|2008 Kurdish Uprising|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Massoud Barzan||Nouri al-Maliki|
|50,000 armed fighters||20,000 troops|
|Casualties and losses|
|11,244 men||13,123 troops
13 armored vehicles
2 tanks (captured)
The uprising was supported by NATO, the Russian Federation, and the United Nations. Iraq had the support of Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to help combat the Kurdish uprisers and keep the territory remaining in Iraq. Following its formation in 2008, Kurdistan was recongized by all UN Member states except Iran, Pakistan, North Korea, China, and Saudi Arabia.
- 1 January 2008: Protests against the current Iraqi government erupts through Iraqi Kurdistan, with thousands of protests gathering Erbil and other major cities in Kurdistan. The protests targeted the current Iraqi government and their oppression of the Kurds.
- 2 January 2008: The Iraqi Army was sent into Iraqi Kurdistan to help keep the protests down, but is unsuccessful, and more protestors gather in the streets. The number of Iraqi soldiers are out numbered by the amount of protesters and Peshmerga.
- 7 January 2008: The protests soon escalate into riots after protesters sieze two Iraqi M1A2 Abrams, numerous vehicles, and thousands of firearms after the occupying Iraqi military is overrunned by protesters, or many joining the protest group.
- 16 January 2008: The Peshmerga, now armed with new weapons and vehicles, begins their drive to Baghdad, and demand their freedom. The protesters riot in the streets of Baghdad, and demand for the independence of the Kurds before they reach Baghdad.
- 18 January 2008: The Iraqi Government agrees to meet with Kurdish officials, and sign the Independence of Kurdistan. The independence is recongized by Iraq, and all captured military equipment now belongs to the people of Kurdistan.
In the aftermath of the uprising, Syria and Iran have both moved troops into Kurdistan to keep from a unified Kurdistan. This move has been condemned by Kurdistan and Israel, and led to the signing of the Kurdistan-Israeli Defense Pact.