LAist, “SoCal’s Kurds Rally To Save Their Radical Democratic Enclave in Northern Syria”

It’s been three weeks since President Trump ordered U.S. troops to withdraw from northeastern Syria, where they’d spent years backing Syrian Kurdish militias fighting against ISIS.

Trump’s move made way for a long-planned Turkish-led offensive into the region, which so far has left scores of civilians dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

It also spells the likely end of a radical democratic experiment set up by the Syrian Kurds several years ago amid the chaos of civil war.

The geographic area known as Rojava is defended by Kurdish-majority militia groups who have been America’s Kurdish allies, but the Turkish government considers terrorists.

Here in Southern California, Kurdish-Americans and local supporters of this unique Kurdish-led self-governing region are eager to preserve it.

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