Nashville Kurds Protest Iraq Study Group Report

Nashville (AP) -- About 100 Kurds protested in Nashville Monday against the recently released Iraq Study Group Report.

Demonstrators stood outside the federal courthouse, waving Kurdish and American flags.

Isa Chalky fled the Kurdish dominated region of Iraq in 1988 and came to Nashville, home to the largest community of expatriate Kurds.

Chalky said the report's recommendations would create civil war and more problems in the future.

Local Kurds also opposed the study's suggestion that oil fields in the Kurdish region in northern Iraq and the city of Kirkuk be controlled by the central Iraqi government.

Kovan Murat fled Kurdistan, but worries that his relatives in the Middle East could be caught up in a civil war.

The 21-year-old said the study group should have consulted more closely with Kurds when drawing up the plan.

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