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One cause for Syria's torments is that regional powers have used proxy forces to advance their position in the "great game" of influence, without regard for the effects on the Syrian people. An example is the standoff between two Syrian Kurdish militia groups. A transnational movement is less likely to spread from Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government across the Syrian Kurdish land known as "Rojava" – let alone into Turkey and Iran – if the YPG and Roj Pesh refuse to fight together, as seems to be the case.The Roj Pesh is still a mystery, so I asked the Kurdish Regional Government to arrange an interview.Though the Roj Pesh would add little military clout to the Syria fight, it might give the Kurds more weight with the overall Syrian opposition.The latter group, whose acronym stands for Kurdistan Worker's Party, is seen by Turkey as a terrorist group that threatens security in the Kurdish areas of southeast Turkey.
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