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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - Syria-Kurdistan: A libertarian communist in IFB # 04: "Condemned to observe the Afrîn battle from afar" (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:58:44 +0200

"I was spotted by the same Syrian officer before even getting into the vehicle, still under the eye of a Russian soldier." ---- Libertarian Alternative reproduces the posts of the blog Kurdistan-Autogestion-Revolution where, after Arthur Aberlin, engaged in the YPG, now expresses Damien Keller, engaged him in the International Liberation Battalion (IFB). ---- Over the weeks, he will testify to life in the IFB, the debates that are going on and the evolution of the revolutionary process in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. ---- As I said in a previous post, I had to participate in Afrîn's defense with my YPJ-YPG comrades. Yet this proved impossible, for reasons that speak volumes about the profit that the regime of Bashar el Assad hopes to draw from this clash between two of his opponents.

The canton is under the fire of the Turkish army and its deputies of the Free Syrian Army ; the Syrian Democratic Forces send as many reinforcements as possible. But the canton of Afrîn is isolated from the rest of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. Reinforcements must therefore be transported by coach and car through areas controlled by the Syrian army. This one filters the combatants and the combatants, and forbids the entry of the canton to a certain number - including me.

Syrian officer and Russian soldiers

On the day of departure, we waited in the countryside of Manbij. The day before, a YPJ officer told us of the sacrifice of our comrade Avesta Xabur, who managed to destroy a Turkish tank, but did not survive.

In a grenade attack, Avesta Xabur destroyed a Turkish tank, but did not survive.
As we were preparing the convoy, we were observed by Russian soldiers and Bashar al-Assad officers.

Obviously, the presence of international volunteers bothered them. Despite several hours of waiting, the convoy still did not get permission to leave. In the end, a Syrian officer came to challenge us: ban to pass for internationals. Anyone who did not have enough Kurdish facies to his taste had to get off the bus. Many, however, have fallen through the cracks. These lucky comrades left for Afrîn, where they fought the next day.

Why this ban ? To prevent the death of international volunteers from attracting the attention of the international community ?

Two days later, we tried our luck again. A YPJ officer told us to speak only Kurmanji. Same instruction to the Arab comrades, to prevent the regime prevents them from passing, which seems to have happened on other convoys. That Kurds are killed in Afrîn, it suits the regime that has always considered them as second-class citizens. But not Arabs, who are still considered " safe " even if they joined the SDS.

Useless trickery

To go unnoticed, I knotted my keffiyeh on my forehead, tried to brown my skin with a little cream mixed with rust ... Lost sentence: I was spotted by the same Syrian officer before even being mounted in the vehicle, still under the eye of a Russian soldier. Still, some more fellows managed to pass.

Whenever I saw a convoy leave, I knew that I would not see half of my comrades again. All and all volunteers are aware that they may not return.

So I left behind, for logistics and management of our headquarters. Other international comrades will try their chances, their faces being unknown to the services of Bashar el Assad.

Meanwhile, shelling of civilians continues in Afrin township, killing dozens of people. In Turkey, protesters and Internet users opposed to this operation were arrested.

On February 2, we learned of the mutilation of the body of our comrade Barîn Kobanê by members of the ASL, after his death in action.

Gangsters of the Free Syrian Army have horribly mutilated the body of Barin Kobanê and three other YPJ fighters. The pain and anger are immense in the population.
In France, the government unhesitatingly betrays the YPG-YPJ. After using them and them in the fight against Daesh, Le Drian and Macron call them " potential terrorists ". This betrayal can only encourage Erdogan, in his offensive against Afrîn, and perhaps against the city of Manbij then on the Iraqi-Syrian border.

You can continue to help us from your country, whether in France or elsewhere, by leading and continuing actions: solidarity demonstrations, actions (blockades, cyberattacks, ...) against the embassies of Turkey or its companies.

Damien Keller

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