In Western press outlets, Iran’s opposition to Iraqi Kurds’ independence is generally explained by one simple sentence: “In order to avoid similar demands from their own Kurdish minority, Tehran is opposed to Kurdish independence in Iraq.” However, in this article, I argue that, among other factors, Iran’s repressive state apparatus prevents a strong Kurdish opposition movement from developing. I argue that the main reason for Iran’s aversion towards Kurdish independence in Iraq comes from the ruling KDP’s close ties with Israel. I then trace the forgotten history between both allies.

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