Regions of Rojava

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Regions of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria
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The regions of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria: Afrin (yellow), Euphrates (violet and red), Jazira (green), Raqqa (purple), Tabqa (pink), Manbij (light blue), Deir ez-Zor (dark blue).
LocationNortheastern Syria
CreatedJanuary 29, 2014
Number7 (regions)

The de facto Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria is divided into several self-governing regions. Afrin, Jazira and Kobanî cantons were first established in January 2014 and were envisioned as sub-divisions for a "future decentralized system of federal governance in Syria."[1] The three cantons were later reorganized into three regions with subordinate cantons, areas, districts and communes. In September 2018, the regions of Raqqa, Tabqa, Manbij and Deir ez-Zor were incorporated into the de facto autonomous region as well.

In March 2016, the Shahba region was organized; however, it was later formed into a canton of the Afrin region. Elections for the local councils of the local councils of the Jazira Region, Euphrates Region and Afrin Region were held in December 2017.[2]

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Regions Official name (languages) Capital Largest city
Jazira Jazira Region
Qamishli[Note 1]
al-Hasakah[Note 2]
Euphrates Euphrates Region
Afrin Afrin Region
Tell Rifaat
Raqqa Raqqa Region
Tabqa Tabqa Region
Manbij Manbij Region
Deir ez-Zor Deir ez-Zor Region
Jazrat al-Buhamid Hajin

Admission of new regions[edit]

The Rojava cantons as they were originally established in January 2014.

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.[1]

The YPG has controlled the Aleppo neighbourhood of Sheikh Maqsood since 2012, but this territory has never been officially incorporated into the region's administration.


  1. ^ Qamishli is the capital of the entire autonomous region. The Syrian government still maintains control over parts of the city.
  2. ^ Rojava controls approximately 95% of al-Hasakah. The Syrian government retains control over the Hasakah Security Box.


  1. ^ a b "Charter of the Social Contract". January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  2. ^