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Aug 31 2016 16:05

US Special Forces deployed between Turkey forces & Jarabulus Military Council (SDF) to ensure ceasefire holds, 31 Aug 2016, Jarablus Mil. Council Head Colonel Ali Hijo

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Sep 9 2016 04:46

Declaration of the formation of the Syrian National Resistance Against the Turkish Occupation in Northern Aleppo

You can get the general gist with a google translation.

Here is another article about it in English: New Syria group vows to “resist”
Turkish military incursion
, Albin Szakola, NOW, Sep 7, 2016

I'm linking to this announcement because one name stands out for me:

Majid Hebu (Macid Hebo), European Representative of Wheat Wave Movement -- Law – Citizenship – Rights Movement -- Teyar El-Qemih -- QMH

Teyar El-Qemih is the group that former co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Assembly -- Haytham Manna leads. Majid Hebu was also a representative of the Syrian Democratic Assembly.

Soon after the Syrian Democratic Assembly was formed, Haytham Manna resigned as co-chair in protest of the announcement of a "Federal Region of Northern Syria -- Rojava".

The iconography and the language in the Syrian National Resistance does suggest a connection with the Syrian Democratic Forces and Syrian Democratic Assembly. The colors are even TEV-DEM colors. It seems to be that QMH is still coordinate with TEV-DEM and the Syrian Democratic Assembly.

We Need to End This Dirty War: An Interview With Haytham Manna, Aron Lund, Diwan, March 03, 2015

Syrian dissident Haytham Manna says he will not attend Geneva talks, Reuters, Mar 11, 2016

Haytham Manna articles in "The Guardian"

http://haythammanna.net/

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Sep 9 2016 04:55

Iraqi Kurdistan Communist party protests govt plan to privatize electricity sector, September 4th, 2016, NRT

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Nov 7 2016 05:56

I know many posters who frequent this forum are skeptical of the PYD and TEV-DEM's post-nationalist politics, regarding the YPG as little more than an ethnic gang.

I came across on interesting article on ANHA News in Kurdish.

Hişmendiya netewperest û rêgeza wekheviyê; nîqaşên şêniyên Rojava ( Google translate does a fair job if you know the subject matter and the personalities involved.)

Here is a similar article in Turkish

That is, its not really an article intended for a western audience and it hasn't been translated into English yet. Its about a forum held in Qamişlo, which is the largest city and defacto capitol of Rojava, The forum was about opposing the "Nation-worshipping" of "the West". The panel talked about how all nations could live together in the federal system: not only Kurds but also Arabs, Assyrians and Turkomans.

On the panel were:


  • Elizabeth Gawrie, Syriac, Syriac Union Party, TEV-DEM, co-President of the Jazira Canton, and also a member of the Association of Solidarity and Citizenship of the Peoples (SYPG)/Sazîya Yekîtî û Piştgiriya Gelan --a political group, not a militia

  • Hediya Yousef , Kurd, PYD, TEV-DEM, co-president of the Federal Region of Northern Syria - Rojava, Yousef was co-governor of Jazira canton, alongside leading Shammar shaykh Humaidi Daham al-Hadi

  • Mansur Selum, Arab from Tel Abyad (Girê Spî), co-president of the Federal Region of Northern Syria - Rojava, co-chair of Tel Abyad people's assembly

  • Şoreş Amed, SYPG Spokesperson (if this is his Facebook and twitter, he is likely PYD and Apocu.

  • Bengîn Bêzî, SYPG

There is a fascinating story of Tel Abyad's new people's court resolving a feud between Selum's family and another. Selum had lost a son in the feuding.

While putting together this post, I came across a speech (google translate) by Şoreş Amed.;

Şoreş Amed wrote:
free world in which peoples live fraternally, equally, fairly and peacefully, with no classes or boundaries against exploitation, occupation, oppression, massacres and genocide . Amed pointed out that no tyrannical system could survive the revolutionary battles that the oppressed peoples had grown up in a common and organized manner, and noted that the experiences of the peoples of the world were instructive in this regard.

Expressing that the peoples of the Middle East were constantly confronted by imperialist and reactionary forces on the basis of sectarian, racial and religious reaction, Amed voiced that there were examples of people living together despite all the provocations and games. "So to claim the Rojava revolution, to fight for success is to uphold the tradition of the people's fraternity and resistance," said the SYPG spokesman Amed, who said that the Rojava revolution is the most concrete expression of the will of the people to live together.

Emphasizing that the Rojava revolution is a women's revolution at the same time, Shoreh Amed said that the revolution will work for the promotion of women's existence, strengthening and permanentization of women's representation in all institutions and areas of the revolution.

In the same event, Sengal (Sinjar, Iraq) Ezidi Parliamentary Member Hidir Faris "This institution was founded on the backs of those who sacrificed their lives for a great deal of labor, thanks to fighters fighting against imperialism and capitalism."

Some more details about TEV-DEM's mother tongue education have emerged.

200 students learning in Turkmen mother tongue in Dadata, 10KM from Tel Abyad. 5 Teachers teaching in Turkish an Arabic (4 of them women). Thats in a village of 500 people.

TEV-DEM has recruited "50 Syriac language teachers who will be sent to schools in the cities of Rimelan, Qamishli, Ras al-Ain, Malikiyah and Qahtaniyah." TEV-DEM likes to have a classroom size of 28 students per teacher. That means TEV-DEM is providing Syriac education to 1,400 students. Also, its interesting to note that: "that most political parties and church bodies did not accept the introduction of the teaching of the Syriac language, except the Syriac Union Party, an ally of PYD."

Syriac Language to Be Taught in PYD-controlled Schools

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According to the Rojava’s Education Commission, the old Ba’athist curriculum has been replaced. Primary education will now be taught in three languages: Kurdish, Arabic and Syriac-Assyrian. The overwhelming majority of the schools in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah Governorate are controlled by the NSR (Federal region of Northern Syria - Rojava) administration. The exceptions are a handful of schools inside regime-held areas and a number of private Christian schools in Hasakah and Qamishli.

Rojava administration launches new curriculum in Kurdish, Arabic and Assyrian, Ahmed Shiwesh, ARA News, October 7, 2016

Video on the changes to the education system from ARA News: cancellation of the Ba'ath regime educaiton; education in 6 grades in Kurdish, education in 6 grades in Arabic and education in 3 grades in Syriac-Assyrian.

(in other news, the AKP state of Turkey says they *might* let Zarok TV the Kurdish language Chilrden's TV station return to the air, if 40% of its content is in Turkish. The kids just want it back.. Turkey recently closed 20 TV and Radio stations)

I know a lot of people are skeptical about the PYD being post-nationalists, but this is what they tell themselves and tell the people they are organizing with in what is clearly a multi-ethnic, multi-religious way. At this point I have far more material reasons to believe in their post-nationalist politics than others who claim to be internationalist.

Or in the words of Memed Aksoy in a blog posting from before the Rojava Revolution in March 2011:

Memed Aksoy wrote:
we are, on a political level, supporters of a democratic socialist society that is ecological and also gender emancipatory. The organisation of this society is from the bottom up and foresees the organisation of society according to all its different 'colours,' whether that be gender-based, religion or class based, or ethnicity-based, society, we believe has the right to organise according to its needs and the needs of nature, not the needs of the state structure.

SYPG is in solidarity with Standing Rock:

A bit on refugee centers in Greece:

Here is a story on Five Refugee Centers setup by the Syrian Revolutionary Left Current. Over 2400 refugees including children live there. They also provide aid in forms of food, clothing, and so on to over 1600 refugees living in other centers across the city. A comrade who has been to those camps tells me this article in the Washington Post is about the same centers: Welcome to Greece’s refugee squats. The Syrian Revolutionary Left Current is working with Rojava, Syrian Democratic Council and TWDS now. There is a similar refugee camp of 400 om Greece that is obviously sympathetic to the PKK: PKK flags and Ocalan's face: Inside Greece's self-ruling Kurdish enclave

Since I'm in a mood for international solidarity against fascism, here I am with some Turks and Kurds signing Bella Ciao in a small demonstration against the arrests of Cumhuriyet journalists and HDP parlimentarians .

I like an internationalism that is manfiest in action.

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Nov 7 2016 06:52

SDF has announced the start of its campaign to liberate Raqqa, called the "Wrath of Euphrates" / "Ghahbab al-Furat"

Final Showdown: Raqqa


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The SDF is deploying 30,000 fighters for this battle.

US-backed forces launch bid to capture IS Syria 'capital', Al Monitor, 11/6/2016

The Long Battle to Retake the ISIS Capital, Raqqa, Has Now Begun, WLADIMIR VAN WILGENBURG, NANCY A. YOUSSEF, Daily Beast, 11.06.16

ANHA wrote:
Many revolutionary and military factions comprised under SDF are majorly moving under the command of Ghadab al-Firat operations room and these factions are YPG, YPJ, liwaa Soqour al-Raqqa(Raqqa Hawks Brigade), Liwaa Shoheda al-Raqqa, Shoheda Hamam Turkman brigade, Ahrar al-Raqqa brigade, Liwaa Thuwar Til Abyad, and the Syriac Military Council.

Factions comprised under SDF include further factions but groups taking part in this campaign are majorly of Raqqa fighters and nearby regions.

Who is taking part in Ghadab al-Firat campaign?, ANHA News, 06.11.2016

Arab SDF forces are expected to be the primary forces involved with the offensive with the YPG/YPJ, MFS/HSNB, Quwat al-Nukhbat (militia of Ahmed Jarba's Syrian Tomorrow Movement) and SDF Sarrin battalion in supporting roles.

I also note with interest that a Katibat Shuhada Hammam al-Turkman will be participating in the offensive Hammam al-Turkman is the large Turkmen village south of Tel Abyad whose residents were temporarily displaced, but later returned and where TEV-DEM recently saw the opening of a Turkmen Cultural Center. Based on other mother tongue education in the Tel Abyad area, I think we can also assume primary education in Turkish. There is also a Tal Abyad unit involved.

A battalion of Faylaq ash-Sham recently defected from to join the Manbij Military Council near the Sajur river.

Democratic Council of Syria and Syrian Democratic Forces meet in Hasakah to discuss the strategic importance of the Raqqa campaign.
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The Afrin SDF was able to hold off Turkey's Operations Euphrates Shield from advancing west and south of Mare.

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Nov 7 2016 06:42

Speculation on the amount of recruits SDF has trained from Manbij:

Nobody_is_perfect wrote:
So Minimum 750 have already graduated in the SDF for the Manbij Military Council (including this 254). + 620 Assayish completed or still on training (of them 50 women). + 150 Minimum now in training for the SDF in Manbij.
And do not forget, there is also a local YPG group formed in Manbij from members of Manbij (unknown size, but small).
And all these since Manbij has been freed.

Summary of how the SDF is organized:

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Assayish are a paramilitaric police force; target is gerneral, 1/3 shall be women. They are equipped with military type weapons. Clashes with the NDF in Hasakah and Quamishly were regular in responsibility of the Assayish, YPG and SDF came later only for support. SWAT teams are called H.A.T., every of the 3 regions have now one (Kobani shall have been the last). You can compare the Assayish best with the Guardia civil in Spain or the Carabinieri in Italy or the Gendameria in France. (In Quamishli, in the government controlled parts, you have additional another police force, responsible for the regular police staff, like traffic control, parking control, follow up after accidents, small thiefs e.g., I expect in peace time something like this will be additional implemented). Assayish are a volunteer police force.

SDF as also YPG/YPJ are the volunteer front units. These are fighting the IS. Many YPG units are part of the SDF. Overall the women forces of the SDF and the YPJ are even more mixed and working together, in Afrin it even seems to be one mixed group, running around with different type of uniforms, depending from where they come. Also the YPG and SDF are more mixed and working as one group in Afrin. They are already calling themself as "revolutionary front". In Kobani and Quamishli, SDF and YPG forces are still less mixed, during the Manbij offensive, the short "Tabqa offensive" (just to widen the pocket on the east side of the dam), the landing Operation at the QQ bridge and the whole northern front was done by the YPG (>80% YPG), while the souther arm/front, starting at the dam, surrounding from the south and the west was done by the SDF units (80% SDF, 20% YPG). Manbij City was taken primary by the southern arm.

The conscript army are the HXP, 6 month conscript duty. Till now primary used behind the front at check points and as self defence forces to protect the homes of the civilians. And it seems now, this week they have been already accepted by the Syrian government as the regular future army of the northern part of Syria, responsible for home defence and especially to defend all outer borders, so Turkey and Iraq (so the former job of the SAA).

And than of course you have the HPC (do not forget them). These have a regular job and in their free time/weekends, they are manning check points, performing trainings e.g. In these are also 80 years old grandmothers e.g. and do not laugh, as seen during the IS raid last year with the 200 men, who have started in Sarrin. The raid was perfectly running as planned, 2 sVBIED had eliminated the week border control forces in Kobani, so no armed forces were left...till the grandmothers, kids and grandfathers (all others were at the front)packed out the AK47 from their cupboards and started to eliminate the raid in a storm of lead, so the whole raid eneded miserably. There was a nice picture of a 80 years old grandmother, sitting on her cheap white plastic chair on the middle of a crossing with her AK47 (as she was really not tall, it was really big in comparison) on her tight. Her comment: I am old. If they want to get in the house blocks behind me, they have to kill me. If they kill me, my comraids behind me will be warned and will kill them (she was not killed). These are also pure volunteers and support units, these are the last defence line to protect the civilians.

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Nov 7 2016 16:39

Flint wrote:

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I know many posters who frequent this forum are skeptical of the PYD and TEV-DEM's post-nationalist politics, regarding the YPG as little more than an ethnic gang.
I came across on interesting article on ANHA News in Kurdish.

It seems that Flint believes more in what Kurdish national-liberationist propaganda put forward as the truth than what a “pro-Islamist” says while criticizing the collaborationist politics of PYD. Why not? Everybody's free to believe to any god he likes…

Flint wrote:

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I know a lot of people are skeptical about the PYD being post-nationalists, but this is what they tell themselves and tell the people they are organizing with in what is clearly a multi-ethnic, multi-religious way. At this point I have far more material reasons to believe in their post-nationalist politics than others who claim to be internationalist.

Hey Flint, I’ve better quotes directly coming from TEV-DEM and which genuinely expose their real politics of collaborationism and not what some are fantasying about them:

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Q: As part of the Rojava government you are taking part in international diplomatic meetings. Have you had any communication with the United States? How have your visits with them gone?

A: I can say that our meetings have gone well. The United States is a point of changing its thoughts about the Kurds. In the past it had fears and concerns. Like who were the Kurds dealing with and from whom were they getting support. They had a series of questions such as how many forces do they have and how much will they be able to resist. When we compare it with the past it appears in our most recent meetings that even if there are still many question marks in this latest process there was an atmosphere in which we sensed they had received answers to the questions they asked. They received their answers from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. In this meeting they didn’t ask “what is the level of relations between the regime and the PYD.” They let us know that they reached the opinion that our two forces were the fighting on the same front in regards to the subject of Syria. We also saw them use words along the lines of “we recognize you both as the military power in Rojava and your political will and that there is such a force.” They made it clear that they would support us. They made promises that they would support this project materially and in every other aspect. We can say that a new door and a new path is now being considered in the United States. They said that they would support the Kurds and work together with them in a diplomatic relationship built on friendship. In this respect we can say that the United States has opened a new diplomatic door.

https://rojavareport.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/tev-dem-there-can-be-no-democratic-syria-without-rojava/

Ad Nauseam!

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Nov 7 2016 16:44

Flint wrote:

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Nobody_is_perfect wrote:
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Assayish are a paramilitaric police force; target is gerneral, 1/3 shall be women. They are equipped with military type weapons. Clashes with the NDF in Hasakah and Quamishly were regular in responsibility of the Assayish, YPG and SDF came later only for support. SWAT teams are called H.A.T., every of the 3 regions have now one (Kobani shall have been the last). You can compare the Assayish best with the Guardia civil in Spain or the Carabinieri in Italy or the Gendameria in France.

WAW what a comparison! Assayish are like the Spanish, Italian or French Gendarmerie? I personally never had any doubt about! But tell that to “anarchists” who pretend to piss on the police and to fuck any state institutions!

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Nobody_is_perfect wrote:
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The conscript army are the HXP, 6 month conscript duty. Till now primary used behind the front at check points and as self defence forces to protect the homes of the civilians. And it seems now, this week they have been already accepted by the Syrian government as the regular future army of the northern part of Syria, responsible for home defence and especially to defend all outer borders, so Turkey and Iraq (so the former job of the SAA).

WAW once again! “Accepted by the Syrian government” without obviously speaking about the Pentagon and the Kremlin! All imperialists, capitalists, statists agree with Rojava structures, except maybe the Turkish nation-state but it’s just a question of time and opportunities. BTW the PKK already signed peace agreements with Erdogan’s government and Ocalan is calling from is jail for new peace discussions…

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Nov 7 2016 17:31
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the PKK already signed peace agreements with Erdogan’s government and Ocalan is calling from is jail for new peace discussions…

The PKK has tried several times to start a unilateral ceasefire and there was peace talks with the AKP. I don't see why you think this is some sort of gotcha revelation. Do you think the principled revolutionary thing to do is continue to wage a guerrilla armed struggle or end that armed struggle?

Nobody_is_perfect opinion is Nobody_is_perfect's opinion. But it seems clear with the recent conflict in Hasakah that the Assad regime has had to accept that the Asayiş control the streets there. The dual power situation between the Baathists and TEV-DEM seems to be resolving in TEV-DEM's favor in Jazira canton. Baathists have no power in Afrin or Kobane cantons.

If Rojava's realpolitik with existing states that you find objectionable, that's your call. Total war against all states at all times is probably not going to ever be a viable strategy in the short term.

Anyway, Blesk... just so I know where you are a coming from... this is just the latest handle for antiwar/Guerre De Classe/TŘÍDNÍ VÁLKA right? The group that was so enthusiastic about the initial rebellion in Syria with its desertions--up to even endorsing the Free Syrian Army? That your politics is for some kind of spontaneous insurrection of the working class that will obviously choose communist revolution and the correct line and advance accordingly to global revolution? Do I have that right?

If not, do please explain how you see a revolution happening and how it would be different than what TEV-DEM is doing.

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Nov 9 2016 21:18
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Here is a story on Five Refugee Centers setup by the Syrian Revolutionary Left Current. Over 2400 refugees including children live there. They also provide aid in forms of food, clothing, and so on to over 1600 refugees living in other centers across the city. A comrade who has been to those camps tells me this article in the Washington Post is about the same centers: Welcome to Greece’s refugee squats.

Interesting to see this as well:

https://mobile.twitter.com/mollycrabapple/status/795944523373379585

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"Bidoun Watan" (without nation), first Arabic edition of an anarchist street newspaper based in Greece.

A report on the City Plaza squat:

http://time.com/4501017/greek-anarchists-are-finding-space-for-refugees-in-abandoned-hotels/

I'm still not quite sure what the relationship is between the Revolutionary Left Current and the Athens refugee squats.

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Nov 21 2016 12:42

Not Syria but in Iraqi Kurdistan teachers on strike and protesting on the streets over unpaid salaries against both the PUK and KDP main political parties as 'internal' opposition continues at the same time as Kurdish troops involved in attacks against ISIS around Mosul.

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Nov 21 2016 15:45

Yes. This bit was surprising:

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Kurdish President Masoud Barzani on Sunday urged political parties to get together to reactivate the parliament, appoint a new cabinet and elect another president until the next presidential elections.

Barzani, whose extended term has already expired, also commented on a strike by Kurdish teachers, saying they have full right to take to street and demand their delayed salaries from the government.

Barzani urges political parties to resolve differences, reactivate parliament, Rudaw

Last year, Barzani effectively suspended parliament by banning the 2nd largest party, Gorran. The KDP also suppressed the protests and strikes last year. He also refused to step down as president. He's been a defacto dictator since then.

I thought he was going to die in office.

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Crises inside the Kurdistan Region deepened after the five major political parties failed to reach an agreement on the Kurdistan presidency issue in October 2015, following the expiration of the President’s term.

Following the ninth round of failed talks, demonstrations about lack of basic services and the current political struggle turned violent in the eastern cities of the Region, where a number of offices belonging to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) were torched.

Teachers have been on strike in some parts of the Kurdistan Region for more than a month in protest against the system of salary cuts which have been taken by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to cope with worsening financial crisis.

Barzani expressed support for public school teachers on strike, saying it is an “undisputed right” for them to demand the restoration of their salaries.

Salaries for KRG employees have been delayed for months as the government struggles to pay the close to 1.4 million people on its monthly payroll.

Barzani calls for new leadership in parliament, successor until presidential election, NRT TV


Kurdistan Parliament Speaker calls for cancellation of KRG
, NRT TV

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Teachers say they cannot afford to return to classes with salary delays and austerity measures the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has taken to withhold a percentage of their wages.

“We are clear, what we demand is ending the system of withholding salaries and achieving our undisputed rights,” said a teacher on strike.

Joined by veteran Peshmerga, the disabled and other members of the public, teachers in Sulaimani threatened to resume protests until their demands are met.

Growing discontent among civil servants with the KRG over wages comes as Kurdish authorities resume operations to oust ISIS from Mosul.

Peaceful protests and demonstrations are growing in the Kurdistan Region. KRG officials announced on February a measure to withhold a percentage of salaries and vowed the measure would resolve chronic delays in monthly payments of government employees.

Salaries for government workers have been plagued by delays since 2014 and Kurdish authorities have repeatedly said they cannot make payments due to a number of crises affecting the region.


Teachers, public servants protest over economic crisis in Kurdistan Region
, NRT TV

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Nov 27 2016 16:04

The state of Rojava congratulates the American people for electing a new president of the USA:
[url= http://en.hawarnews.com/msd-congratulates-americans/]
http://en.hawarnews.com/msd-congratulates-americans/[/url]

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"In the name of Democratic Syria Council, we congratulate the American people who elected a new president and we deeply respect the free and democratic choice of the American people, we also hope that the new administration stands by the oppressed people in the world, undertakes its role in bringing about global peace and security, advances in fighting terror, impose crackdown on the dictator regimes and we are looking forward to more collaboration on all levels in fighting terror in Syria and reach a settlement of the Syrian crisis and we hope success and prosperity for the American people and the new administration”.
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Dec 1 2016 20:10

Strikes continue in KRG:

NRT wrote:
Teachers went on strike on Thursday (December 1) holding demonstrations in parts of the Kurdistan Region despite obstacles from security forces.

NRT correspondents said teachers in Sulaimani, Halabja, Koya and Chamchamal protested against austerity measures imposed by the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) to cope with the economic crisis and overdue salaries.

Teachers transferred the demonstration to a Sulaimani court after security forces prevented them from protesting in front of the Education Directorate.

Asayish (security forces) arrested several teachers in front of the Education Directorate after the teachers went there to protest.

Kurdish teachers have gone on strike for the past two months in Sulaimani and Halabja, as well as in the Raparin and Garmyan administrations in the Kurdistan Region.

Under a newly announced plan, the KRG proposed salary cuts to all public employees as a result of financial crisis in the region. Government employees face cuts between 15 and 75 percent, depending on their position and pay-grade.

Salaries for government workers have been plagued by delays since 2014 and Kurdish authorities have repeatedly said they cannot make payments due to a number of crises affecting the region.

Teachers on Strike Demonstrate in parts of Kurdistan region, NRT, 12/1/2016

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Dec 2 2016 16:35

YPG volunteers Michael Israel - an IWW member from California - and Anton Leschek from Germany have been killed in a Turkish airstrike.

International YPG volunteers fighting ISIS killed by Turkish warplanes

MMC statement on Michael Israel and Anton Leschek, killed in Turkish airstrikes in Syria

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Oct 15 2017 15:06

So Oct 2017 more Turkish military incursions into Syria, The YPG, USA backed forces on the verge of defeating ISIS in Ar Raqqah, Iraqi Kurdish declaration of Independence and confrontation with both the Baghdad government and the Turkish and Iranian allies of its main opposing political factions, plus presumably wider USA and Russian foreign policy thrown into further confusion??

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Oct 16 2017 08:29

Iraqi army launched an attack on Kirkuk last night: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41631697

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Oct 16 2017 18:06

sorry- wrong forum

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Oct 16 2017 19:14

Jenan Moussa on the battle for Kirkuk:

https://mobile.twitter.com/i/moments/919984455502237696

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Oct 18 2017 16:12

Also statement from Kurdish speaking anarchists on this site here:
https://libcom.org/news/no-state-no-war-yes-self-administration-social-revolution-18102017

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Oct 26 2017 16:17

And this also an interesting development;
https://libcom.org/forums/general/convergence-rojava-saudi-arabia-26102017

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Nov 15 2017 07:36

The US backed Kurdish nationalist PYD/PKK forces came to a secret deal with the ISIS and took over Raqqa - the capital and last big city of the islamic state. According to this deal it appears that thousands of heavily armed islamist militants freely moved into Turkey (and possibly, from there to Europe).

The YPG/PKK tried to conceal the deal but later admitted it. Just as the Turkish government sent islamists to syria to fight against Kurds and the Syrian regime, now the PYD is doing the same, this time sending the islamists to fight in Turkey&Europe where islamists carried out several violent attacks before.

watch this for details:

https://youtu.be/p4KLrQKJn3c

update:

the YPG on the subject: they claim that they had no other choice because the ISIS had human shields, that they did not let the ISIS loose on Turkey and that the BBC reporter who covered this news is a turkish propagandist...

http://www.kurdistansolidaritycampaign.org/the_truth_about_the

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Nov 15 2017 11:50
mikail firtinaci wrote:
now the PYD is doing the same, this time sending the islamists to fight in Turkey&Europe where islamists carried out several violent attacks before.

And once more the Turkish nationalist spin on a story that is actually typical of all the city sieges of the Syrian war. The command always negotiates an escape through the use of human shields.

BTW the BBC 'secret seal' spin is itself odd as the BBC itself reported on the deal back in its October 17th reporting of the liberation of Raqqa when they reported that "Syrian jihadists and their families were evacuees along with 3500 civilians under a deal negotiated by Raqqa Civil Council and local tribal elders". The deal / evacuation was mentioned by several SDF sources at that time.

There is a useful thread unpicking the story at
https://twitter.com/4rj1n/status/930572566246379522

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Nov 15 2017 14:32

I am not going to respond to pro-war nationalist&Trotskist slanderer AndrewF, because there is nothing to respond anyway. But secret or not, the deal shows the validity of this:

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The expansion of US deployments in Syria is directed not against ISIS, which has collapsed, but at seizing territory, particularly the oil fields of eastern Deir Ezzor province, in order to undermine the Assad government and combat the regional influence of its main allies, Iran and Russia.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/11/02/pers-n02.html

here the same bbc journalist reports that the PKK/SDF is recruiting former IS militants:

https://twitter.com/Dalatrm/status/930785767311409153

the destruction of the Raqqa city and history shows that neither the US nor its regional ally PKK care about civilians.

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Nov 15 2017 14:42

So first off you complain about the (not secret) deal that reduced civilian casualties but then you flip over to saying they don't care about such casualties.

First you claim that the SDF is "sending the islamists to fight in Turkey&Europe" but then you post the tweet above to complain about the opposite, it actually says that they are using local former IS fighters to identify other fighters at SDF check points so they can be arrested.

Your perspective is that of a Turkish nationalist, your attempted spin I highlighted above are particularly blatant examplse of that. As is the flip you just performed above which makes it very clear that your concern is not civilian casualties but attacking Rojava with whatever is available even if you have to flip flop so blatantly while doing so.

Meanwhile in Turkey I see some 11,000 members of the HDP have been arrested and 4,5000 of those imprisoned. http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/00ffaaeb-a43d-40c9-ab4c-226ef9b18775

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Nov 15 2017 15:34

I didn't spin anything. I am totally behind everything I said/wrote.

The fasicst Turkish regime is not only imprisoning HDP but all oppositionists - be they islamists, kemalists, leftists, Kurds or communists. That does not mean one has to choose a side among the warring bourgeois factions. Syria, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the US and its puppet regime in Rojava... all are murderous capitalist regimes and I don't defend any one nation state over the other. All have to be destroyed.

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Nov 15 2017 17:48

Here the same BBC news reporter posted the record of the negotiations btw the PKK/SDF and ISIS:

"We want the #Raqqa deal all done in secret, unlike #Manbij & #Tabqa. We can send them wherever they want. No problem"

https://twitter.com/Dalatrm/status/930107412908036096

update:

another event of the day was the defection of the SDF (Syrian front org. of the PKK) spokesperson, Talal Silo to Turkey:

A senior commander defected to Turkey on Wednesday from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a leading combatant in the fight against Islamic State, Syrian rebel officials said, in the first such departure from its higher ranks.
They said Brigadier General Talal Silo handed himself in at dawn to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), an adversary of the SDF, near Jarablus city in northern Syria where he was then escorted to Turkey, which backs some FSA groups in that area.

The officials gave no reason for move by Silo, who was the SDF spokesman, but it follows months of growing discontent by some Arab tribes with the SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces that is dominated by the Kurdish YPG.

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/syria/1.822987

Pro-PKK people I read on twitter suggest that this was a sign of Arabic tribes discontent with the PKK, which is also what Haaretz hints above.