Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)

The largest party in Iraqi Kurdistan (autonomous region in Iraq) and main pillar of the Kurdistan Regional Government. Led by the Barzani family since its creation in 1946, the KDP has dominated Iraqi Kurdish politics. The KDP has a history of making deals with Turkey to oust the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), which both see as a threat. The KDP controls parts of the Peshmerga, armed branch of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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