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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 04:54 PM

Kurdish minority to seek regional autonomy in post-Assad Syria

Members of Syria's Kurdish minority are planning to set up an independent region in the country's north, a senior figure in the Syrian Kurdish opposition told Haaretz.

"We cannot depend on the fact that the Syrian National Council will be willing or able to ensure Kurdish rights in Syria after the fall of Assad," said the opposition figure, speaking from Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

"We will take care of ourselves just as the Kurds in Iraq took care of themselves when they decided to set up an autonomous region, which is independent of the Iraqi government," he said.

The opposition figure confirmed that his forces were being provided with military and weapons training by the Peshmerga, northern Iraq's Kurdish military force.


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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:13 PM

1. Another predictable unintended consequence - post-Assad war: Kurds vs Turks vs Jihadis, and all

exterminate the Shi'ia minority.

"Humanitarian intervention" in Syria is genocide and ethnic cleansing.

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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:12 PM

2. It's going to piss Turkey off too.

Not that they are not already pissed off.

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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:53 AM

3. Ankara Alarmed by Syrian Kurds' Autonomy

NUSAYBIN, Turkey—For most foreign powers, events in Syria's Kurdish provinces are largely seen as a sideshow to the country's deadly civil conflict. Not so in Turkey.

Some Syrian Kurds have in recent weeks taken dramatic steps toward autonomous rule, fueling Ankara's existential fear: that its No. 1 enemy, the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, could boost its influence there and even use the region as a base to attack Turkey.

Turkish leaders also fear that if Syria's Kurds were to gain formal autonomy, as their ethnic kin in northern Iraq have, Turkey's own 12 million to 15 million Kurds would be emboldened to push harder for greater autonomy.

Ankara on Wednesday staged military exercises with 25 tanks in the Nusaybin district, along Turkey's southern border with Syria's Kurdish region, Turkish state media reported, reacting not only to the Kurdish developments but the potential for a spillover of violence and refugees from Syria's 18-month civil conflict. They were the first tank exercises along Turkey's frontier with Syria's Kurdish region for more than a decade, analysts said.


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