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Unlikely partners join forces to lead by example in Syria

An opposition group known as Syria’s Tomorrow and Kurdish self-rule proponents have forged an agreement they hope will bring other opposition factions together and enlist the support of Arab countries to end the war and build a civil democratic pluralist state.
Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba looks on as he makes a statement after the conclusion of talks on Syria, in Geneva January 31, 2014.   REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX182HC

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — At least one peace-seeking pact appears to be moving forward in Syria. An agreement recently inked in Cairo is being touted as an unprecedented alliance between the Kurds and a Syrian opposition group.

The deal was reached Sept. 10 between Syria’s Tomorrow opposition movement, led by Ahmad Jarba, and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), with the aim of working jointly "toward building Syria’s future.” Jarba was backed by Saudi Arabia when he was president of the Syrian National Coalition (2013-14), while the Kurdish pro-self-rule PYD is said to be collaborating with the Syrian regime.

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