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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - logbook, Volunteer fighter in Rojava # 11: "A war of high military and political intensity, that's what Afrîn is" (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 7 Feb 2018 08:57:15 +0200

"We are several dozens of internationals (understand Westerners, Kurds do not consider their Turkish as international camardes) from there, and it is no surprise that we are almost" political "(revolutionary)." ---- We echo below the logbook published on Facebook of a revolutionary French-speaking activist in the YPG. He shares his analyzes, his critics, and tells the highlights of his career. An indispensable human and political testimony. ---- The headings and footnotes are from the AL web team. ---- Read the other episodes here. ---- Rojava, Kobanê Township, January 27, 2018 ---- After 13 months in Rojava, when I was thinking of returning in March or April and not returning to the front by then, the situation leads me to change my decision. ---- Tomorrow I leave for Afrîn, who as you know is attacked by the Turkish state. The invasion of the canton of Afrin by Turkey and the Kurdish resistance that unfolds there symbolize a new battle against fascism.

All our YPG-YPJ comrades, the PKK and the Turkish revolutionary parties agree that this will be the most difficult front we have ever seen in Rojava, but that it will also be the most political. A war of high military and political intensity, that is Afrîn.

Fighting NATO's second largest army also involves a new form of war, a form of semi-rural and semi-urban guerrilla warfare, quite different from the conflict with Daesh.

But we will also have to face the Islamist groups of northern Syria type Al-Nusra / Al-Cham, and the pro-Turkish ASL that is nothing but a reactionary armed gang.

We are several dozens of internationals (understand Westerners, Kurds do not consider their Turkish camardas as international) from there, and it is no surprise that we are almost "politicians" (revolutionaries).

This time we will leave as members of the Turkish parties, mainly DKP / BÖG and TKPML / TIKKO, and also come with us the MLSPB, the MKP, the TKPL. The MLKP will not join us, not in the immediate future anyway (understand that their international volunteers do not follow us yet). The International Freedom Battalion is still in Raqqa, where the Islamic State continues to conduct lightning attacks, hiding among civilians trying to rebuild their city. In the South, towards Deir-Ez-Zor, the YPG / YPJ / FDS continue to take villages to the IS.

The Rojava, and especially the Rojavi, are under a massive attack, and must fight on several front. The extreme left European, in his habitual cowardice, provides a form of support more than substance [1].

Our departure is therefore also a call to solidarity. We expect from our comrades around the world that they and they share news about the situation in Kurdistan. That they find funds for the organizations invested in Rojava. Without money we will not be able to fight effectively.

Turkish bombardment on Afrin on 20 January 2018.
The war exhausts us all, empties us of a certain vital substance that could be innocence, but the war is also the affirmation of an irremediable political confrontation, it is the irreversibility of a situation which was and which will no longer be.

This is why we must see here a possibility. That of arresting the fascist enemy first, then confronting it, and repelling it afterwards ; to remove the confusion to push people to take sides.

Because we must now take sides, make a simple choice between freedom and barbarism, fascism or revolution.

Neutrality is not allowed, and indifference is a crime.

In the hills and olive groves of Afrin, people are fighting. They are apoists, communists, anarchists, radical democrats or simply antifascists. They're ours. Do not forget them.

Raoul Andresy

[1] This remark does not apply to AL, the author has transmitted to us, Editor's note.

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