The Kobani precedent

In Syria and Iraq the only reliable, pro-Western and militarily effective element on the ground are the Kurds.

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March 29, 2015 14:20
Kurdish fighters

Fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in training at a military camp in Ras al-Ain, February 13. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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RECENTLY, I attempted to undertake a reporting trip into the Kurdish Kobani enclave in northern Syria. It would not have been my first visit to Syria or Kobani.

For the first time, however, I found myself unable to enter. Instead, I spent a frustrating but, as it turns out, instructive four days waiting in the border town of Suruc in southeast Turkey before running out of time and going home.

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