German Antifa Fights ISIS
While American Antifa tries to pull a coup and start a civil war, German Antifa are kicking ISIS ass in Syria and Iraq, with our allies the Kurds.
Interview with an AFN activist fighting in Syria
In late 2015 an activist with the Anti-Fascist Network went to Rojava (the liberated Kurdish area in northern Syria) to join the Kurdish fight for self-determination and against ISIS. They returned in summer 2016.
I liked what the Kurds were doing in Rojava and I believe in the concept of solidarity. This is their moment in history, they invite internationals to go and help them and I felt in some ways it was my duty to honour my belief system and join them. This is the nature of solidarity. If you sincerely believe that a better world is possible then you have to take risks and be prepared to make sacrifices. After four years of academia I liked the idea of once again, ‘getting my hands dirty.’ Too many people on the left are content to prioritise writing articles or doing a PhD in critical thinking or environmental studies or something and kid themselves that they’re still struggling as part of some sort of radical counter-culture or movement.
I began following the struggle of the Kurds in northern Syria through social media. Whilst I say I didn’t and still don’t fully understand their whole cause, I liked the general things they aspire to: women’s liberation, multiculturalism, secularism, local democracy. Their defence of the revolution is one of the few justifiable wars of the last few decades. In the midst of what is truly a brutal and bloody war the Kurds are a shining light of civility and decency.
German police raid leftist for posting Kurdish YPG flag
Police in Munich have raided the home of a left-wing activist who posted the flag of Kurdish militia YPG to Facebook. The YPG has helped German intelligence and receives arms from the US military in Syria.
Songül Akpinar of Munich’s Kurdish Social Center said the ban on Kurdish emblems had had a serious effect on the Kurdish community. “A lot of people are affected by this and suffer from it,” she said. “A lot of Kurdish people get criminal investigations against them, or have their residency or citizenship procedures blocked. Kurdish people see it as unfair.”
Mako Qocgiri, spokesman for Civaka Azad, a Kurdish community center for public communications in Germany, pointed out that not only were armed groups on the banned list, but also political parties. “The importance of YPG has increased a lot for Kurdish people since the attacks of IS,” he said. “A lot of Kurds joined the YPG from outside Syria to defend the areas that are inhabited by Kurds – young people also went from Germany to take part in the fight against IS.”
Australian man held in Germany after fighting with YPG in Syria
Ashley Dyball is set to be extradited to Australia where he could face prosecution
An Australian man who fought with Kurdish forces in Syria against the Islamic State group has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of terrorism.
Ashley Dyball, a 23-year old from Brisbane, posted on his Facebook page (under the alias Mitchell Scott) that he was being sent to the Eisenhuttenstadt Detention Centre, which is in Brandenburg on Germany’s eastern border, and was due to be extradited to Australia in two days.
“If anyone has a good German lawyer help a brother out been charged as a terrorist,” he wrote.
Germany bans over 30 Kurdish symbols, incl. flag of US-backed Syrian militia fighting ISIS – report
Berlin has reportedly banned a total of 33 symbols used by Kurdish political and military groups, including the flag of a US ally in Syria, YPG militia, and a portrait of an outlawed Kurdish party leader. The move comes amid Germany’s tensions with Turkey.
Kurdish Women Take Up Arms to Fight Daesh on Iraqi Frontline
Tenacity, determination and combat is the motto of Kurdish women fighters in the south of Iraq’s Kirkuk province, half of which is controlled by terrorists of Daesh group.
Looks like a few American Antifa have figured it out-
The Anarchists vs. the Islamic State
On the front lines of Syria with the young American radicals fighting ISIS
It was November 6th, 2016. The Kurdish militia known as the YPG – a Kurmanji acronym for People’s Protection Units – had commenced a major offensive to liberate the city that serves as the global headquarters for ISIS. The YPG was backed by U.S. air power and fighting alongside a coalition of Arab and Assyrian militias. Also within their ranks, though scantly reported, was a group of about 75 hardcore leftists, anarchists and communists from Europe and America, Belden among them, fighting to defend a socialist enclave roughly the size of Massachusetts.
Foreigners interested in joining the YPG receive instructions by encrypted e-mail to fly to Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, a city controlled by a socialist opposition party sympathetic to the Rojava Revolution. Although volunteers are welcome, it’s not easy to reach the YPG. To the south is ISIS. To the west is the Free Syrian Army, a disorganized coalition of warlords and mercenaries dominated by Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front. To the north is Turkey, the archenemy of Kurdish independence, whose conservative, Islamist government is bombing the YPG. To the east is the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq – for years, its military force, the Peshmerga, permitted volunteers to cross into Syria. But last year, under pressure from Turkey, the KRG closed the only bridge over the Tigris, completing the total blockade on Rojava.
All volunteers arriving in Rojava attend a month-long training course at a place called the Academy, an oil facility with four concrete buildings, running water, intermittent electricity, a laundry line and a potato patch. I met a dozen recruits when I visited, mostly Germans and Italians, but also two Americans, an Englishman, a Finn, a Spanish Basque and a Tibetan citizen of Hong Kong.
Meet One of the French Volunteers Fighting Against the Islamic State in Syria
American allies -Kurdish Female fighters, fighting in Syria with the real Antifa