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Double games in Syria hurt the Kurds

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Published: 27 August 2016

Last updated: 4 March 2024

The real target of Turkey's Syrian operation is the Kurds, not ISIS – Zvi Bar'el – Haaretz 24.08.16
Ankara understood that if it doesn't act now it may find a new Kurdish entity on its border. The Turkish invasion interferes with the plans of Russia and the United States, which have declared their desire to preserve Syria as a united entity, but in practice have not categorically rejected the idea of establishing an independent Kurdish zone that they will take under their wing.

Spilling blood in war on ISIS, Kurds pay heavy price for US-Turkey ties
– Zvi Bar'el – Haaretz 25.08.16
Washington stands by Turkey while expecting the Kurds to help fight tough battles against Islamist militants in Syria. And Russia and Iran are heavyweights in this muddy arena too.

Who is fighting who in Syria? – The Times of Israel/AFP 27.08.16
What started out as a series of peaceful protests in 2011 has become a full-fledged civil war involving numerous local and international powers.

Rojava's sustainability and the PKK's regional strategy - Fabrice Balanche - The Washington Institute 24.08.16
As the Kurds continue to pursue their goal of a contiguous territory in northern Syria, various nonmilitary factors will determine whether their nascent statelet is viable in the long term.

Who exactly are ‘the Kurds’?
March 1, 2016


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