Regions of the AANES

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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, Euphrates, Jazira, Raqqa, Tabqa, Manbij, Deir ez-Zor.
LocationNortheastern Syria
  • January 29, 2014

The de facto Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, sometimes 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.[1] 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.[2]


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]


  1. ^ The Syrian government still maintains control over part 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^