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Iraqi Kurd president: Ready to defend Kurds in Syria if threatened by al-Qaida-linked fighters

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Kurdistan is ready to defend Kurds living in Syria if it is found that they are being threatened by al-Qaida-linked fighters involved in the Syrian civil war, the president of the well-armed autonomous region said.
In a letter posted online on Saturday, Masoud Barzani said he had directed Kurdish representatives to go to neighboring Syria to investigate news reports that the "terrorists of al-Qaida are attacking the civilian population and slaughtering innocent Kurdish women and children."His statement was a further sign of how Syria's two-year conflict is spilling over its borders and aggravating sectarian tensions in adjacent countries.
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