FILE - In this Sunday, March. 3, 2013 file photo, a Kurdish female member of the Popular Protection Units stands guard at a checkpoint near the northeastern city of Qamishli, Syria. Syria’s Kurds ... more 
FILE - In this Sunday, March. 3, 2013 file photo, a Kurdish female member of the Popular Protection Units stands guard at a checkpoint near the northeastern city of Qamishli, Syria. Syria’s Kurds have dramatically strengthened their hold on the far northeast reaches of the country, carving out territory as they drive out Islamic militant fighters allied to the rebellion and declaring their own civil administration in areas under their control this week amid the chaos of the civil war. The moves could be a first step toward creating an autonomous region similar to one Kurds run across the border as virtually a separate country within Iraq. But the Kurds’ drive has angered rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad. It even worries some Kurds, who suspect the main faction leading the fighting and the new administration is actually acting on behalf of Assad to undermine the rebellion.(AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Manu Brabo, File
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