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Syrian Kurds Defeat Islamists, Declare Autonomy

The most powerful Kurdish faction in Syria has declared self-rule over the territory it controls in the northeast of the country.  The announcement further complicates the civil war in Syria, and presents a complex problem for neighboring Turkey and the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq.   In recent weeks, Kurdish militia in Syria have ousted Islamist fighters from several villages close to the Turkish border. The victories prompted the main political...

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