Kurds see chance for liberation in Syria mess

Jan 22, 2014, 4:18 PM EST
Syrian Kurds wave flags as they gather on the border with Turkey, near Mardin's Nusaybin district, on November 7, 2013.
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The lack of effective governance and an unstable security situation have Kurds in Northeast Syria inching toward real autonomy, which they have already claimed in limited fashion as they try to improve infrastructure and carve out a distinct geographic home.
Background:
Amid Syria violence, Kurds find autonomy [Reuters]
Kurds announce own local govt. in Cizire [Rudaw]
Kurdish women fight for equality [Reuters]