Syria: Message from Greek Anarchist Comrades & Internationalist Volunteers RUIS about the Liberation of Raqqa

  • Posted on: 21 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

via insurrection news

Comrades!

At this time the city of Raqqa is free from the fascists of the Islamic State. Every part of the city gained to the hands of the liberation forces of the YPG, YPJ and SDF on October the 17th. The first operations started in the beginning of June with the liberation forces taking the city from house to house, occupying strategic points for many weeks.

The international Freedom Battalion (IFB) took part from the beginning on this front, going on for months inside the capital of the Jihadis. It’s participation gave martyrs, military support and strong international presence. At the front of the city center it participated in many operations, occupying points where the fighting with the enemy was some hundreds of meters away.

Revolutionary Union for Internationalist Solidarity (RUIS) took position on the first line of the front alongside the IFB. It’s military involvement is defending the autonomy of Rojava, the social revolution that started liberating ground, four years earlier, against the gangs of the Caliphate.

By empowering this revolution we defend the communal confederalism, that has taken root here, against the global capitalist system, the fascists and the dominant state powers of USA and Russia, at the same time their strategic satellites – Iraq, Iran Turkey and Al-Assad’s regime work together.

The empowering of the Rojava revolution on the military, social and political level continues to be a part of internationalist solidarity. The defense of the womens revolution and the youth against the system of authority, patriarchy and capitalist forces is a matter of duty to the fighters of the internationalist struggle and all the oppressed.

For the defense of the autonomy of Rojava.

For self-organization

For the expansion of the revolution.

Raqqa 17.11.17

RUIS

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who's going to break it to them that Kurdish forces are already a strategic satellite of the US and Russia?

Everyone here knows by now that the SDF were supported by the US until very recently. They played as a strategic ally against the Islamic State. Remember the Islamic State?

The alliance was temporary, no not a "satellite" in any way... especially not when the long term satellite of Russia and the US, Turkey, wants to get rid of them.

Ahh, only until very recently - my mistake. So what do you make of their working relationship with that other long-term satellite, the Assad government? I suppose that's temporary too? Just long enough for him to let his guard down before they rejoin the war against him that they dipped out of when he gave them independence? Certainly the Kurds aren't just interested in securing the borders of their growing ethno-state

Yeah, the SDF has the reputation in this war of allying with whoever is most likely to make them win at that particular point in time. Russia, the US, Assad, the rebels, KRG, Iraq, Israel -- doesn't matter as long as it's not Turkey or Daesh. Not that I really blame them, it's not like they're in a position to be principled about excluding unscrupulous parties (there's nobody in the ME without blood on their hands), but I'm also not so foolish as to think what comes out of this is anything resembling anarchist utopia. It looks like things are going to settle into a split similar to the Iraq/KRG one, with the SAA/SDF. I'm guessing Rojava will be one of the least authoritarian places in the ME at that point (particularly for women), but it will still have to heel to Assad. Who knows though, maybe something cool will come out of it. If it does though, it's not going to be because of these assholes.

I don't think anybody has said that Rojava was an anarchist utopia. It's a form of socialist government they wanna build, but as I understand it, being confederalist, it is open to collaborate with anarchist communes in there.

people are attacking you. You fight back

unrelated, those people are also foolish enough to openly consider US and europe as enemies and endorse attacks against them.

US comes in and squashes those other people.

some couch anarchist writes online about how youre a US pawn

When the people you support are collaborating with the very worst actors in the conflict, Assad and Russia, against the people who are fighting to end their oppression and occupation, the Syrian rebel groups, maybe it is time to ask if you are the bad guys. Rojava is Omelas, not the one who walk away from it.

LOL Assad and Russia are not the "very worst actors in the conflict", every side agrees that would be Daesh. And no, the rebels are not "fighting to end their oppression and occupation," only someone completely biting at American and Saudi propaganda would believe that. Look for yourself, the entire FSA consists of 3 factions at this point: Ahrar al-Sham/allies, Tahrir al-Sham, and the Turkish army. The first two are literal Islamist groups trying to from a Salafist/Wahhabist theocracy, and the latter is comprised mostly of mercenaries paid by the Erdogan government (probably the most brutal suppressor of anarchists in the Middle East). Seriously, find me one FSA group active in the past year that doesn't have ties to Salafism or Turkey, let alone is secular, let alone actually has any claims to being anti-authoritarian. The early FSA has some secular groups, but they were all military defectors led by generals (who have all since fled to Europe or defected again, to the SDF or SAA).

You know the part of Letters of Insurgents where they talk about how the rebellion was never a real rebellion, but was from the beginning one set of politicians ousting another set of politicians? That's the FSA -- only in this case, they didn't even win. I'm not going to pretend that the SDF is a real rebellion either, and as I've implied in my other comment, I think faith in them from an anarchist perspective is misplaced, but they are also the only faction that hasn't been found to be committing war crimes against civilians.

>the only faction that hasn't been found to be committing war crimes against civilians

what kind of bar is this for judging someone? "well, they might be a burgeoning ethno-state based on a cult of personality around a Big Man, but they haven't been committing any war crimes I know about! And they're secular!". Especially considering that whether or not the SDF has committed war crimes themselves (and there are certainly reports that they have), their friends are doing for them. This is the price for an independent Kurdistan that they've been more than willing to pay - no friends but the mountains and whatever creeps they're willing to work alongside to get theirs. It will be very interesting to see how they govern the territory they've, uh, "liberated" - it seems like a fair amount of Arabs aren't too wild about the flags with the Big Man's face flying over Raqqa right now.

Further, if this is the same anon as 9:37, I really don't understand your point about rebel factions having ties to Turkey - is it less forgivable than the Kurdish factions having their own ties to Assad, Russia, the US, Israel, etc.?

>what kind of bar is this for judging someone? "well, they might be a burgeoning ethno-state based on a cult of personality around a Big Man, but they haven't been committing any war crimes I know about! And they're secular!"

Yes, this is literally the standard for "least shitty" in this war. As I've said repeatedly, I'm not a supporter of the SDF as any kind of anarchist project, merely stating that they're strictly better than any other faction, very much including the FSA. I also think Canada is better than China, but I wouldn't hesitate to topple either government.

>Especially considering that whether or not the SDF has committed war crimes themselves (and there are certainly reports that they have), their friends are doing for them.

I'm not going to hold the SDF responsible for US military tactics.

>it seems like a fair amount of Arabs aren't too wild about the flags with the Big Man's face flying over Raqqa right now.

Yeah, no shit. Raqqa was one of the most pro-caliphate cities in the Levant -- hell, it was Daesh's capital. I also wouldn't expect Mobile, Alabama to appreciate it if you replaced the US or Confederate flag with... anything else, really. That doesn't say anything about the SDF.

>Further, if this is the same anon as 9:37

It's not

>I really don't understand your point about rebel factions having ties to Turkey - is it less forgivable than the Kurdish factions having their own ties to Assad, Russia, the US, Israel, etc.?

The ties to Turkey I was talking about in the parent comment are mercenaries for the Turkish government, I should have been more clear. As in, they're not even from the region, they are just soldiers of fortune (which is why they were so terrible in the Al Bab offensive and keep squabbling with one another). So the equivalent would be the US SOF on the ground, which yeah, I'm critical of that too. My point wasn't to demonize all of the FSA by tying it to Turkey, but to completely enumerate each faction of the FSA and explain why they're terrible.

So to state clearly where I stand:
{SAA, Ahrar al-Sham/allies, Tahrir al-Sham, TFSA, US SOF, Russia, Daesh}: bad, very likely to torture you if you cross them
{SDF}: also bad, but far less likely to torture you

Like, I don't know better "the truth" of anything going on in Syria then anyone else living in the Occident.

But it's worth pointing out that there are many people who think Assad is worse than Daesh, according to their own metric of "worst". Basically, Assad has killed and tortured more people than Daesh, and Assad's regime has been around longer, and is set up to last longer.

Agree or disagree, but that's what some people say.

SIDE NOTE: can everyone stop talking about "the Kurds", as if they're one group of people who all think the same and want the same? First of all, "the Kurds", in this case, includes plenty of people who are not Kurdish, who might speak Kurdish as well as I speak French, or worse. Second of all, even if some of them want a nation-state, that's like the political equivalent of wanting a nice apartment with a fridge that works... It's just wanting an idea of normalcy, and so while it's obviously not anarchist, it's also not some fascist-nationalist thing that gets implied with the word "ethnostate".

>But it's worth pointing out that there are many people who think Assad is worse than Daesh, according to their own metric of "worst". Basically, Assad has killed and tortured more people than Daesh, and Assad's regime has been around longer, and is set up to last longer.

Okay, that's fair. Now that I think about it, Turkey also apparently has the ranking FSA > Daesh > Assad > SDF, but I guess I ignored that because I assumed nobody here would ever sympathize with the views of Erdogan. Most of my sources tend to have pro-SDF or this weird pro-Russia bias, so it can be easy to lose perspective sometimes.

>SIDE NOTE: can everyone stop talking about "the Kurds", as if they're one group of people who all think the same and want the same?

agreed

"Basically, Assad has killed and tortured more people than Daesh, and Assad's regime has been around longer, and is set up to last longer."

Kinda like the Stalin vs Hitler bodycount competition... For how long was DAESH controlling entire cities under an Islamic State, in comparison to the lenght of the Assad regime? Some people will tell us that Stalin killed a lot more people, and even if the bodycount would be all proven and not beefed up by rabid anticommunists/russophobes, fact is still that the Nazis managed to genocide +9 millions of people in about 2-3 years, and if they would have won over Russia and came up with the first atomic explosion, they would have genocided hundreds of millions around the planet. Which is exactly what ISIS was up to, once they would have acquired the nukes at Incirlik... assuming they were something more than just an ultra-violent front for Erdogun's interests. Of course that is just speculation.

But Assad was not the kind of regime to provoke like it's been since 2014... it was to respond brutally and it did. You don't go full frontal against it unless you're okay with thousands of unrelated people being bombed in retaliation, but there were many Islamist factions who were been okay with that, and they've been allowed to become the dominant forces in the rebellion.

Why? Because these were mafia-like families and clans with the resources and money to carry out an armed organized insurgency. They were shipping young men from Lybia by the thousands, training them from childhood to torture and slaughter. Same with the Afghan Daesh.

So the best solution for anyone opposed to both mass-murdering authoritarian regimes was obviously to flee the fight. To wherever they could live without the threat of being bombed at any time.

about this statement. No mention of IRPGF. And those of us in contact with IRPGF militia had heard that they were forming a political group called Revolutionary Anarchist Union (RAU). Now something called the Revolutionary Union for Internationalist Solidarity (RUIS) has emerged. Somethings amiss, we need to hear more from Rojava, and soon. To be honest, I smell tankie.

ruis is a group from greece that is totally separate from irpgf and rau, except that irpgf is one of the groups of ifb and the 3 members of ruis have joined ifb a few weeks before raqqa was finished and released a video (with non-members in it so they looked like a real group) that made it look like they actually fought in raqqa, whereas irpgf, which has many members, actually did (and has only it's members in it's propaganda.) ruis is good. they are just sectarian, ego-driven assholes. a guerrilla must me humble and selfless.

The PYD and the SDF have the reputation of not allying with the social insurrection in Syria since its very beginning up to today. They have the reputation of having a secret police which works with Assad's secret services when the competence lacks. They also have the reputation of having allowed French, one of their allies in the social revolution, to build a military base in Rojava (if that's not sattelite politics then the phrase has no meaning). And they also had a deal with Daech, like all politicians do, which let some thousands of soldiers and shitloads of guns to leave quietly the "liberated" Raqqa. El Errante, you, who are "in contact with X militia", aren't you supposed to know this? (A side note to you: each time you write something it makes me wanna say "fuck you").

The PYD might have been not clear in 2012, but now it's an insult to support them, for anyone who wishes to destroy domination. It's also a shame for the internationalist movement worldwide to keep on talking of these stalinist politicians, as thousands of Kurds in Souleymaniah are confronting the army and razing the headquarters of all political parties, including nationalist ones, no discrimination. It's humiliating to watch these cheap political scientists in anarchy lecture on the Kurdish will to security via their own Nation-State, as the insurrection in Iraq is happening partly in response to the national referendum racket by Barzani.

Like the declaration by an SDF guy who defected to Turkey, that appears to be the sole basis of this claim about the Kurds having allowed thousands of ISIS crazies and their guns to be shipped to somewhere else by bus from Raqqa. Yeah, I read the news too..

Also quite a bold statement to be calling it "social insurrection" what was for the most part the jihad of a plethora of power-hungry Salafist families. FSA was dominated by these groups, and there is plenty of evidence of it. Used to be more democratic and secular, but it seems like a lot of Syrian rebels were given a very good reason to join the SDF.

Whenever I make the mistake of reading what people who are not in rojava write on the internet it is kind of fascinating. I wonder where they get their info...in this case maybe from a 'former sdf commander' who 'defected' to turkey or was captured. Idk. I decided not to let myself be frustrated or bothered by the misinformation that leftists in n.america absorb and post.

I'm not sure why you think people on the kurdish left protesting in the krg against barzani is a reason to not support the kurdish left i.e. in rojava.

There are a number of different voices in the movement, and the revolutionaries are adapting. The point is that the guerrillas are with the people. They are of the ordinary people. And when the people risk everything in struggle against capitalism and the nation state, you support them and accept that there are problems and things that need to change in the movement, or you keep dreaming in your armchair.

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