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Syrian Kurds Take Steps Toward Self-Rule

In much of Syria’s Kurdish-dominated northeast, basic services are functioning and schools are open in marked contrast to other areas of the war-torn country.   That’s because Kurds have been able to maintain a strong semblance of self-governance.   The city of Qamishli has become a center of that rule, carved out by Kurdish militias who ousted al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists.   Confidence among Kurdish activists is growing and so too is their ambition, they say. They are...

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