Map of Kurdish-inhabited areas in the Middle East and the Soviet Union. Image from the 1986 CIA World Factbook depicting Kurdish-inhabited areas of the USSR and the Middle East – including Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.
Of Persian origin, the Kurds are a group of tribes who are geographically spread across a vast region, which isn’t helped by the way their land was divided after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
Related Disputes: Greater Kurdistan / Iranian Kurdistan / Iraqi Kurdistan / Syrian Kurdistan / Turkish Kurdistan
Original Source: Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas (via 1986 CIA World Factbook)