Syriac Christian and Kurdish security forces boost cooperation under Syrian regime’s eyes

A piece I wrote for Al-Monitor about the ties between Syriac Christian and Kurdish security forces and how they both deal with the regime, since their presence is tolerated within a specific plot…

Syriac Christians, Kurds
Boost Cooperation in Syria

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QAMISHLI – Over the last months the Syrian government has encouraged the activities of ethnonationalist parties and the formation of sectarian security branches, such as the Kurdish Asayish and the Syriac/Assyrian Christian Sutoro. These ethnic minorities immediately took the chance to voice their demands, but some of their representatives remain wary of the regime’s intention to preserve its political leverage.

Syriacs and Kurds shared similar grievances under the thumb of Baathist pan-Arabism, and the recent rebellion has prompted their political parties to strike an unwritten alliance to maintain their distance from the regime as well as the opposition. The backlash of this decision, however, could be the further entrenchment of sectarian divisions, thus serving the regime’s interest in keeping minorities away from the opposition by bestowing concessions upon them.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/06/syria-syriacs-assyrians-kurds-pyd.html#ixzz2XyQIeSnc

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