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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - Syria-Kurdistan, Kobanê defeated, Afrin will win (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 31 Jan 2018 10:38:46 +0200

Libertarian Alternative condemns the Turkish and Islamist attack, launched with the green light of Putin, against the Rojava / Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. International solidarity with the Kurdish left! Some explanations and hypotheses on this new turning point in the Syrian civil war. ---- After months of impatience, the Turkish army and its Islamist auxiliaries based in the Idlib region launched an assault on the canton of Afrin, one of the historic Kurdish cantons , which declared its democratic autonomy in July 2012, and today is a pillar of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria . ---- Why Erdogan is attacking now ---- The Turkish state hates the Kurdish left, whose center of gravity is the PKK, and would willingly raze all Syrian Kurdistan if it had the power, as it has put Turkish Kurdistan on fire since the summer of 2015 .

It does not support the idea that is constituted, on its southern border, a political entity dominated de facto by the Kurdish left.

The imperialist adventure Erdogan in Syria since 2011 is a failure : Bashar al-Assad is still in place ; the Islamic State, which he had supported, is on the ground ; the Islamist militias he sponsors in the Idlib region have no future, and are bombarded by the Russians.

Erdogan is also outraged that the United States militarily supports this Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, for imperialist reasons of their own - to hinder Iranian influence in the region.

Islamist militiamen from the Sultan-Murad Brigade (linked to Ankara, affiliated with the ASL) praying before the assault on Afrin on 22 January 2018.
Why Afrin ?
The Canton of Afrin is considered the " weak link " of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria by the Turkish state, because it is separated from the rest of Syrian Kurdistan by the Turkish occupation zone.

The conquest of the Canton of Afrin may offer a way out of Islamist militias now identified in the Idlib region, and expand the Turkish occupation zone in northern Syria. After Afrin, one of Erdogan's declared goals is the city of Manbij.

Why does Putin let it ?
In the face of Turkish threats, the integrity of the canton of Afrin was, until now, guaranteed by the Russian army, which controlled the airspace, and had a base there.

The Russian forces evacuated Afrin , and even allowed the Turkish air force to bomb the canton. Why this flip-flop ?

According to the Turkish press , Erdogan would have demanded Moscow's carte blanche to invade the canton, failing which Ankara would defeat the peace talks in Syria.

According to Aldar Xelîl , one of the leaders of the Tev-Dem Movement [1], the Russians asked the Kurdish Self-administration on 19 January to allow Bashar al-Assad's army to take control of Afrin for lack of what they would allow the Turkish attack. Kurdish forces have clearly refused this blackmail. Hence the Russian go-ahead in Ankara.

It is possible that Erdogan's obsessive hatred against the Kurdish left will ultimately serve Moscow's interests: Idlib's Islamist militias and their Turkish chaperone rushing against the militia of the Kurdish left, is the simultaneous weakening of several opponents of the bloody regime of Damascus.

Why Afrin can hold

Afrin is a mountainous region, in which Turkish armored vehicles will penetrate less easily than in open country.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had been waiting months for this offensive, and had time to prepare the defense.

Although isolated, Afrin can receive reinforcements via a " corridor " currently controlled by the Damascus regime. The latter will probably leave him open as long as he deems it useful for Islamist militias in Idlib to exhaust themselves by attacking Afrin.

The Turkish army and its proxy Islamist militias did not particularly shine by their effectiveness during the " Euphrates Shield " campaign at the end of 2016. Daesh held them in check for three months in front of Al-Bab. What will they do to face Afrin that, already, the population of Syrian Kurdistan calls to defend with the same heroism as Kobanê ?

Solidarity is needed ! Alternative libertarian all and all anticolonialists and anti-imperialists to join the protests at the call of the Kurdish Democratic Council in France (CDKF) .

We got up for Kobanê, let's get up for Afrin !

Libertarian alternative, January 22, 2018

In Lorient, Wednesday, January 24 at 18 hours, Place Aristide-Briand
In Paris , Saturday, January 27 at 3 pm, Place de la République, at the call of the Kurdish Democratic Council in France.

The Democratic Federation of Northern Syria in December 2017 (click to enlarge)

[1] The Movement for a Democratic Society (Tev-Dem), born in Syrian Kurdistan in 2011, is a broad coalition of associations, parties and local committees wishing to set up the project of democratic confederalism. Read about " Yes, people can change things (experience Rojava) " , Alternative Libertaire, November 2014.

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