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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - logbook, A Libertarian Communist in YPG # 14: "We had an agreement with the Islamic State" (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:06:30 +0300

"To escape, they had requisitioned everything that could ride: motorbikes, tractor, dodgy cars, pick-up trucks and even a backhoe loader carrying some fighters in the shovel." ---- Alternative libertarian reproduces the blog posts Kurdistan-Autogestion-Revolution , a travel diary of a fellow committed to the YPG. ---- Over the course of the weeks, he will testify to the life of the fighting militias, the debates that take place there and the experience of democratic confederalism in the liberated areas. ---- Raqqa East Front, September 13, 2017 ---- Continued from my previous post. ---- The 1 st of June, it was now three days since we entered Mansoura and that we hold the same defensive position near the main road leading to the city center. There were successive clashes between our troops and those of the Islamic state, but the fighting was not very intense, especially for my unit, which is neither a sniper unit, no deminers nor heavy weapons .

Since the middle of the day, a rumor ran through our ranks: the jihadists threw in the towel. As my Kurd improved, I realized that we had reached an agreement with the Islamic state. They were leaving the city, abandoning their heavy equipment and ammunition, and we were going to let them go to Raqqa.

This negotiation disturbed me at first ... but we are far from the western anti-terrorist mysticism (" We do not negotiate with the terrorists ! ") And the fantasized image that we can have of the revolution ; we are in a situation of belligerence. I will return to this in the next post.

A pitiful caravan of jihadists

This was my reflection when, suddenly, a comrade landed in a whirlwind ordered me to hide in the building.

I quickly understood why. A few seconds later, in a cloud of dust, a long column of enemy vehicles made its appearance on the road we were heading towards Raqqa. Very special situation: while we were only 10 YPGs in this place, 150 to 200 soldiers of the Caliphate were passing within 100 meters of us. In other words, if something were to be true, we were dead.

But obviously, this pitiful caravan of jihadists retreating had no desire that it went wrong. To escape, they had requisitioned everything that could drive: motorcycles, tractor, dropped cars, pick-up and even a backhoe loader carrying some fighters in the shovel. This picturesque procession immediately reminded me of a story my grandmother liked to tell me: the difference between the German army proudly entering its city in 1940, in perfect uniform uniform ranks, and the same fleeing army in 1944, carrying in her debacle all that she could carry away, apart from her dignity.

Similar sentiments must have seized the hearts of the inhabitants and inhabitants of Mansoura, whom I was soon to meet.

Arthur Aberlin

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