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Syrian war strengthened Kurdish autonomy aspirations, causing strategic problems to Turkey and Iraq.


Syrian kurds wants autonomy.

Some towns in northeastern Syria are flying Kurdish flags as long-oppressed Kurds exploit an uneasy vacuum left by President Bashar al-Assad’s retreating forces to the southwest of Syria.

Assad appears to have ceded control of some areas to focus on the battle against mainly Sunni Muslim Arab rebels fighting in Damascus and Aleppo.

But the Syrian Kurdish aspirations for autonomy could crumble into a complex power struggle involving rival Kurdish groups, Syrian opposition factions and nervous neighbors Turkey and Iraq.