Kurds take control in Syria's northeast

As Assad's stretched security forces leave parts of the northeast, Kurdish committees slowly assert authority.

    Control of large parts of Syria's northeast is now in the hands of the Democratic Union Party, the main Kurdish party in the region.

    About two million Kurds live in the area, making up 10 per cent of the population. There are also significant Kurdish populations in neighbouring Turkey and Iraq and more in Iran.

    In Syria, the Kurds suffered discrimination and loss of culture under the ruling Baathist party since the 1960s. Many were granted citizenship only last year by President Bashar al-Assad, after the uprising started.

    As Assad's stretched security forces left parts of the northeast, Kurdish committees have taken more control.

    Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel Hamid is the first international reporter to travel to the region since the uprising began last March.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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