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Old 08-28-2013   #161
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Default Updates on the Kurds

The position of the Kurds in Syria re-appeared last week with news of a large exodus across a new pontoon bridge into Iraqi Kurdistan, which was briefly reported and then - as the Kurds know too well - disappeared. See:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23745201

Here is a report, with more details on the fighting between the Kurds and the Jihadists:http://www.opendemocracy.net/rozh-ah...nd-mass-exodus
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Old 11-16-2013   #162
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Syria’s Kurds have strengthened their hold on the north-east of the country, carving out territory as they drive out #Islamic militant fighters #allied to the rebellion and declaring their own civil administration in areas under their control.

This week’s moves could be a first step toward creating an autonomous region similar to the one Kurds run across the border as virtually a separate country within Iraq. But the Kurds’ drive has angered rebels fighting to topple Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Link:http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/s...grip-1-3191214
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Default Explaining Iraqi Kurdistan’s Policy Towards Syria, Interview With Wladimir van Wilgen

The conflict in neighboring Syria has provided both opportunities and problems for Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Kurdish President Massoud Barzani and to a lesser extent the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have attempted to forge ties with Syrian Kurds and shape events there to their benefit. These have only met with limited success as the Syrians have their own agendas. To help explain this policy is Wladimir van Wilgenburg who until recently was based in Irbil, and is an analyst for the Jamestown Foundation out of Washington DC, and writes for Al Monitor.

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MERIA, Fall 2013: The Resurrection of Syrian Kurdish Politics
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…Despite differences and rivalries among the Kurdish parties, they all have the same goals. These include autonomy for the Kurdish region or the Kurdish right to self-determination, constitutional recognition of the Kurds as a distinct nation with their fundamental rights, and use of the Kurdish language in education. Unlike the Sunni Arab opposition dominated by dozens of radical Islamist groups, the Kurdish YPG is the only armed force charged with the protection and the defense of the Kurdish population and the Kurdish areas. So far there has been no serious internal fight among the Kurds that could harm the YPG's monopoly that could be detrimental to their future….
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The main Kurdish group in Syria are the PYD who are a branch of the PKK from Turkey. They want an autonomous region, which they declared in the north a couple months ago. They do not want independence however as that is not a goal of the PKK either in Syria or in Turkey. The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) which is the dominant Kurdish party in Iraq has constantly tried to put together other Kurdish groups in Syria to be rivals of the PYD but have failed again and again. The KDP has come out against the autonomous region, while other Iraqi Kurdish parties like the PUK and Change have supported it. The events in Syria put to rest the idea that there is a single unified Kurdish agenda in the Middle East and shows the divisions that exist within the community, which is true for all the communities in the area whether that be Arabs or Sunnis or Shiites or whatever other kind of groupings that are usually applied.
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Rudaw, 25 March 2014: YPG Calls on all Kurdish Groups to Unite Against Jihadist Threats in Rojava
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All Kurdish groups in the region must set aside their differences and unite to counter threats by Islamic extremists in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), said the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) which is the most powerful Kurdish force in Syrian Kurdistan.

"All the parties and forces of Rojava, the officials of the autonomous Cantons of Cizire, Kobani and Afrin, the Kurdish National Council and Council of Western Kurdistan must put aside their differences at this stage," the YPG said in a statement.

It suspended military operations in the three cantons, created in the northeast last month by its political overseer, the PYD, saying it would only act defensively.

However, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has vowed to take control over the Kobani area and annex it to areas under its control. In the past several days, it has launched heavy assaults on Kobani areas, but has failed to capture territories due to resistance by YPG fighters….
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ICG, 8 May 2014: Flight of Icarus? The PYD's Precarious Rise in Syria
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......The PYD did not liberate Kurdish areas of Syria: it moved in where the regime receded; most often, it took over the latter’s governance structures and simply relabelled them, rather than generating its own unique model as it claims. Fringe Arab, Syriac and Assyrian leaders are participating, even if they do not adhere to its ideology, as a way to ensure security and access to services for their communities.

Rojava is thus more shell than rising sun, an instrument that enables the regime to control Kurdish areas. Established in isolation from the society it means to govern, it is overburdened by an ideological foundation with which most Syrian Kurds and non-Kurds scarcely identify. Its political architecture enjoys only narrow buy-in beyond the PYD affiliates and co-opted personalities, and international recognition is not on the horizon. More than three years after the Syrian uprising erupted, the movement’s popular legitimacy still seems largely a function of the threat that gave rise to it....
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