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Kurdish National Council

Kurdish National Council
Abbreviation KNC
Formation 26 October 2011 (39 months ago)
Purpose Kurdish autonomy
Headquarters Erbil
Region served Western Kurdistan
Membership 26 members (General Assembly)
Chairman/President Feysel Yusuf
Spokesperson Khair al-Dien Murad
Parent organization Kurdish Supreme Committee
Syrian National Coalition[1]
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Syrian Kurdistan

The Kurdish National Council (KNC, Syrian Civil War.[2][3]

The Kurdish National Council was founded in decentralization, with the KNC pressing for Kurdish autonomy, whereas the SNC has rejected anything more than administrative decentralization.[4]

Several KNC parties have also on occasion come into conflict with another Kurdish group, the Democratic Union Party, or PYD.[5] In order to reduce tensions, Massoud Barzani mediated between the two groups in July 2012 at a diplomatic meeting in Hawler. As a result, the PYD joined with the Kurdish National Council to form the Kurdish Supreme Committee along with a popular defence force to defend Syrian Kurdistan.[6] Under the agreement, cities that fall under the control of Syrian Kurdish forces will be ruled jointly by the PYD and the KNC until an election can be held. Despite the agreement before the groups, there remain allegations from the Kurdish Union Party that the PYD has forced buildings run by the KNC, which fly the Kurdish flag, to replace it with the PKK flag, which is used by the PYD. The PYD has apparently been able to do this through intimidation due to the fact that unlike most other Kurdish groups, the PYD is armed,[7] due in part to the fact that it ensures, at times forcibly, that no other groups maintain any significant armed wing like the YPG.

List of constituent parties

Name Leader
Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria Nasreddin Ibrahim
Kurdish Democratic National Party in Syria Tahir Sfook
Kurdish Democratic Equality Party in Syria Aziz Dawe
Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party in Syria' Hamid Darwish
Ismail Hamo
Syrian Democratic Kurdish Party Sheikh Jamal
Kurdish Left Party in Syria Muhammad Musa
Kurdish Yekiti Party in Syria Ismail Hamo
Yekiti Kurdistani Abdul Basit Hamo
Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria Abdul Rahman Aluji
Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria Feysel Yusuf
Kurdish Democratic Wifaq Party Nash’at Muhammad
Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria Dr. Abdul Hakim Bashar
Kurdish Democratic Unity Party in Syria (Yekiti) Sheikh Ali
Azadi Kurdish Party in Syria Mustafa Oso
Azadi Kurdish Party in Syria Mustafa Jumaa

See also


  1. ^ "PYD Leader Skeptical of Kurdish Agreement With Syrian Opposition". 9 March 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Last chance' to avoid civil war in Syria: Annan"'". Agence France-Presse. 2012-05-09. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Political Groups to Run Liberated Kurdish Cities in Syria Through Joint Committee". Rudaw. 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  4. ^ "The Kurdish National Council in Syria". Carnegie Middle East Center. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  5. ^ "Syrian Kurdish moves ring alarm bells in Turkey". Reuters. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Barzani Unites Syrian Kurds Against Assad". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Liberated Kurdish Cities in Syria Move into Next Phase". Rudaw. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
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