U.S. special envoy for Syria James Jeffrey visited Northern Syria on Sept. 21 and is expected to announce the completion of a deal between rival Kurdish groups in the region. Negotiations for a joint administration have been underway for weeks as the U.S. suggested a 40-40 split of parliament seats between newly-established PYNK and ENKS.
While the ENKS and the PYD agree on certain topics, a deep gap remains between the two groups. And the American and French pressure will do little to close that gap. Moreover, Barzani’s ties with Turkey limit his capabilities. Given the KDP and the PKK were fighting each other in the Qandil mountains, how could the two movements unite on the Syrian front?
Opposition deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) put forward parliamentary questions denouncing the Turkish government’s efforts at demographic engineering to make Kurds a minority in towns where they are the majority. The parliamentary questions also claimed that destroying the demographics of an area constituted a crime against humanity.
Filmmaker Shero Hinde explains how the life in Qamishli in northeastern Syria has been affected by the coronavirus. Hinde says that measures against the spread of the virus were adopted in Rojava earlier than in other parts of the world. Up to now, not a single COVID-19 positive case was reported in the region.
The restructuring of Idlib entails Turkey’s dispersing of opponent groups and the formation of its own militias. Alongside this, Ankara plans to attack the Syrian army and defend itself from it. Turkey wants to turn its proxies into a parallel army that is affiliated to its national army.
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has sent coronavirus test kits to southeastern Syria to help the Syrian Kurds in the fight against the highly contagious virus. "Utmost thanks and appreciation to the President of Kurdistan Region, Mr. Nechirvan Barzani," Mazloum Abdi, commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), tweeted on April 12.
Kurds are the key to a solution in the Middle East, namely Syria, said founder and leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan on March 4 in what was the first meeting he's had with his brother in eight months. "There's a two-legged table in Turkey. You have to be the other leg, the table won't tip over if it has three legs," Öcalan reportedly told his brother.
Brett McGurk, former special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS, told Rudaw that the U.S. should not abandon the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Praising the group's role in fighting ISIS, McGurk said that the world needs to know the SDF's efforts in keeping jihadist prisoners in camps in al-Hol and other parts of northern Syria.