Trump and Erdogan’s War on Northern Syria is an Atrocity

Below are Some Very Important Facts Regarding the War on Northern Syria

No, Trump is not “pulling out” of Syria. He is simply moving troops away from Kurdish areas. This way the Turkish State can kill Kurds at will and expand its brutal occupation of Kurdish and other Syrian lands

Although mainstream framing this time is a bit better(than last year), seeing Trump’s move for what it obviously is, a coordinated pro War move instead of “anti war” one, this fact is still lost on some. Just to be very clear, Chief Pentagon Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman confirmed that the US is not withdrawing from Syria. “..we have moved the U.S. forces in northern Syria out of the path of potential Turkish incursion to ensure their safety. We have made no changes to our force presence in Syria at this time.

This is a huge gift to ISIS. The YPG/SDF were the only effective force on the ground when it came to defeating ISIS in Syria and democratically stabilizing former ISIS territory. Attacking them unprovoked in this manner is supporting ISIS and a war crime.

As I type these words, the largest coordinated ISIS attack against Raqqa city is occurring since we defeated them back in the summer of 2017. This is not a hit and run attack, but a prolonged assault involving dozens of fighters with the intent on holding territory. With the underground ISIS movement already emboldened by the threats of war on Rojava/Autonomous Northern Syria, thousands of more terrorists in the custody of the SDF/YPG in Rojava will finally have a chance to break free. What will happen to them in the chaos of war with an influx of similar minded jihadist forces is yet to be seen but fairly obvious.

This is the largest military assault against a democratic socialist society since the coup in Chile in 1973

YPG fighters in Rojava

Soon, in some of the most peaceful and democratic parts of Syria; War, torture, violent misogyny, and ethnic cleaning will reign among a back drop of utter chaos

Kidnappings of Kurds in Afrin for profit and/or ethnic cleansing are now commonplace. Yes, that is a child.

The people of Northern Syria support a free land, do not let anyone tell you otherwise. It is their voices that matter most.

Protest against the Turkish invasion of Afrin. Others are currently happening all over Rojava

This is a NATO war crime paid in part by US tax dollars and supported politically by the US. All of the Turkish state’s crimes against the Kurds are.

Despite erratic statements, the buck stops with Trump and NATO. All of this could have been avoided with a phone call. In fact, it actually took action on the part of Trump to make it happen (after a fucking phone call). It would have been easier to stave off the invasion and force a real peace dialogue. The Kurds and Erdogan were at peace for a time, only for the Turkish Kurds to see that peace broken viciously by the Turkish state. The reasons? ISIS was besieging the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani with tacit Erdogan support and the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), the main Kurdish and left wing political party in Turkey, had a strong showing in the polls in 2015. As a result, they had to be crushed.

Not Syria, but the Kurdish border town of Nusaybin in Turkey, under Turkish occupation after Erdogan ended the peace process. The left wing and Kurdish HDP had a strong showing in this region. Nusaybin sits across from the largest city in Rojava, Qamishlo.
A Kurish artist was given 2 years and 10 months in a Turkish prison for painting the above so I will share it when I can.

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