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The recent battles in the northern Aleppo between Syrian Arab rebels and Daesh (ISIS) around Al-Rai underline the of importance the region and the difficulty of resolving the Arab-Kurdish rivalry.On March 17, the PYD and allied political groups in northern Syria voted to declare a federal democratic system in the area that Kurdish forces control in northern Syria. The Federal Democratic System of Rojava encompasses the three Kurdish cantons and areas in the northern Aleppo province captured by Kurdish forces, including Tal Abyad. However, Arab rebel factions have labeled the new federal system as a terrorist-backed conspiracy that threatens Syria's integrity.However, this strategy has limited effectiveness given that the Kurds are unwilling to expand beyond their natural territory, comprised of the three Kurdish cantons, and are reluctant to push into predominantly Arab areas, such as the Daesh capital of Raqqa. If rebel forces can show that they constitute an effective force against Daesh, they may be able to gain more international support.
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