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Fri Oct 2, 2015, 12:53 PM

28. How Obama can one-up Putin in the Syria crisis: Support an independent Kurdistan

 

Once again, the Kurds may be the odd man out.

The largest ethnic group in the world without a country of their own, the Kurds have been the West's most effective ally battling the Islamic State on the ground in Iraq and Syria. They've repelled ISIS from the borders of their semi-autonomous region in Iraq, and they've defeated them in key Turkish border towns, including the much-celebrated battle of Kobani.

Still, despite the Kurds' successes, their situation is looking familiarly grim.

Russia and Iran have been beefing up their military presences in Syria to help prop up their joint ally, President Bashar al-Assad. On Wednesday, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin obtained formal authorization to deploy forces in Syria, purportedly to battle ISIS, Russian fighter jets instead reportedly bombed rebels trying to unseat Assad.

http://theweek.com/articles/580175/how-obama-oneup-putin-syria-crisis-support-independent-kurdistan

Along the same theme as what you are suggesting.

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