On September 25, Iraqi Kurdistan held a referendum regarding independence from Iraq. The overwhelmingly positive decision to push for independence was met on October 16 by a combination of Iraqi military forces and the PMU (an Iranian-backed militia). These forces invaded Iraqi Kurdistan, retook the disputed oilfield of Kirkuk, looted homes, and punished Sunni Muslims as they moved in with tanks and howitzers. In this podcast, Stephen describes the U.S. abandonment of the Kurds as “absolutely stunning.” Find out why it’s so important that the U.S. government and press should begin paying attention to the situation.