Washington’s Secret Back-Channel Talks With Syria’s Kurdish ‘Terrorists’ -Foreignpolicy.com

A very detailed look at the US’s attempts to work with various Kurdish factions in Syria. It provides a good example of how it will be difficult to hold the anti-IS coalition together as each member pursues its own interests in the conflict. In this case, there is an unstable triangle made up of the US, Turkey and the Kurdish PYD. This also helps us understand the lack of decisive coalition action as the IS over runs the town of Kobani on the Turkish-Syrian border.