Who and what are the Kurds?

I know they're a culture group (if that's the correct term?) but if someone could drop a brief history and an update on what they are doing nowadays (in regards independence and ISIS). They seem to be under severe discrimination for the Turks and I can't seem to find a decent explanation anywhere... show more I know they're a culture group (if that's the correct term?) but if someone could drop a brief history and an update on what they are doing nowadays (in regards independence and ISIS). They seem to be under severe discrimination for the Turks and I can't seem to find a decent explanation anywhere without a massive amount of bias, so it's for that reason I would like an OUTSIDE opinion, neither a Kurd nor a Turk, as neither seem to be able give a neutral answer to me.
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