How the Kurds became a key player in Syria's war

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It’s an unlikely place for a democratic revolution.

The headline for this video has been updated. The previous version was: How Syria’s Kurds are trying to create a democracy.



Since the start of the Syrian civil war, Kurdish people in the North have carved out an autonomous region of their own — Rojava — by fighting the Islamic State. Their militias, which form the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have emerged as the most effective fighters against ISIS and won them a close partnership with the US.

The ruling Kurdish Party, the PYD, has set up a democratic federation made of local governments. Their constitution claims to accept people of all ethnicities and religions and treat them as equals. One of its central tenets is equality of men and women. In fact, the all-female Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) militia fights alongside the SDF, and they’re known to be especially good soldiers.

But the more territory the Kurds take from ISIS, the more worried Turkey gets.

Turkey has been at war with another closely linked Kurdish group, the PKK, for decades. In 2018, Turkey invaded the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin, putting the country in direct conflict with the Kurds of Rojava.

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So, US abandoned Kurds when it found out that they are no longer useful?

Author — Young nd

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This video was a year ahead of today’s events

Author — justjackman

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Funny how they dont mention Rojava in the news these days. They just call it an invasion on Syria.

Author — Robert Cabello

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Spoiler Alert: The U.S.A. betrays them to The Turks and Russia

Author — Anton Resurreccion

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they help the World get rid of the IS.
The typical USA leaves its allies.


Nice one!

Author — bobbobolo

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It's a very different kind of democracy in rojava. It is a form of left wing libertarian kind of direct democracy known as democratic confederalism. The Kurdidh are definitely the most moral group in Syria.

Author — Craig Morrison

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UNITED SNAKES 🐍 OF AMERICA IS BEHIND THID

Author — waqar shah

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Oh sweethearts, if only the Kurds had oil, Uncle Sam would have come to the rescue.

Author — Ashutosh Sharma

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US used the kurds as a means to defeat Isis then stopped supporting them once Isis was gone even though that's when the kurds needed their help the most.

Seems like a US thing to do...

Author — Erik Arustamyan

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who watches Turkey Operation Peace Spring and USA Abandons Kurds in 2019?
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Author — jimboy de juan

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3:07 i like that little cut you did there ;)

Author — ツTrenszpereney

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When US needed help the Kurds fought the Isis..now when kurds needed help Us just left them..Merica

Author — Sajan Singh J

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Its sad How little people know about this but still have strong opinions

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Middle-East is such a mess. I get so confused.

Author — Priyankar Majumder

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Too bad they got backstabbed by the us AGAIN!

Author — Hemingway The Dog

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I'm Syrian (from the south) we have high hopes that one day all of us will live together peacefully. it breaks my heart to see my country torn apart and I think that our Kurdish brothers and sisters have suffered more than enough even before the crisis. they fought ISIS beside us with honor and I dream of our day of unity where we live different but together.

Author — Maher F

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This government actually seems promising

Author — Blyat Blyatrakov

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I AM A KURD CHILD
I LIVE IN ROJAVA (QAMSHLO)
AND I WANT LIVE MY CHILDHOOD IN PEASE💔.I FEEL THAT I DO NOT HAVE A FUTURE.😧💔
I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND MY FEELINGS😢
WE WANT OUR RIGHT✌❤

Author — *Park Jin*[박 진]

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Goddamn bureaucracy. Stay strong, Rojava.

Author — Kyle Joseph Crespo

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3:07 notice how the clip cuts when he says “against ___ the Islamic state”

Author — Yoda