(CNN)Here's some background information about the Kurdish people. Kurds do not have an official homeland or country. Most reside within countries in the Middle East including northern Iraq, eastern Turkey, western Iran and small portions of northern Syria and Armenia.
Area: Roughly 74,000 sq mi
Kurds have never achieved nation-state status, making Kurdistan a non-governmental region.
October 30, 1918 - (TURKEY) - The Armistice of Mudros marks the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I.