As various battles between separatist Kurds and Iraqi government forces continued until the 1991 uprisings in Iraq, the safety of Kurdish refugees led to the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688 which was used as a justification to implement Operation Provide Comfort, a multilateral military operation that ensured the security of the Iraqi Kurdish region through the use of air power while simultaneously providing humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing persecution.
Shortly thereafter, an uneasy balance of power was reached, and Iraq withdrew its military and government officials from the region in October 1991.
They are wary of Westerners and their cultural differences, which threaten to subvert Kurdish traditions.
Kurdistan is one of the fastest-developing and increasingly diverse places in the Middle East, but Kurds are highly aware of preserving their culture, and thus they keep foreign cultures at a distance.
When I was traveling, many Kurdish mothers took me under their wings, invited me in for dinner, and ceaselessly interrogated me about America.
If you ever have the chance, spend time with Kurdish families, and come hungry for dinner!