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The Kurdish Supreme Committee (Kurdish: Desteya Bilind a Kurd‎; DBK) was a self-proclaimed governing body in Northern Syria, which was founded by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kurdish National Council (KNC), following the signing on 12 July 2012 of a cooperation agreement between the two parties in Hewlêr, Iraqi Kurdistan[1] under the auspice of the Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani.[2] The member board consists of an equal number of PYD and KNC members.[3]

Kurdish Supreme Committee
Desteya Bilind a Kurd
Kurdish Supreme Committee emblem.svg
Emblem of the Kurdish Supreme Committee
AbbreviationDBK (Kurdish)
KSC (English)
FormationJune 11, 2012; 7 years ago (2012-06-11)
Founded atErbil
ExtinctionLate 2013
PurposeSelf-governance of Syrian Kurdistan
Region served
Northern Syria
Official language
Kurdish nationalist aspirations in Northern Syria, including territory actually or formerly under the control of local Kurdish militias, and places where Kurds constitute an absolute or relative majority.

The DBK sought to fill the power vacuum left behind by the retreating Syrian Army in mid-2012 during the Syrian Civil War.[4] It claimed self-governance based on Kurdish ethnicity of the population. The committee's armed wing consisted of the People's Protection Units (YPG) and Women's Protection Units (YPJ) and was complemented with the Asayish police force.

The PYD increased its influence and control within Kurdish populated regions of Northern Syria, and increasing marginalization of the Kurdish National Council led to the KNC abandoning the DBK in November 2013, and the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM), a coalition led by the PYD, declared a new administration. The new administration pursued a democratic confederalism model, moving towards a more decentralized and multi-ethnic structure.[5]

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  1. ^ "The Kurdish National Council in Syria". Carnegie Middle East Center. 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Member of National Council Says Committee Has Failed to Bridge Differences with PYD". Rûdaw. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Now Kurds are in charge of their fate: Syrian Kurdish official". Rudaw. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Who are the Kurds?". BBC News. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  5. ^ Sary, Ghadi (September 2016). "Kurdish Self-governance in Syria: Survival and Ambition" (PDF). Chatham House. p. 11. Retrieved 6 February 2017.