The Promises and Perils of Syrian Kurdistan


Syria’s Kurds are best known for the role that their military arm, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), currently play as the military backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – allies of the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition in Syria who provide the majority of ground troops in the campaign. These forces have made impressive progress against ISIS in recent months, announcing just this Wednesday that the battle to liberate ISIS’ self-declared capital in Raqqa is approaching its “final stages.”

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