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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #257 (Jan) - Syria: Support the Kurdish left against Daech (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:26:22 +0200

The presence of a secular political and military force and progressive, Kurds and their allies, grouped in Syrian Democratic Forces, that the war in Syria is not just a confrontation between imperialist powers. ---- Let's be clear: Daech comes directly from the chaos sown by Western powers and their Sunni allies in the Gulf region. These have indeed done everything to exploit the Arab revolt against the Prin-time dictator Bashar al-Assad, militarizing and confessionalisant it. Thus, the Free Syrian Army is today no longer a myriad of groups without consistency, dominated by what we present as "moderate opposition", which are often Islamist militias [1] Daech which is only a radicalized release. ---- The Gulf countries and Turkey continue their double game. On the one hand they lend their air bases to Westerners even sporadically involved in bombing Daech. On the other, they continue to give him objective support (purchase of oil, financial circuits, etc.) and directly support other Islamist militias.

The US initially focused on the formation of militias of the ASL, with a program of 500 million dollars, but had to admit this was only sixty fighters were trained: filtering Islamists is too heavy. So they had to resign themselves to support forces alone effectively combating Daech today: Kurdish YPG and their allies, grouped since October in Syrian Democratic Forces. And 50 tons of weapons were dropped in October and US bombings are directly coordinated with the Kurds.

They accept any international aid, but claim a neutrality great powers. Thus, the US has beautiful squeeze them back Raqqa, the capital of Daech 40 km from the Kurdish front, put the priority on other territories forming part of Kurdistan. There is also a tacit non-aggression agreement between the Assad regime and the YPG.

After the attacks in Paris, the West, led by France, have spared no pains to try to mount a coalition against Daech. Suddenly, Assad had become creep! This was an agreement with Putin, who fully assumes its support to the regime and now claims 1,700 instructors and 4,000 air raids [2], indiscriminately targeting all opponents of Assad.

Maneuvers of Gulf allies

But how to put around the table the Gulf countries and Turkey, which support the Islamist militias fighting the regime (and relatively neutral vis-à-vis Daech), and Russia supports? In late November, Turkey has shot down a Russian plane, ending these symbolic attempts. She also redouble its attacks against the Kurds, with at the time of writing a curfew and summary executions in Cizre, in Turkish Kurdistan.

In fact, failing to weigh militarily in the region, Western powers prefer to let the Kurds fight Daech while being attacked on their backs by Turkey and ignore the maneuvers of their allies in the Gulf. It must be said that this alliance is juicy. In further evidence of Valls recently visited with a delegation patterns that resulted in 10 billion euro contract with Saudi Arabia, especially by the nuclear industry and the sale of Rafale combat aircraft.

More than ever, we must demand the severance of economic and military relations with the powers that support Daech and popularize the struggle of the Kurdish people, including requiring high the withdrawal of the PKK from the terrorist list.

Gregory (AL Orléans)

[1] Notably the Army of Islam backed by Saudi Arabia and the army of conquest, including Al-Nosra (Al-Qaeda in Syria) supported by Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.

[2] The US-led coalition in 2000 claiming, France 300.

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