Even today, Iraq is a blind spot in terms of genetic studies despite its old and rich history. In order to partly fill this gap I want to present autosomal DNA data from Iraqi individuals using Dodecad K12b.
1 Arab from South Iraq
2 Arabs from Baghdad
1 Yezidi Kurd
2 Kurmanji Kurd
9 Sorani Kurds
3 Feyli Kurds
The three most obvious observations:
1. The South Iraqi is an outlier in the data set suggesting very recent migration into Iraq. The South Iraqi individual clusters with Bedouins. More than 10% of his ancestry is African.
2. Kurds have more of the Northern European component (5-8%), however, the Arab Baghdadi2 and Assyrian2 also shows some of it (~2%) suggesting some admixture with Kurds or other Iranians.
3. The South Asian component can be found in Arabs (2.9%±1.5%) and Kurds (3.1%±1.5%) but is rare in other Iraqi minorities.
Note: Blogger Mfa from corduene.blogspot.com helped me setting up the interactive chart below.
The K12b values of Saudis and Bedouins (from Dodecad K12b):