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Sunni Arabs feel sting of discrimination in northern Iraq
Sunni Arabs feel sting of discrimination in northern Iraq

Having fled encroaching Islamic State militants, Ali Hussein Abbas, his wife and two young children arrived at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the capital of the Kurdistan region, hoping to find refuge. But the Kurdish peshmerga soldiers at the checkpoint told Abbas, a Kurd, that only he and the youngsters, and not his wife, a Sunni Arab, could pass through. Refusing to break up the family, they and four more families from the city of Mosul spent weeks below an underpass with only a tarp to protect them from the elements. "They said, 'Arabs are not allowed in, they're banned,'" said Abbas, who, after multiple rejections, donned his own peshmerga uniform and...

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