Syria's Kurds celebrate after winning Kobani, but self-rule far off




 
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February 6th, 2015  
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Topic: Syria's Kurds celebrate after winning Kobani, but self-rule far off


By Ayla Jean Yackley KOBANI, Syria (Reuters) - Kurds are celebrating after flushing Islamic State militants out of the town of Kobani, but victory is not yet certain in their campaign to cement hard-won autonomy in northern Syria. Objections to autonomy from neighboring Turkey and the United States could also make it hard for them to sustain their gains. The retaking by People's Protection Units (YPG) last week of predominantly Kurdish Kobani after a four-month siege by Islamic State was a major defeat for the Sunni fundamentalist group that controls a 20,000-square mile arc of Syria and Iraq. For the Kurds, it is a bittersweet victory, as almost 200,000 people, almost the entire population of Kobani province, are still sheltering in Turkey.




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