Kurdish authorities who control a growing area of Syria have ambitious spending plans for their territory, pointing to the rising influence of a minority that believes it is the real target of Turkey’s intervention in the
The Kurdish-led administration has already redrawn the map of northern Syria and its militia, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), is gaining further ground from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), helped by air support from a U.S.-led alliance.
Its prime minister, Akram Hasso, says spending will double this year from 2014 as the authorities provide services for a greater population due to the territorial gains.
“We have started projects: health, sewerage, medical, agricultural projects, and local municipality services,” said Hasso, who heads the autonomous administration of the northeast, known as Jazeera province, that was set up last year to fill a vacuum left by the retreating Syrian state.
“Now, the local municipalities are undertaking a project to asphalt the roads in all the cities of the region,” he said in an interview with Reuters conducted via Skype.
In 2016, the budget will hit at least 15 billion Syrian pounds ($55 million), nearly six times higher than last year.
Kurds live as minorities in Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. Although none of the populations has its own state, Kurds have ruled an autonomous region of northern Iraq since the early 1990s which borders the area now run by Kurds in northeastern Syria.
Syria’s Kurds deny they want to establish their own state, but Turkey is alarmed by their territorial gains which it fears could stir separatism among its own Kurdish minority. This concern is seen as a motivation behind the air strikes Ankara has launched in recent days against ISIS in Syria and the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey and Iraq.
Turkey’s intervention has put the Syrian Kurdish administration on guard: its three regions, or cantons, issued a joint statement on Sunday asserting their legitimate right to self-defense against any “flagrant aggression.”
However, a Turkish official had said earlier that the PYD, the YPG’s political arm, fell “outside the scope” of its operation targeting ISIS in northern Syria.
The PYD is affiliated to the PKK, although Hasso describes himself as a political independent.
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