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Franco Galdini and Pishko Shamsi


Syria’s Kurds and Turkey

[PYD supporters at a funeral for a local of a village outside of Afrin, Syria, who had died fighting alongside the PKK in Turkey, August 2012. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

In mid-July 2013, the Kurdish majority areas in Syria became embroiled in fierce fighting between the People’s Defence Units (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel [YPG], the Kurdish military forces) and an array of armed opposition groups.[1] While other regions of Syria—notably Homs—had descended into a state of civil war more than a year before, fighting came late to Syria’s Kurdish areas, first erupting between the YPG and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Jabhat Al-Nusra (JNA) in ...

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Franco Galdini and Pishko Shamsi


Franco Galdini is a freelance analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. Until recently, he was the political and media analyst at the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

Pishko Shamsi is a consultant and freelance analyst of Kurdish affairs.