Syria’s Kurds, and Those Who Have Rebelled.
On the NYT, a look at Kurdish fighting groups and fighters who have sided with the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
In much of the popular discourse, Syria’s Kurds are either sitting out the civil war raging around them or have thrown their support behind Mr. Assad’s government. That’s not quite so. Kurdish ambitions and politics have never been uniform, and rivalries and factions with the region’s Kurds have long played out beneath their frustrated quest for statehood. And in Syria as in Iraq, where Kurds predominantly supported the American-led invasion in 2003 and then worked within the post-Baathist government, many of Syria’s Kurds say they oppose — and fight — their longtime rulers. It’s not an easy path.
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Omar Abdulkader, R, a section leader of the Grandsons of Saladin fighting group, a Kurdish wing of the al-Tawhid Brigade, the largest Free Syrian Army formation in the Aleppo region. By the author. A few days ago. Alghooz, Syria.