July 6, 2012

Syria's Kurds Can Be Persuaded to Revolt

Ali Ezzatyar, Daily Star

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When it nominated Abdulbaset Sieda as its leader a few weeks ago, the Syrian National Council acknowledged what otherwise should have been obvious to everyone from the start: The Kurds can make all the difference in shaping the outcome of the Syrian uprising.

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TAGGED: Abdulbaset Sieda, Kurdistan, Kurds, Bashar al-Assad, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, Syria


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