- Syrian Kurds say they'll declare federal region in Syria. "The idea was promptly dismissed by Turkey and also the Syrian government team at U.N.-brokered peace talks in Geneva. The main Syrian Kurdish group, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and its military wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG), have so far been excluded from those talks so as not to anger Turkey, despite Russia's insistence that they be part of the negotiations. Ankara views the group as a terrorist organization."
- Syria's Kurds declare de-facto federal region in north. "Everybody rhetorically appreciates the Kurds, they all acknowledge the Kurdish fight against ISIS and that they are great warriors, but this is not being reflected in the diplomatic spectrum," said Mutlu Civiroglu, a Washington-based Kurdish affairs analyst, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group."
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