Today in Middle Eastern history: the Republic of Mahabad is born (1946)

Really though, the Republic of Mahabad was an experiment in Iranian Kurdish self-rule that survived all the way from January (January 22, to be precise) 1946 until December, um, 1946, when the Iranians decided that they weren’t really all that keen on the idea of Iranian Kurdish self-rule. It involved Kurdish nationalism, the overthrow of the Shah of Iran, World War II intrigue, and, best of all: commies.

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