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Iraq's Demographics

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Judith Yaphe, senior research fellow at National Defense University about the demographic make-up of Iraq, and how that will affect Iraq's future. She says Sunni Arabs account for only about 17 percent of the population. Shia Arabs 60 percent; Kurds -- mostly Sunni -- about 20 percent; and Turkmen only about three percent, though they claim much higher numbers.

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Robert Siegel
Prior to his retirement, Robert Siegel was the senior host of NPR's award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered. With 40 years of experience working in radio news, Siegel hosted the country's most-listened-to, afternoon-drive-time news radio program and reported on stories and happenings all over the globe, and reported from a variety of locations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. He signed off in his final broadcast of All Things Considered on January 5, 2018.