Kurds declare federation in northern Syria; Damascus, Ankara object

Representatives of the three regions under Kurdish control in northern Syria declared the establishment of a Kurdish federation on Thursday. The announcement came at a meeting of the representatives from Afrin, Kobani and Jazira-Hassakeh held in the northeastern city of Rmeilan. In response, the Syrian government and senior Turkish officials declared their opposition to the unilateral Kurdish step and claimed it was illegal.

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