Benefitting from U.S. military support in the form of airstrikes and weapons, the SDF has proved itself an effective fighting force. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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What next for Syria's Kurdish-held territory?Having greatly expanded their control into areas previously held by Daesh (ISIS), the Kurds in the northeastern part of Syria must now consider their next move. These developments have been observed with hostility across the border in Turkey, perceiving a breakaway Kurdish state in Syria as a direct threat to its territorial integrity, and American backing of the SDF as an affront to their NATO ally.Washington must therefore weigh up the benefit of having the Kurds as a useful ally against Daesh and check on the Syrian regime and Iran, versus the cost involved in upsetting a valuable NATO ally and becoming too financially embroiled in the conflict.This is the current context in which the Kurds must therefore operate.Analysts believe the Kurds must convince the regime and its allies that they do not just represent the Kurdish population, but are inclusive.
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