Kurdistan interactive map

Wednesday 1 June 2016
by  Amitiés kurdes de Bretagne

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This map is improved by regular work, based on research from reliable sources. It is regularly updated - two to three times a week if necessary - through geographic information on military operations. It is directly accessible from the tab “Carte du Kurdistan” on the top left of the page. The updates are quoted in subtitle area and are posted regularly on the twitter account @AmKurBret. Thanks to @Syria_Rebel_Obs ; @Kobane_YPG ; @MarkMonmonier ; @DefenseUnits ; @deSyracuse ; @ChuckPfarrer ; @anfenglish ; @jackshahine ; @comcen76 ; @_paulo34 ; @ColdKurd ; @Avashin ; @sylezjusz

This is a regularly completed dynamic map. The amount of information may however harm the readability when the zoom level is low (“+ / -” at the top left). In this case a click on “Légende” at the bottom right allows to access to the layers’ list and to give priority to some data groups.

Otherwise it is a location map and not a chronological one : it first presents data that does not change (layers 1 and 3) or slowly (layers 2 and 4). Layers 5, as for them, present very numerous and highly volatile data, so events older than 21 days are archived month by month (layers “9 ...”). However, it is possible to get a chronological vision in the “Légende” window : click on the top on “Visualiser les données” and then proceed layers, events in layers 5 & 9 are listed in chronological order.

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Note: all of Kurdistan mapping attempt is a transaction between different sources, such as the dozen of Kurdistan maps from all the trends of the Kurdish national movement, ethnolinguists maps, etc.
In detail, for this provisional map :
- in Iraq dashes mark the KRG control area before the ISIS attack, the rest of the yellow area is the mainly Kurdish claim. The HPG Medya Defence Zone is in light red ;
- for Iran we rely on zoning usually used, following the administrative divisions ;
- for Turkey the red limits are an interesting thought on the possible division into cantons. Turkish military operations are represented by the Turkish emblem, police operations by the police logo, aerial bombardments by the roundel of the Air Force. Prohibited areas (ZTS) are represented by the traditional ’prohibited area’ Turkish panel ;
- for Rojava this is the maximum territorial extension of the three cantons before the arrival of ISIS (2013). This delimitation is therefore very temporary, waiting for a comprehensive policy mapping, from Qamishlo to Afrin, to be specified by the Kurds themselves. For information, we have decided to include (in bright green) the territory between the cantons that was largely populated by Kurds, not included into the three free cantons and that has been subject of ethnic cleansing policies since the beginning of the war.


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