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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire - international, Iraq: the dirty work of the peshmergas against the Kurdish left by AL 92, AL Montreuil (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:08:50 +0200
Erdogan has a long arm, and everything is good to strangle Kurdistan. After his army
invaded northern Syria, his ally Massoud Barzani put pressure on the Sinjar, hitherto
defended by militias of the Kurdish left. ---- March 3, 500 peshmerga troops of the
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) attacked the town of Khanasor in the highly symbolic
region of Sinjar, Iraq. Several deaths and injuries were reported. The attack has been
postponed, but vigilance remains in place. ---- Sinjar is home to the Yezidis, a religious
minority considered "satanic" by the jihadists of Daech. In the summer of 2014, the
peshmerga who ruled the region had fled before Daech's advance, abandoning the Yezidi
populations to the fate promised them by the jihadists: extermination for men, slavery for
women. The Yezidi population owed its salvation only to the spectacular counter-offensive
carried out by the PKK and YPG-YPJ fighters, who had stopped Daech and secured Mount Sinjar.
Thereafter, the Kurdish left encouraged the self-organization of the Yezidis, which had
their own self-defense units, armed and trained by the PKK: YBS (men and women) and YJS
It is the YBS who repelled the attack of the peshmerga, and captured several.
YB Mil militiamen in Sinjar.
Red enclaves in Iraq
Sinjar, with Maxmur or the Qandil Mountains, is one of the strongholds of the Kurdish
left in Iraq, thwarting the powers in place in Baghdad, Ankara and Erbil, the capital of
the GRK where Massoud Barzani, A potentate in the orbit of Erdogan. In January, a
rapprochement between the Turkish and Iraqi presidents paved the way for this attempt to
take over the Sinjar.
Today we see the result.
Sad show that these peshmergas, acclaimed last year in a film of BHL, which shoot their
rivals of the left, whereas a few tens of kilometers away, Daech continues its exactions.
Turkish menace on Manbij
The Sinjar attack broke out as the Turkish army and its Islamist supplants of the Free
Syrian Army (ASL) seized the city of Al-Bab on February 27 after several months of
fighting against Daech. Now, Erdogan's troops are targeting the city of Manbij, which is
held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (FDS), an Arab-Kurdish coalition. To counter this
threat, the FDS preferred to back several kilometers, leaving the troops of Bashar el
Assad slipping between them and the Turkish troops. Russians and Americans endorsed this
sleight of hand to limit the clashes.
And the fact is there. Al-Bab, Manbij, Sinjar: in several places, the Turkish state and
its allies demonstrate that Daech is for them only a secondary adversary. Their primary
objective is to eradicate the Kurdish left and strangle the democratic and anti-colonial
symbol that represents the Rojava / Democratic Federation of Northern Syria.
Guillaume (AL Montreuil), Étienne (AL 92), March 9, 2017
"Clashes stop between Rojava Peshmerga, PKK affiliate fighters in Sinjar" , on
Read "In Maxmur, self-management is a combat sport" , Alternative libertarian, January
Allan Kaval, " Ankara and Baghdad renew dialogue on the back of the PKK" , Le Monde,
January 9, 2017.
Bernard-Henri Lévy, Peshmergas, 2016.
The Democratic Federation of North of Syria encompasses all the populations liberated
by the FDS, whether Arab, Kurdish, Armenian, Syriac, Muslim, Christian ...
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