The fighting between Syrian Arab rebels and a Kurdish militia that broke out in November in the northeastern Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn threatens to open up a chasm beneath a rebellion already charged with sectarian and ethnic overtones. Ras al-Ayn now enjoys a shaky truce, but further fighting could add a new dimension to a war that is already pitting Syria's Sunni Muslims and Alawites against each other.

Kurdish-Rebel Clashes Raise Specter of Interethnic War in Syria

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RAS AL-AYN, Syria -- The fighting between Syrian Arab rebels and a Kurdish militia that broke out in November in the northeastern Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn threatens to open up a chasm beneath a rebellion already charged with sectarian and ethnic overtones.

The violence in Ras al-Ayn started when two Islamist groups attacked Syrian government forces in this small town on the Turkish border. Quickly defeated, the regime responded with airstrikes that sent the town’s entire population fleeing into Turkey. ...

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