[Marxism] Fwd: Don't do It: why attacking Afrin city would be a major blunder for the Syrian rebels | openDemocracy

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 26 05:48:48 MST 2018

The anger of many rebels towards the YPG should be understood in the 
local context of the province of Aleppo. Following their exile by a 
heavily-armed ISIS in 2014 (particularly following the seizure of heavy 
US weapons stockpiles from the Iraqi Army in Mosul), the armed brigades 
and local councils of dozens of towns and villages in the province of 
Aleppo were prevented from returning to liberate their territory from 
ISIS by US diktat. Contrary to lax media coverage, the only groups which 
would receive US air support against ISIS were those which would 
explicitly commit not to fight the regime, prime amongst them the SDF 
(these would commonly referred to as ‘US backed rebels’, despite the 
condition not to ‘rebel’). Here, not only did the US itself refuse to 
support the anti-Assad FSA against ISIS – despite the FSA being the 
first force on record to have inflicted severe defeats against ISIS – 
the US would even blockade attempts by third parties to support rebel 
offensives against ISIS.


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