Barzani: fall of the Kurdish 'lord of the mountain'

Barzani: fall of the Kurdish 'lord of the mountain'President Massud Barzani, who said Sunday he was stepping down, founded Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region but was also responsible for sparking its gravest crisis with his drive for independence. The son of iconic Kurdish nationalist leader Mullah Mustafa Barzani and the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) since 1979, the 71-year-old joined the fight for an independent Kurdistan as a teenager. Born on August 16, 1946 in Mahabad, capital of a Kurdish republic declared by his father amid unrest in Iran following World War II, Barzani’s dream of independence was also shattered by his own actions.



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