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My radio piece for the BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent. I speak to some of the men who keep the new Kurdistan safe, and find a new twist to the story of the last big attack against Erbil’s asayish.

Iraq’s Kurds fought passionately against Saddam Hussein. But after the US-led invasion toppled Saddam, the Kurdish region was able to buck the trend of sectarian violence that shook much of Iraq. And over the years it has become both stable and prosperous. However, that was before the militant group Isis re-emerged in Iraq. Cathy Otten meets an Iraqi Kurd general.

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Journalist based in Iraqi Kurdistan. Here's some of my work.