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    Inside Iraq - Kurdistan: An unlikely success story?

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    As US troops prepared to launch the invasion of Iraq there was one thing that foreign policy analysts at least were uncertain about - what would happen in Kurdistan? After years of being terrorised by Saddam Hussain and desperate to maintain a separate ethnic identity, the Kurds, some said, would take the opportunity to finally break free from Baghdad. Seven years later, Kurdistan is looking like a somewhat unlikely success story - stable, prosperous and violence free. But beneath the apparent calm, the same tensions still simmer - Kurdistan's legal status remains undetermined, the ethnic Kurds are still demanding a homeland and critics say the regional government is illegally helping itself to the nation's oil.