Ethnic Turkmen unrest in Iran and Iraq

I thought I was on to something – You almost never hear about ethnic Turkmens anywhere, but we’re heard about them twice in the last couple of weeks. First, Ethnic Turkmen Revolt in Baluchistan and Kurdistan in Iran. And now Iraqi Turkmens are asking for protection. I thought something was up.

However, my friend David Hunsicker, who knows everything there is to know about the Muslim world, tells me that Iranian Turkmens and Iraqi Turkmens are not actually the same ethnic group, and therefore the two news reports are most likely not related.