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Old 03-08-2017, 03:16 PM   #26
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I hope aranews is really decent as they have the most and seemingly best info I've seen.
Yes, I agree. They seem sound so far as you can tell, and usually back their stories with quotes from sources in the US and Kurdish military. The think tank they quote above seems an entirely reputable source to use, though I'm sure chosen with care from the many somewhat reputable places you could quote from.
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Turkey really seems to have developed a pretty close relationship with the KNC/Kurdish peshmurga/Iraqi Kurdistan. I guess it's just divide and conquer, but clearly Turkey feels less threatened by Kurdish Nationalism than by a revolutionary movement originating with Kurds by allying with other groups.
Internal Kurdish politics with regards Iraqi Kurdistan and the the Northern Syrian cantons I don't understand very well - not that they seem nonsensical, I just don't have a good understanding of the history, different factions and so on.

My impression is the KDP / Turkey alliance stems from the Kurdish civil war in the mid 90s. Very generally it was between KDP factions and Iraqi Kurds who were to some extent allied with the PKK (a Turkish Kurdish armed group). Turkey intervened on the KDP side, presumably because they feared a PKK allied group gaining power in Iraqi Kurdistan. How the various factions have played out since then I'm not totally sure.

As you posted earlier Turkey certainly alleges the Northern Syrian regime is heavily involved with internal Turkish Kurdish groups still. Groups that Turkey is currently violently repressing, and who are killing Turks as well. I don't know how deep those links are, but to some extent they exist for sure. The Iraqi Kurdish regime has more-or-less happily co-existed with Turkey for some time, so I'm sure some powerful individuals in the two states are very friendly by now.

Just looking at a map the Turkey/Iraq border is much more mountainous than the Turkey/Syria one, so is probably historically less porous. Which might suggest why Turkey doesn't generally see so much internal threat from the Iraqi Kurds, but that's very speculative.
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Old 03-09-2017, 02:02 AM   #27
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It's being reported by American media now that US marines have been around Manbij and that now there will be artillery support in Raqqa. The report doesn't say with which groups the US is working with, but the SDF is involved in the assault on Raqqa.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.7fc9b88d7b76

http://www.voanews.com/a/us-marines-...s/3756631.html
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Old 03-12-2017, 03:28 PM   #28
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pisspiggranddad is tweetless for 2 weeks now and he's a pretty regular tweeter.
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that really sucks, his interview was really good
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Old 03-12-2017, 03:42 PM   #30
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Hopefully he's busy and/or somewhere without internet access.
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Old 03-13-2017, 02:23 AM   #31
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Rojava means "The West" in Kurdish and it's a region in Northern Syria which has been relatively independent since the civil war started. The PKK is a Kurdish group formed in the 1970s and began an armed struggle against Turkey in 1984. It formed as a Statist Marxist group under the leadership of Abdullah Ocalan. In 1999 he was captured and has been held in jail on an island as the only prisoner since then.

While in prison he called for the end of the armed struggle in Turkey and reading Murray Bookchin among others he converted to an anti-state libertarian socialist/anarchist/Democratic Confederalist with a particular focus on feminism which he calls Jineology.

A movement inspired more than led by Ocalan split off from the PKK to form various groups which now make up the Democratic Federal System of Northern Syria.


Does anyone know of any good documentaries on this?
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Old 03-13-2017, 02:31 AM   #32
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This isn't great, but not a bad watch. I'm definitely not making any claims about whether it's a fair portrayal or not.

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Old 03-13-2017, 08:38 PM   #33
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https://cooperativeeconomy.info/

Again, no claims about how good this is, but this site has a lot of reporting on the politics and economy of Rojava as opposed to just war reporting.
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Old 03-14-2017, 06:02 PM   #34
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The worst so far was this article in The Nation a few weeks ago which tries to imply they're war criminals:

https://www.thenation.com/article/ha...ed-war-crimes/
Some of the allegations of removing people and not providing them with adequate care have been substantiated, but the UN issued a report yesterday saying

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Though allegations of “ethnic cleansing” continued to be received during the period under review, the Commission found no evidence to substantiate claims that YPG or SDF forces ever targeted Arab communities on the basis of ethnicity, nor that YPG cantonal authorities systematically sought to change the demographic composition of territories under their control through the commission of violations directed against any particular ethnic group.
Which is reassuring. I think expecting there to be no problems is unrealistic, but ethnic, religious and gender equality are pretty central to the Rojava rhetoric.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC...ommission.aspx
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