Kurds win land and oil in Iraq's chaos but face new challenges

June 19, 2014 4:47 PM

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Kurds win land and oil in Iraq's chaos but face new challenges

MULA ABDULA, Iraq – Among rolling wheat fields with machine-gun fire rattling in the distance, Kurdish fighters patrol the new frontier of their autonomous region of northern Iraq, dozens of miles from their official border. In front of them are Islamic militants, behind them is the Kurds' newly captured prize, stretches of oil-rich territory.

In Iraq's chaos, the Kurds are emerging as significant winners — and their victories are fueling sentiment among their population to declare outright independence.

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