[Marxism] Who Are Turkey’s Proxy Fighters in Syria? | by Elizabeth Tsurkov | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 27 09:09:23 MST 2019

The majority of the fighters today appear to be newer recruits, without 
any previous experience fighting the Assad regime. The fighters and 
commanders in the ranks of the SNA interviewed for the article estimated 
that the fighters who enlisted into the ranks of the factions for the 
2016 operation, and then in another recruitment drive before the 2018 
Efrîn invasion, make up 60 percent of the force. These fighters—known, 
ironically, as “the 2016 revolutionaries”—“mostly joined for the 
salaries, not for the revolution,” said Mustafa, a commander in the 
Hamza Brigade, who had himself joined the Syrian armed opposition in 
2013, at the age of fourteen.


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