Round 3, July 2017.                                                                                                     العربية

 

Kurdish Democratic Union Party
(PYD)

Amount of influence in the life of Syria

       Lowest rating: 1 of 5

       Highest rating: 5 of 5

       Average rating ( 10 assessments): 3.3 of 5

Commitment to inclusive nationalism for Syria

      Core : 22%

      Champion: 0%

      Conditional: 33%

      Neutral: 0%

      Opposed: 45%

Round 3 suggestions to weaken this actor who was mostly seen as opposed:

    " Stop providing weapons and precondition political behavior for access to political talks." (231642)

 

Importance of the PYD in the life of Syria

Round 3 statements (Nov. 2016 - July 2017):

     "Influential in suppressing other Kurdish groups. The United States supports them with weapons. They are the only Kurdish group in Syria with a military wing. The PKK also provides for them. The United States thinks they are a democratic group. They use the PYD because they are a simple solution for a military presence.” (231642)

    "They are the military force of the Kurdish Regional Government.” (233121)

     "Influential because the United States supports it. It is only powerful in the north of Syria. There will come a time when everyone will fight them. They use the revolution to their advantage. They never fought the regime.” (230713)

     "They control about 16% of Syrian territory in a resource rich area (oil). They have some relations with all parties even though they are fighting them at the same time. They are a prime force against ISIL. They will have an important role in reconstruction.” (233911)

     "It is an instrument of the international community. They were never recognized until today. They will have a future role if Syria is federated. They will have autonomy. They have prepared by opening a census office. The regime is also preparing for it.” (233881)

     "The Kurds are trying to divide Syria to make their own country.” (231211)

     "They are the main fighting force against Daesh. They could be an element of destabilization for Turkey if they are not contained in Syria. They want autonomy, but not total separation. The separation debate is over rated.” (238631)

    "They are the same as the PKK. They are terrorists. They destroy the villages of Arabs and Turkmen, even opposing Kurdish groups. They are the same as ISIL, only Kurdish. They are the political arm of a terrorist group.” (234281)

Round 2 statements (Nov. 2016 - July 2017):

   “They control a large piece of territory in the north of Syria, economically and politically. They want Syria to be federal. They are not extremists. They are not democratic, despite their name. They are less extremist than any other group in the area.” (221641)

   “Military wing of the PKK. Spinal cord for Syrian Democratic forces. They control an oil rich region. They claim to be fighting terrorism with US support, but they have a national vision for their own state.” (223881)

   “The United States is still using them instead of the Free Syrian Army.” (221211) 

    “They greatly improve the quality of life in areas they control, which generates support.” (221641)

   “The amount of fighters they have, and their support from the United States and Russia.” (223911)

   “The Kurds are trying to divide Syria to make their own country.” (221211)

Round 1 statements (Jan. 2016 - May 2016):

   “United States is supporting them [against] Daesh, but they evicted non-Kurds from Syrian territory.” (214281)

   “Will have autonomy in their own region. Example of Syria's likely future as collection of federated states.” (215261)