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Sunnistan, Shiastan and Kurdistan

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Approximate areas of ethno-religious groups' majority regions (Sunni Arabs in green, Shia Arabs in dark green, and Kurds in yellow; minorities in grey)

It has been proposed by international powers that Iraq and Syria be divided into Sunnistan, Shiastan and Kurdistan.[1] Sunnistan would become a Sunni Arab state in northwest Iraq and eastern Syria, Shiastan a Shia Arab state in southeast Iraq, and Kurdistan in northern Syria and northern Iraq, whose people are Sunni Kurds and to a lesser extent, Christian Assyrians.

Most of the Sunni Arab area in Syria and Iraq is occupied by government forces.
All of the Shia Arab area in Iraq is controlled by the Federal government of Iraq or Shiite militias.
All of the Kurdish areas in Syria are controlled by Rojava, while all Kurdish areas in Iraq are controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government.

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Further readingEdit

  • Kaufmann, Chaim (2009). "Kurdistan, Sunnistan, and Shiastan" (PDF). Solomon Asch Center. 
  • "Creating Sunnistan: Foreign Affairs Calls for Syria and Iraq to be Balkanized". NEO. 2015. 
  • Hiltermann, J. (2007). "A new sectarian threat in the Middle East?". International Review of the Red Cross. 89 (868): 795–808. 
  • Eklund, K.; O’Leary, B.; Williams, P. R. (2005). "Negotiating a federation in Iraq". The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq: 235–50. 
  • O’Leary, B. (2010). "Thinking about Asymmetry and Symmetry in the Remaking of Iraq". Asymmetric Autonomy and the Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts: 183–210. 
  • Visser, R. (2008). "Historical myths of a divided Iraq". Survival. 50 (2): 95–106. 
  • Khaddour, K.; Mazur, K. (2013). "The Struggle for Syria's Regions". Middle East Report. 43: 269–. 
  • Visser, R. (2010). "The territorial aspect of sectarianism in Iraq". International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies. 4 (3): 295–304.