(As tensions mount between us and the Iranians and Turkey, the Greater Kurdistan project rolls onward in Syria. 'Western Kurdistan' is about to become a thing.)
from Off Guardian
According to the source, a conference on the determination of the
Kurdish-held areas’ status is expected to be carried out in Northern
Syria. The media has not yet confirmed this information, but such a
meeting had been long-awaited.
Referring to a number of influential experts and journalists (Diliman
Abdulkader, Farhad “Fred” Khosravi, etc.), the source reported on a
summit of Syrian Kurds, including leadership of forces opposed to Bashar
al Assad, political parties, also community and civil society
organizations leaders will be held in Ayn Issa town of Northern Raqqa
under the sponsorship of the US. The event was marked as “Kurdish
Congress” in invitation letters sent by facilitators, and the agenda
contains issues of legitimation of the Kurdish
administrative-territorial entity in Syria and the post-war settlement.
Furthermore, the source added representatives of the UAE and Saudi
Arabia, that are partners of the US in the coalition, also have been
involved in organizing the meeting.
It is planned that at the conclusion of the Congress participants
will release an appeal to the Syrian President Bashar al Assad
requesting the recognition of autonomy and providing local
administrations with the broad repository of the powers, the source
If it would be released, the backlash of the Syrian government
against such a statement is not difficult to predict. Since the
beginning of the crisis, Bashar al Assad has repeatedly stressed that he
intends to regain control over all territories of the country without
exception. Every mention of the Kurdish autonomy has caused harsh
responses by Syrian government and military officials until the start of
fighting against Kurdish forces. It is evident that the Congress
facilitators cannot ignore it, which means that they deliberately
provoke tensions between Damascus and Kurds...
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