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Practical Politics Upstages Ethnicity as Kurdish Leader Backs Turkey’s Erdogan

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani's public support of Turkey's president in putting down a military coup reflects his strongly pragmatic approach to regional power politics. Despite President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent, severe crackdown on Turkish and Syrian Kurds, the Iraqi Kurdish leader praised the Turkish people for coming out on the streets to fight for their “democratically elected” leader. “Attempts to overthrow an elected civilian government by using arms is...

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