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Iraqi Kurds
JANUARY 2006
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Ethnic Showdown
Photograph by Ed Kashi

In the city of Kirkuk, one of the most hotly contested places in Iraq, members of a Kurdish security force patrol an otherwise deserted street. "The place is hell on Earth," says National Geographic writer Frank Viviano. "Suicide bombers, drive-by shootings, targeted assassinations, you name it." Kirkuk has been Kurdish for thousands of years, according to the Kurds' tradition, though it now lies just outside their de facto territory. Saddam Hussein evicted Kurds from the city and repopulated it with Arabs. But now the Kurds want Kirkuk back—and are returning by the thousands. There's more than ethnic pride and history at stake here: Kirkuk sits on one of Iraq's largest oil reserves.


Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Film Type: Digital
Lens: 23mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/13

Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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