"What is more, they also realized that the PKK's support of the violent regime in Syria puts all Kurds in the region in an awkward position. They do not want Kurds to be seen as supporting a brutal regime that has been cracking down on civilian protestors."
Unexplained was why Assad would risk further alienating Turkey, especially when he's pre-occupied against heavily armed Western-backed insurgents. The last thing he wants is Ankara's more direct involvement. Doing so might turn the tide against him. He's no fool and wouldn't risk it.
In 1998, Turkey and Syria nearly clashed. As a result, Assad distanced himself from PKK elements to prevent war erupting. Why risk it now? Moreover, Syria's Kurdish area's been peaceful since he granted hundreds of thousands there citizenship.
However, Today's Zaman claimed "Turkish intelligence reports submitted to the government detailed how the Assad regime has been providing support to the PKK in Syria by giving them freedom to operate in the northern part of the country bordering Turkey."
It added that doing so provides a buffer zone against possible Turkish intervention in Syria, either alone or as part of NATO. Again, antagonizing Ankara hardly seems a sound way to do it.
On March 24, Reuters headlined, "Syrian tanks enter northern town, Homs pounded again," saying:
"Ignoring a U.N. Security Council call for an end to hostilities, President Bashar al-Assad's forces clashed with rebel fighters and bombarded several towns and cities, aiming to crush a year-long uprising against the government."
Killer gang violence is ignored. Assad confronting it responsibly is called "ignoring" a UN mandate. What's about his people's safety. As head of state, he's obligated to protect them.
Months of violence took thousands of lives. More die daily. Assad's blamed for killer gang deaths and atrocities. Washington's war on him rages. So do scoundrel media backing regime change.