Gulf. She was also a member of a research team that helped develop a website investigating the possible effects of closure of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf by Iran.