Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD)

The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) is a Syrian affiliate of the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). PYD is Syria's largest and best armed Kurdish group. Its militant wing, the People’s Defense Units (YPG), has clashed not only with Syrian rebels but also with other Kurdish groups, especially those aligned with Turkey and the Iraqi Kurdistan National Government-backed Kurdish National Council. The YPG has deep misgivings about the Arab opposition mainstream, which it considers to be Islamist and under Turkish influence Syrian rebels, who are mostly Sunni Arabs, share with the Kurds an interest in toppling the al Assad regime. But the groups remain diametrically opposed in their goals for a post-al Assad Syria. If al Assad falls, the Kurds will attempt to secure an autonomous region of their own, while Sunni Arabs will attempt to consolidate economically valuable territory, which includes northern lands inhabited by the Kurds. According to…

Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), also known as People’s Defense Units (YPG), Popular Protection Units is an active group formed c. 2003.
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