McClatchy reports that Syria’s Kurds are dead set on reversing some historical land confiscations that’ve left them high and dry:
The land confiscation took place across the country. But in the predominantly Kurdish province of Hasaka, in Syria’s northeast corner, the resettlement of Arabs from another part of the country in the 1970s created ethnic tensions that could manifest themselves violently when the Syrian government fully relinquishes control of the area, now seen by many as only a matter of time.“We have to ask them to give us our land back. If they don’t, we have to do whatever we need to do,” said [Kurdish farmer Sattam] Sheikhmous. “It’s not just our land, it’s Kurdish land. If they don’t leave peacefully, we will use weapons.”
We’ve kept an eye on the potential for a Kurdish spring in the region. When and if it comes, Syria is likely to become a central part of the conflict. But when the Kurds attempt to take arable and oil-rich land from the Arab population, you can be sure it won’t happen without a fight. Indeed, a similar struggle in Iraq has been raging now for nearly a decade.And as ever, Turkey, home to 14 million Kurds its government views as troublesome nationalists, will not be happy about the prospect of a new Kurdish power along its borders. Soon, Ankara may decide that it needs to get involved as well.Turkey’s involvement in a Syrian-Kurdish conflict isn’t likely to lessen the bloodshed.