... for years, especially after the no fly zones protected the north of Iraq from much of Saddam's aggressions against the ethnic kurdish populations during much of the 1990s. Iran has supplied many commercial goods over the years to the Kurds and shares economic ties despite the fact that many Kurds don't practice the same religion as the Iranians.
"Ahmadinejad Accepts Invitation to Visit Iraq"
"Deputy Foreign Minister Labeed Abawi said the invitation to the Iranian leader was extended by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani,
a Kurd who has close relations with Iran's ruling clergy."
how does it fit into the tale