The State of Rojava: A month-long reporting series from Syria Direct

AMMAN: Seven years into the Syrian civil war, the country’s Kurdish-majority regions enjoy a level of autonomy unthinkable before 2011. Kurdish culture and language, suppressed by Syrian state authorities for decades, are in a renaissance as Syria’s Kurds govern themselves along the country’s northern border with Turkey.

Kurdish fighters are on the frontlines with the United States-backed forces fighting the Islamic State, capturing wide swathes of Syrian territory from the militant organization in recent years. Today, primarily Kurdish forces control an expanse of territory that includes almost the entirety of the country’s northern border with Turkey, major oil fields in the Arab-majority eastern desert and villages 20km from the Syrian-Iraqi border in the country’s southeast.

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