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The battle ranks as one of the 10 most important battles in all of world history having brought the armies of Alexander the Great of Macedonia and Darius III of Persia together. At the end of the day, Darius was driven off the field (again), and for all intents and purposes, the Persian Empire was dead.

Actually, it's quite easy to do, getting off the beaten path.
The article below from an archaeology magazine talks of many places to visit that illustrate Kurdistan's rich cultural heritage. 
​Some sites are among the oldest in the world - Shanidar Cave, Erbil Citadel, Dwin Castle, the Jerwan aqueduct, Gaugamela, Lalish, Mount Maqlub, Al-Qosh, and Koye. 

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In describing the people of Kurdistan (Kurdistanis), someone, someplace, sometime ago wrote something like this: 

"Kurdistanis are a people who are more like themselves than like anybody else."

This simple (brilliant!) English sentence says everything while it says nothing.  

Just who are the Kurdistanis?

September 11 is (also) the anniversary date of the Kurdistan revolution that began in 1961.  From his assignment in Beirut, The New York Times Middle East correspondent Dana Adams Schmidt “disappeared in Kurdistan” during the summer of 1962 for 59 days. Avoiding Syrian, Turkish, Iranian, and Iraqi authorities, Schmidt trekked with peshmerga and rode donkey, mule, and horse across today’s Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  Following this assignment he received a prestigious award, “For the best reporting requiring exceptional courage and enterprise abroad.”

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