Syrian Kurds Hope to Establish a Federal Region in Country’s North

March 16, 2016 4:43 PM

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Syrian Kurds Hope to Establish a Federal Region in Country’s North

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian Kurdish parties are working on a plan to declare a federal region across much of northern Syria, several of their representatives said on Wednesday, to formalize the semiautonomous zone they have established during five years of war and to create a model for decentralized government throughout the country.

The move, still under discussion by Kurdish and other parties in the area, would fall well short of declaring independence, and it would most likely rile the Syrian government and the main Arab-led opposition group. They have both declared their opposition to federalism, seeing it as a step toward c...

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