[Marxism] Syria: Assad threatens Idlib while Afrin resists Turkish occupation (Green Left Weekly)

Matthew Harvey mattharveyt at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 21:35:23 MDT 2018


This BBC article claims that the numbers of just Uighars numbers between 7,000 and 10,000 depending on the source. Of other ethnic fighters they say a “high concentration.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-45401474

This AFP article gives the number of of just Uighar fighters (as opposed to them and their “families”) between 1 and several thousand. It also mentions high concentrations of Chechens. 

https://www.afp.com/en/news/23/foreign-fighters-syrias-idlib-face-last-stand-doc-18x6wz1

So I think “thousands” was a reasonable number. Now can you answer my question please? 

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> On Sep 13, 2018, at 10:00 PM, mkaradjis <mkaradjis at gmail.com> wrote:
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> "thousands of foreign jihadists holed up in Idlib"
> Matt, do you mind providing sources for this piece of (mis)information?
> On Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 4:41 AM Matt Harvey via Marxism
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>> "The YPG is a mercenary offering its services to the highest
>> bidder."
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>> I'm agnostic verging on doubtful on the question of whether the Kurds
>> represent a truly revolutionary force. (The Scoop Jackson's Society's
>> trashing them is a vote in their favor though.)
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>> But referring to any indigenous Syrian force as mercenaries when their are
>> thousands of foreign jihadists holed up in Idlib is either active hypocrisy
>> or political projection. In your framework are they like the
>> Internationalists who fought in Spain? I'm truly curious as to what armed
>> faction you think does represent the "revolutionary masses in Syria" and
>> who backs them.
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