Syrian Kurds

Due to popular demand, I will touch on the topic of the Kurdish stance in Syria. First, it is important to note that the Kurds are neutral; they have clashed with the Opposition and the Government. The Democratic Union Party (PYD) leader, Salih Muslim, was originally outspoken in his criticism of Dr. Bashar al-Assad, but since the violent clashes with radical Islamist groups like ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra in Ras al-‘ayn, the PYD has been rather subtle in their stance against either side in the conflict.

Who is who?

The two groups that are important to note are the YPG and the PYD. The PYD is the political wing for the Syrian Kurds and they seem to possess the majority of Syrian Kurds support. The PYD is secular and promotes social liberalization and religious freedoms. The PYD is a Kurdish nationalist party, so their political discourse does contrast with the Ba’ath Party’s Arab Nationalism. The PYD tends to support the Syrian Opposition, but due to Ahmad Jarba’s harsh criticism and antipathy for the YPG, both parties seem to be going down a rocky patch.

The PYD is the imperative political wing; however, I am sure you constantly hear and read about the People’s Protection Party, better known as the YPG. People's_Protection_Units_Flag.svgThe YPG is not political, but they do believe in Kurdish autonomy. Very similar to the Druze, they have taken a defensive position in this conflict. The soldiers have not expressed any angst against the Syrian Arab Army stationed in Hasakah and Qamishli, but tensions have been rising as of late. Despite their relatively new formation, the YPG is actually the 3rd biggest unified fighting force in Syria behind the SAA and NDF. Their soldiers are primarily infantry that receive much of their supplies from Erbil in northern Iraq. The YPG has been effective in protecting Kurdish lands and obstructing both SAA and Opposition advances in Aleppo.

I cannot mention the Syrian Kurds without mentioning the PKK. The PKK is considered a pariah in Turkey due to their volatile history with the government. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Hafezh al-Assad granted many PKK fighters amnesty and protection in Syria. Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the PKK, was considered the Osama Bin Laden of Turkey. The Turkish authorities were furious with Syria for safeguarding him until 1998. The PKK is an armed political wing that the Syrian Government is not afraid to arm in Turkey. As result, the Turkish is constantly on alert of any movement on the ground.

Where do we go from here?

Personally, I abhor their stance because they know very well that the Islamists in the Opposition will not honor their wishes; but, I can understand their hesitancy and agitation towards the government. The Kurds are attempting to stay neutral, but the longer this war continues, the more beneficial it is for the Kurds. In reality, this works out for them; it is very similar to Iraq in that the Kurds are the only ones who benefit from the bloodshed in the end.

-Leith

 

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American military food ration found in syria

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=394_1400618336

Maria Engström
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I kinda hope it’s pork.

Canthama
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Just hope the Kurds will get to their sense and when it is the time they support Syria and the last attempts to clean this country from rat infestation. Of course Kurds will demand more freedom and authonomy, and there is nothing wrong with that provided Syria remains integral as a unified country, federalization may be a way put as well.

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YPG = PKK they are not Syrian Kurds they come from Turkey.

rus.lang
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Well i hope when Syrian government finishes with “rebels” the political dialogue will be possible to negotiate some kind of deal with Kurds. If the question is cultural and language autonomy it should be easy to reach a deal, but if there will be greedy warlords wanting control over oil, they might start bloodshed over it.

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And just a question to Syrians, since in Syria now different political parties are allowed, is Kurdish nationalist party registred somehow, or is it illegal ? And is there a legal opposition ? What a problem for this stinky usa slut Jabra to come to Syria and participate in election ?

Hamilqar
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The new Parties Law does not allow the formation of parties based on ethnic or religious identities. They must be political parties open equally to all Syrians and cannot have sectarian or ethno-centric programs.

rus.lang
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Emm… and i got info that rat with a red beard has been killed. Any conformation ?
http://warsonline.info/siriya/arabskie-smi-v-sirii-ubit-odin-iz-glavarey-igil-abu-umar-ash-shishani.html

SharkKing71
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I saw this red bearded guy in a You Tube video,He’s Chechen and a commander of an al-Nusra Terrorist Battalion in North-West Syria.If he is killed for real,then it is a major blow up to al-Nusra in the North-West.

david
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ziad, how will the president be protected during and after the election? he could be in mortal danger

Kjel
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Ziad might be interesting to link:

http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/206947

Anonymous
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Any new Aleppo-map? The wikipedia map is outdated!

Anonymous
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How come the Aleppo Prison is not yet rescued by government reinforcements?

Morgoth
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It seems very close, found out today on SANA that SAA liberated Hilan (Haylan), just east of prison complex. That means SAA is in control in both east and south sides of prison complex now,
I wounder if it’s already safe to say that prison is liberated?

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2014/05/21/545753.htm
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.290950&lon=37.206144&z=16&m=b&search=kafr

🙂

Kjel
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Army recaptures Hilan near Central Prison in Aleppo

SANA

yesterday they captured some hill tops and there are rumors (unconfirmed) that some units have entered the Prison area. Hilan village is very strategic and was the main launchpad of hits by the Nusra front. This means the siege has, although not formal, been lifted.

gbcd
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“Moscow to Veto Any Int’l Resolution to Referring Syria to ICC” from http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930230001412

Jovi
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Will there be an election in Kurdish Held Areas?

Abu Fukr Al-Fagdaddy
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In hasaka yes, but not sure about the others

Anonymous
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The Kurds are fighting the SAA in Hasaka?

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Be careful of Kurds, they may be secular, but they hold no Arab nationalistic thoughts, and are often pro Israeli. Communism is not good for the Arab people, as they work hard for there god, family, and themselves. The Kurds will steal Syrian land if they could. Once the rebels are gone, the Kurds are next.

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Sorry to say but i wouldn’t trust the kurds, for they will turn on you for a better deal or a “promise” of self autonomy.

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Hey Kurds, Turkey sponsored IF/ISIL and for this sponsorship they attack you. After this war Turkey lose this cheap footsoldiers and need new allies against the “Kurd-problem”. What do you think they will do? They will be best friend with Damascus again, and now think about attacks on the SAA and partnerships with Jihadies. If you support the SAA they will remeber it, if you attack them, they will also remember it…and the Syrian Army will win this war, the jihadies never got the hearts and minds of the whole population. They behave like caveman everywhere they got power. The… Read more »
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Hmm. I disagree with many commentators above. I will explain. Every nation has a right to be sovereign, and a natural flow of history will settle it down, just as Palestine injustice can’t continue endless. You may like it or not, Kurds will have their state in the end, they are a big nation. It’s not a question of “if”, but “when an how”. It’s not Syrian’s fault that english and french left such a big nation without their state. The maximum price Syrian state can pay for that is 10-15% of the territory – and this is if it… Read more »
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And i am sure when Islamist invasion plan fails, western devils have a plan B – provoke Kurdish-Syrian conflict (maybe false flag massacare ) to say that Assad genociding Kurds and start war on this basis. So it is vital in my opinion to find reasonable persons in Kurdish elite as fast as possible and propose a meaningful deal to them.

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