Syria's Kurds are now following the pattern
of the Kurds of Iraq, at least in terms of autonomy:
On Tuesday, Kurdish groups announced the formation of an interim
autonomous government in Syria’s Kurdish region, with elections to
follow. The announcement comes on the heels of battle successes against
Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS),
among the most powerful of the myriad homegrown and foreign forces
fighting the Assad regime.
Since the latest fighting between the Syrian Kurds and Al Qaeda
affiliates broke out in July, the dominant Kurdish organization, the
Democratic Union Party (PYD), has used its battle successes to burnish
its image among Kurds and consolidate its hold over the region...
In recent days it has also made advances in the oil-rich Hasakah
Province, and consolidated its hold on Ras al-Ayn, Syria, following
several months of intense fighting against Jabhat al-Nusra.
The whole article is worth reading, noting the PYD's ties to the PKK in Turkey and allegations that it works in conjunction with Assad's regime, though I wonder if that should really mean just local elements of Assad's regime that are not really taking orders from Damascus. The PYD has also crushed its opposition in Syrian Kurdish politics, and is accused of setting up a police state. However, good luck to any future Syrian government that thinks it can undo this autonomy declaration.
Labels: Kurds, Syria