Syrian Kurds will use their platform at the current round of the Astana peace talks to argue for federalization of the entire country. Syria is doomed if these agitations are taken seriously.
In trying to forbid Syria’s military from crossing the river, the YPG is effectively trying to claim the entire region for themselves.
The Euphrates River remains not only a vital lifeline across much of eastern Syria but also an important boundary area, which has become increasingly more important throughout the Syrian War. Early in the war, Turkey warned they would not let any Kurds cross to the west of the Euphrates, and that this amounted to a “red