The GCC's Kurdish Conundrum

The Kurdish Syrian opposition group, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) has become the de facto primary ground forces ally of the United States in Syria and is poised to play a leading role in any assault on Raqqa, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) capital.

The GCC's Kurdish Conundrum
In southeastern Turkey near the border with Syria, a Turkish soldier watches as a flag of the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, is raised over the city of Tal Abyad, Syria. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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