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
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
Categories: Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria
Tags: Asayish, Assyrian, AssyrianDemocraticOrganization, AssyriansInSwitzerland, Chaldean, FSA, Hasakeh, Qamishli, Sutoro, Syriac, Syriac Union Party, Syrian Revolution, YPG
My first article from the province of Hasakeh (Syrian Kurdistan). It appeared on Al-Monitor on May 7. (follow the link to keep reading, unfortunately I cannot post the whole article here for copyright issues…)
Kurdish Group Gaining Autonomy
In Northern Syria
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QAMISHLI, Syria — Bilingual signs, “Western Kurdistan” (Rojava in Kurdish) on car license plates, Kurdish security forces (Asayish), Kurdish courts, municipalities, flags, unions and schools teaching Kurdish. This is the new look of the Kurdish-majority Syrian northern regions, the outcome of the withdrawal of regime security forces in July 2012 and the result of a delicate coexistence between Baathist and Kurdish institutions.
Syrian Kurds now have the chance to reap the benefits from the stalemate between the regime and the Arab opposition. But all this would not have been possible without a certain degree of connivance with the regime by the main Kurdish militia on the ground — the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Regardless of the de facto autonomy achieved and the growing popularity of the PYD, some fear the authoritarian features of the party’s agenda.
Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/05/pyd-pkk-syria-kurdistan.html#ixzz2T3dRtsm2
Categories: Kurdistan, Syria, Turkey
Tags: Amuda, Asayish, DemocraticUnionParty, Hasakeh, Kurdishlanguage, KurdistanWorkersParty, Pkk, Pyd, Qamishli, Syria, Syrian Kurdistan, SyrianKurds, Turkey