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The 'other Iraq' - Iraqi Kurdistan

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While most people still think of Iraq as a place of extremist violence, some say Iraqi Kurdistan is a vision of how the country could be.

Erbil, the region's capital, gives off a sense of prosperity, while the whole area has a reputation for liberal tolerance.

Jiyar Gol of BBC Persian Television reports from Erbil.

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