Iraqi Kurdish football fans holding a Kurdistan flag bearing a slogan as an Iraqi national flag flies during the AFC Cup final football match between Erbil club and Kuwait SC in the Erbil on Nov. 3, 2012. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

Early 20th Century Kurdish Calvary. Sadly, Kurds have long been discriminated against as an ethnic minority in many Middle Eastern countries. Credits: worldatlas.com