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Can Syria's Kurds Hold the Ground They've Gained?

Mar 19, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Military police members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units march in al-Muabbadah in northern Syria on Feb. 24, 2018.

Military police members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units march in al-Muabbadah in northern Syria on Feb. 24, 2018, to denounce Turkey's military campaign against Kurdish forces in Afrin.

(DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The tyranny of the map haunts Syria's Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). Turkey's offensive in Afrin, the northwestern canton largely controlled by the YPG, is reminding Syria's Kurds that their journey to independence, or even autonomy, must always go beneath the geographic shadows cast by Turkey to the north and Damascus to the south....

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