Syria's Kurds Want To Partition Themselves
Kurdish groups have drawn up a plan for their own federal autonomous region within Syria, but the country's neighbors aren't on board.By Matt Picht | March 16, 2016
Kurdish groups want their own autonomous region in Syria. A lot of other groups in the area have a problem with that.
Officials from the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, announced they're planning to consolidate the Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria into a single federal region. The new region would take some power from the central government, but it's not clear which powers would stay and which would go.
The PYD presents its plan as a potential road map for federalizing Syria, an idea which has been kicked around by U.S., Russian and U.N. officials in the past. Breaking up Syria into a group of semiautonomous regions could help resolve the conflicts which have ravaged Syria for the past five years.