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Turkey: The Effects of the Syrian Civil War

The civil war raging in Syria is also endangering the peaceful coexistence amongst religious groups in Turkey's border regions. Many Kurds are already deeply involved in the conflict.

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Earlier this year the PKK Kurdish armed separatist group declared a ceasefire with Turkey and agreed to abandon all military activities. More and more Turkish Kurds are crossing the border to fight in Syria, however. The Kurds here enjoy greater autonomy than those living in Turkey. The Turkish government fears that an independent Syrian Kurdistan would give rise to separatist sentiment amongst Turkey's 30 million Kurds.