- Apr 13, 2011
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- Political Leaning
As an alliance of U.S.-backed militias advance against Islamic State in northern Syria, their political allies are making progress of their own toward a new federal system of government which they hope will take root in newly captured areas.
The autonomous federation being planned by Syrian Kurdish parties and their allies is taking shape fast: a constitution should be finalised in three months, and possibly sooner, to be followed quickly by elections, a Kurdish official said.
The plan had taken on even greater significance since the Syria Democratic Forces alliance, which is spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia, mounted a rapid new advance westwards this month into Islamic State's last foothold at the Turkish border.
The idea of newly-captured territory joining the "Democratic Federal System for Rojava - Northern Syria" was discussed last week with members of a local council set up to run the IS-held city of Manbij, a target of the campaign.
The Kurdish politicians at the heart of the effort say it will safeguard the rights of all ethnic groups, allowing communities to govern themselves and serving as a model for an eventual solution to the Syrian war.
But it has encountered broad opposition, including the United States, the Syrian government in Damascus, and the Syrian opposition to Assad.
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The plan would not give Rojava complete sovereignty, they state they will remain part of Syria, but will be given federal autonomy. They even say they will fly the Syrian flag still but will also fly a newly designed federal flag. I do hope this move forwards, the values laid out in a possible constitution/agreement are values I think we can all uphold. One thing for sure is it sure as **** has the Turks nervous.