Little wonder that the Kurds, who until very recently didn’t even have Syrian citizenship, feel threatened. Under pressure from an Arab nationalist majority, they’re also worried about the increasing Islamization of the rebellion. The PYD is a leftist party whose armed wing includes female fighters. Women participate politically in the Kurdish areas of neighboring Turkey, with some municipalities having female mayors. Liberal Kurds want nothing to do with the Islamists who seek to turn Syria into a Shariah state. Reports that the Islamists destroyed a liquor store in Ras al-Ayn, therefore, resonated ominously among the town’s Kurds.
Why Syria's Kurds fear Syria's rebels
You'll hear that Syria's Kurdish minority isn't exactly getting along with Syria's anti-Assad rebels. But few reports explain why. Here's a quick take by Balint Szlanko: