<p>In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 file photo, Russian air force personnel prepare to load humanitarian cargo on board a Syrian Il-76 plane at Hemeimeem air base in Syria. Russiaís defense ministry said Tuesday, March 15, 2016 that the first group of warplanes stationed at the Russian air base in Syria has left for home following a pullout order from President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Vladimir Isachenkov, File)</p>
A spokesman for a powerful Syrian Kurdish political party said his faction is planning to declare a federal region in northern Syria.
Nawaf Khalil of the Democratic Union Party told The Associated Press that his party is not lobbying for an only-Kurdish region but wants to see the "model of federalism applied to all of Syria."
Khalil, in a phone interview, said the area envisioned for northern Syria would include representation for Turkmen, Arabs and Kurds.
The declaration is expected to be made at the end of a Kurdish conference that is being held Wednesday in the town of Rmeilan in northern Syria.