By David Enders McClatchy Newspapers Published: November 15, 2012 RAS AL AYN, Syria - The two major Syrian Kurdish political factions have put aside their differences and called for rebels to leave this city, where they have been battling troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad for the past week. Both the Kurdish United Democratic Party, known by its initials as the PYD, and the Kurdish National Council, the other main Kurdish political party in Syria, fear that the arrival of rebels in Kurdish areas will bring destruction to Syria's relatively quiet northeast. Read more @ Kurds on Turkish border ask Syrian rebels to leave - Middle East - Stripes What the article doesn't deal with are the Kurds inside Turkey AND Iraq. The Kurdish area of Iraq is probably the calmest and most productive at the moment. They seem to be able to live together in spite of having various Islamic factions amongst themselves.