The Syrian dictator has so far left the Kurds alone. What changed his mind is anyone’s guess.
Independence for the Kurds could destabilize Iraq’s neighbors and upset long-standing alliances.
Regional factors have arrayed in the Kurds’ favor. Things might not stay the same for long.
Turkey accuses a Syrian rebel group for the attacks in its capital and holds Russia responsible as well.
By backing the Kurds in Syria, Russia is driving a wedge between Turkey and its NATO allies.
Masoud Barzani calls on world powers to recognize that Iraq and Syria cannot be put back together again.
Turkey’s priorities are suppressing Kurdish nationalism and toppling Bashar Assad in Syria.
Decades-old rivalries resurface in the north of Iraq at the same time as Kurds are fighting the Islamic State.
By refusing to give Catalans and Kurds autonomy, Spain and Turkey leave them with little choice.
Turkey’s allies may not be happy about its anti-Kurdish actions but there are more than two sides to the conflict.
Despite joining the war against the Islamic State, Turkey doesn’t want its allies aiding the group’s Kurdish rivals.
Turkey carries out its first strikes against the Islamic State in Syria and goes after Kurdish militants at the same time.