More than 200,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees have moved into Iraqi Kurdistan. They have crossed an international border to be sure, yet it is, in the Kurdish world view, a passage from one part of their homeland to another. The Kurds disregard these frontiers, imposed on the Fertile Crescent almost a century ago by Anglo-French power.
Massoud Barzani , president of Iraqi Kurdistan, called for early elections in the semi-autonomous region after days of protests demanding better services and more accountability from elected officials.
An economic collapse fueled by bombings is pushing tens of thousands of Syrians to cross into neighboring Iraq in the largest exodus since Syria’s civil war erupted more than two years ago, the United Nations refugee agency said.