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The de facto Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, often referred to as Rojava, is divided into several self-governing regions. The Afrin, Jazira and Euphrates Regions followed from the cantons established in January 2014 and were envisioned as sub-divisions for a future federalisation of Syria. The three cantons were later reorganized into three regions with subordinate cantons, areas, districts and communes.

In March 2018, most of the Afrin Region was captured by the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and Syrian National Army (SNA) in Operation Olive Branch, becoming part of the Turkish occupation of northern Syria. The Afrin Region was reduced to an area around Tell Rifaat. In September 2018, the regions of Raqqa, Tabqa, Manbij and Deir ez-Zor were incorporated into the de facto autonomous region as well. Parts of the Euphrates and Jazira Regions also became occupied by the TAF and SNA after the October 2019 Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria.

Elections for the local councils of the regions were held in December 2017.

List[edit | edit source]

Regions Official name (languages) Capital Largest city
Jazira Region Arabicإقليم الجزيرة, Kurdish Herêma Cizîrê, Classical Syriac ܦܢܝܬܐ ܕܓܙܪܬܐ Qamishli (The Syrian government still maintains control over part of the city.) al-Hasakah (Rojava controls approximately 95% of al-Hasakah. The Syrian government retains control over the Hasakah Security Box)
Euphrates Region Arabic إقليم الفرات, Kurdish Herêma Firatê, Classical Syriac ܦܢܝܬܐ ܕܦܪܬ Kobanî
Afrin Region Arabic إقليم عفرين, Kurdish Herêma Efrînê, Classical Syriac ܦܢܝܬܐ ܕܥܦܪܝܢ Tell Rifaat]]
Raqqa Region إقليم الرقة, Kurdish Herêma Reqayê, Classical Syriac ܦܢܝܬܐ ܕܪܩܗ Raqqa
Tabqa Region Arabic إقليم الطبقة, Kurdish Herêma Tebqayê, Classical Syriac ܦܢܝܬܐ ܕܛܒܩܗ colspan="2"Tabqa
Manbij Region Arabic إقليم منبج, Kurdish Herêma Minbicê, Classical Syriac ܦܢܝܬܐ ܕܡܒܘܓ colspan="2"Manbij
Deir ez-Zor Region Arabic إقليم دير الزور, Kurdish Herêma Dêra Zorê, Classical Syriac ܦܢܝܬܐ ܕܕܝܪ ܐܠ ܙܘܪ Jazrat al-Buhamid Hajin

Admission of new regions[edit | edit source]

Article 7 of the Constitution of the de facto autonomous region states:

All cities, towns and villages in Syria which accede to this Charter may form Cantons falling within Autonomous Regions.

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