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Fears of new front as Syria fighters clash with Kurds

Syrian fighters clashed with Kurdish militia in the northern city of Aleppo, leaving 30 dead and around 200 captured, a watchdog said on Saturday, sparking fears of a new front in an already fractured country. The fighting between armed fighters … Continue reading

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In Syria’s war, long-repressed minority finds new freedom

Of the changes triggered by Syria’s 19-month-old uprising, few have been as sudden as the seeming empowerment of the country’s long-oppressed Kurdish minority. In what was once the headquarters of Syria’s ruling Baath Party in the town of Afrin, a Kurdish-populated town of about … Continue reading

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Kurds to Pursue More Autonomy in a Fallen Syria

Just off a main highway that stretches east of this city and slices through a moonscape of craggy hills, a few hundred Syrian Kurdish men have been training for battle, marching through scrub brush and practicing rifle drills. The men, … Continue reading

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Syria War Empowers Long-Oppressed Kurdish Minority

By: Zeina Karam BEIRUT — Last month, while the world’s attention was focused on battles raging in Syria’s two largest cities, a quiet transformation was taking place in the country’s oil-rich northeast where about 2 million minority Kurds live. In … Continue reading

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Syrian Conflict Gives Kurds New Freedom

By: Scott Bobb AFRIN, Syria — As fighting intensifies in the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Damascus, the Syrian government has withdrawn its troops from several Kurdish areas in northern Syria. Kurdish leaders there have set up their own security … Continue reading

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Davutoğlu says Turkey not against Kurdish autonomy in post-Assad Syria

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkey would not be opposed to a possible autonomous Kurdish region in Syria following the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, if all groups in the country can agree on it. Davutoğlu’s comments came … Continue reading

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Turkey: Assad supplying arms to Turkish Kurd militants

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkey’s foreign minister accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of arming a Kurdish militant group that has fought the Turkish state for decades, potentially exacerbating a conflict which has killed more than 40,000 people. Clashes between the Turkish … Continue reading

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Fleeing Syrian Kurds seek refuge with Iraqi brethren

By: Patrick Markey Syrian troops usually came before dawn, rounding up young Kurdish men to force them into an army they did not see as their own and into a fight for a government that treated them as outsiders. When … Continue reading

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Syrian Kurds give ultimatum to Assad’s security forces

By: Adib Abdulmajid AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — A statement by the Union of Kurdish Coordination Committees (UKCC) on Friday called on all members of the Syrian army to withdraw from the Kurdish areas or face consequences. “After liberating a part of … Continue reading

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In bid for unity, Syrian opposition group picks Kurd to lead

By: Ariel Zirulnick As fighting intensified between the Syrian regime and rebel fighters this weekend, the main Syrian opposition group chose a new president in a bid to unify the fractious organization and thereby gain greater international support. The Syrian … Continue reading

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