For those of you who are scratching your heads wondering who you should root for in the Syrian war, here is your answer. This is who we should be backing.
The US should be arming and aiding the Kurds and the religious minorities that will inevitably flock to Kurdistan. We should enforce a no-fly zone. But that pro-jihadist cluck in the White House won't do those things.
This is excellent news. First Iraq and now this. Next up, Turkey. Perhaps the Kurds will make a move there as well.
"Kurds declare autonomous government in Syria" By Elder of Ziyon, November 12, 2013
From Al Arabiya:
The latest declaration comes amid a general strengthening of Kurdish rights in neighboring Turkey, and increasing moves towards independence by Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.This is big.
Long oppressed under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his father before him, Kurds view the civil war as an opportunity to gain the kind of autonomy enjoyed by their ethnic kin in neighboring Iraq.
The announcement was made after talks in the mostly-Kurdish town of Qamishli, and comes after Kurdish leaders announced plans to create the temporary government in July.
The transitional autonomous government involves the division of Syria’s Kurdish region into three areas, each with its own local assembly, as well as representatives to a regional executive body, AFP reported.
Tuesday’s statement detailed the “formation of a transitional civil administration for the area of Western Kurdistan-Syria.”
Kurdish regions of northern Syria have been administered by local Kurdish councils since forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad withdrew in the middle of 2012.
The redeployment was seen as a tactical move by the regime, one which freed up forces to battle rebels elsewhere, and encouraged the Kurds to avoid allying with the opposition.
More recently, Kurds have battled with jihadist groups keen to secure a wider corridor between Syria and Iraq to ensure more regular supplies and reinforcements.
Last month Kurdish forces seized control of a crucial border point with Iraq.
Fighting between the Kurdish militiamen and jihadists ostensibly battling to topple Assad has added another level of complexity to the civil war, which has claimed an estimated 120,000 lives since 2011.
Kurds represent about 15 percent of the Syrian population, and are mostly concentrated in the northern part of the country.
And it can get even bigger if the Syrian Kurds decide to unite with the Iraqi Kurds, who also have an autonomous government. (Turkey's and Iran's Kurds are not in as good a position to make a bid for self-rule.)