The lesson of the war on ISIS is that part of the Middle East cannot be seen as a collection of independent states.
Baghdad seeks to weaken the Kurdistan autonomous region as Iran and the United States compete over Iraq’s role in the post-ISIS era.
With ISIS out of the way, underlying tensions have come to the surface.
The Kurdish region wants to think in the long-term, but even the short-term looks difficult.
There are repercussions tied to America's actions in Syria that will impact the entire Middle East region.
Up to two dozen are killed a month in the conflict.
The Kurdish region faces a multiplicity of hurdles as it prepares for the "yes to independence" referendum.
In reaching Iraq’s border with Syria, the militias have reached a new phase of their mission.
The United States will come and go, but Iraq's divisions will remain.
And at the center of it all are the Kurds.
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