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It is also considered by Assyrians as Gozarto (meaning Upper Mesopotamia), part of the historical Syriac-Assyrian homeland.While entertaining some foreign relations, the regions within Rojava are not officially recognized as autonomous by the government of Syria or any international state or organization.The Kurdish regiments that accompanied Saladin established self-ruled areas in and around Damascus.
They are relatively flat except for the Kurd Mountains in Afrin Region.
In July 2012, the YPG established control in the towns of Kobanî, Amuda and Afrin, and the Kurdish Supreme Committee established a joint leadership council to administer the towns.
Soon YPG also gained control of the cities of Al-Malikiyah, Ras al-Ayn, al-Darbasiyah, and al-Muabbada and parts of Hasakah and Qamishli.
In terms of governorates of Syria, Rojava is formed from most of al-Hasakah Governorate, the northern parts of Raqqa Governorate, the northwestern parts of the Deir ez-Zor Governorate and the northwestern and northeastern Aleppo Governorate.
Rojava is part of the Fertile Crescent, and includes archaeological sites dating to the Neolithic, such as Tell Halaf.