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Dec 8th 2012 2:14PM Great article. I spent two months teaching English in Iraqi Kurdistan this summer, visiting cities from Erbil to Dohuk and Zaxo. Your first impressions seem to match my experience as well, the Kurds are so hospitable to Americans. They need to be recognized by the international community as a stable region and gain their own independence before the chaos of Baghdad spills over to Erbil.