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  •  There is one aspect of the situation in Syria (5+ / 0-)

    which I don’t see addressed here - the Kurdish takeover and potential establishment, with Iraqi Kurdish aid, of an autonomous Kurdish region in northern Syria.

    As I understand it almost all of the area along the northern border of Syria, from Afrin in the west to Al-Malikiyah in the east, is under the control of Kurdish groups.

    There are two or three exceptions. Some parts of Azaz, which is north of Aleppo, seem to be under Kurdish control, while others seem to be under FSA control. Tell Abiad still seems to be under the control of the Syrian government, with the permission of the Kurdish groups, so that the border post can be kept open. The situation in Jarabulus, which is heavily Turkoman, is unclear but I have heard that many/most of the Turkomans who live in the area have come to Turkey, so Jarabulus may be under Kurdish control since the areas south and east of the town are heavily Kurdish.

    I also wonder how the rapidly developing food insecurity situation in Syria, and the lack of financial support by countries around the world for efforts to address it, will have an effect on events in Syria.

    Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

    by InAntalya on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 10:06:58 AM PDT

    •  Kurdish Syria & Relief Funds (4+ / 0-)
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      InAntalya, sofia, native, roadbear

      Thank you for your comment InAntalya.
      I couldn't go into all the different complications of the Syria conflict in this post (I put everything in the same bag - silly me- when talking about the sectarian fabric). Yes this is indeed an interesting aspect, especially with Turkey's recent concessions to more moderate Kurdish factions (accepting SNC head Sayda as interlocutor, Kurdish taught in some public schools). Kurds also have a complex network of influence. So, not being expert in the matter - I'll leave that for others to untangle.

      As to the food insecurity within Syria, the more disgruntled citizens are with the Assad regime faces (financial, social etc) the more it will play into the hands of the local opposition (note, not the reps in exile).

      So it all comes down to getting the right info. My point in this post was to highlight that untraditional channels such as open source intel available on the web might help to grasp the complexity of "who are the networks driving the revolution?".

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