Feb. 22, 2016 Despite recent victories, the Kurdish YPG forces face several challenges.
By Jacob L. Shapiro
Of the Middle Eastern states where Kurds are a sizable minority, Syria has the smallest Kurdish population and also the newest – most of the territory on which Syrian Kurds live only became Kurdish in the last century. And yet, because of their location – sandwiched between Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, the Islamic State and Bashar al-Assad’s forces to the south and west – Syria’s Kurds find themselves on the world’s center stage. Led by their militia, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Syria’s Kurds have seize...
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