Meet the real Antifa
IFB and Kurdish YPG celebrate regaining Manbij from ISIS
IFB (International Freedom Battalion) dancing on a roof, in the outskirts of Manbij, Syria; in the aftermath of the great victory against DAES, and the liberation of the city.
From our understanding, the IFB are an International group, that are fighting with US Kurdish allies, against ISIS. They fight with a group called the YPG, one of two major Kurdish groups fighting. They call themselves Antifa also, but are a very different version, than their American buddies. From our understanding, they are the real Antifa, who were formed after ww2, standing against the real Nazis.
It get’s quite confusing, trying to get a grip on the political leaning of the group. We get the impression it is a wide range of people, from around the world. They seem to support everything from Marxism, Socialism and Communism, to the US Constitution, to certain forms of secular Islam. Definitely majority Marxist leaning though, which is the influence we are seeing in the USA. (Remember the Berkeley anti-Marxist attack?)
The ones in Germany, are receiving pressure from Merkel, not to support their US backed Kurdish friends. That is something the right in the US can agree with, as the left in the US, Canada, Australia, see Merkel as a hero.
Unlike those countries though, some of them seem to be against the EDL (English Defense League), which is the UK group that stands against mass Islamic immigration. That’s confusing. If they fight ISIS, then wouldn’t they be against Islam?
No. They seem to have a much better grip than their American side, on the several sects of the religion. It is because they fight with the Kurds, many of which are secular Muslims. They are actually in Syria, among the Islamic families caught in the Iran and Saudi Arabian proxy war. Caught among ISIS and US, Russian, and UK forces, who have no desire for strict Sharia. Confusing. Something Americans have not been educated on, the left demanding the right respect all forms of Sharia.
Regardless of where they stand politically, one cannot refute the fact that they do indeed deserve respect, for helping the Kurds and Syrians take back their cities.
We do not claim to completely understand this group yet. We have seen talk and pictures, of some of them who stand hard against the “capitalist” West. But we also discovered they had ejected foreign members, who were extremist against the US. We saw conversations, that leaned more towards people who have actually been fighting on the ground, with their friends the Kurds, and the Kurds American allies. While we may not agree on politics, many seem to want the middle ground of fighting a common enemy, and the freedom to live in their own countries as they please.
These brave young men and women who call themselves Anti-Fascist, certainly put another face to Antifa, that their American counterparts fail to grasp.
New Leftist ‘Freedom Brigade’ to Join Kurdish Forces in Rojava
An International armed group has been formed in Rojava, the Kurdish region in north of Syria, called Internationalist Freedom Brigade consisting of communist and leftist fighters from several countries around the world.
The Marxist Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) of Turkey and Kurdistan has been the main force behind the establishment of the group. The group’s main objective is to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq and any other occupying forces, according to a statement by the group on June 11.
(Remember when US Antifa attacked the Berkeley Anti-Marxist rally?)
Kurds pledge to fight Turkey to retain Syria’s Manbij
The commander of Kurdish fighters in Syria’s Manbij city has told Al Jazeera that his forces will fight to defend any move by Turkey to take over the area.
Adnan Abu Amjad’s comment came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that when his country’s forces finished helping Syrian opposition fighters take over Al Bab from ISIL , they would move on to Manbij and then ISIL’s self-declared capital Raqqa.
WATCH: Kurdish-led forces release IS prisoners in Manbij
Authorities of the Syrian northern town of Manbij released dozens of the Islamic State (IS) prisoners on Tuesday under an amnesty decree.On the occasion of the Kurdish New Year (Newroz), the Public Relations Office of the Manbij Military Council (MMC) released 22 prisoners who worked with IS when it captured the town about three years ago.
Manbij Military Council (MMC) is part of the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which liberated Manbij from IS last August.
The released prisoners were local people who worked with IS in Manbij and were arrested when the SDF and their allies retook the town.
Jubilation in Syria’s Manbij as ISIS loses control of key city
Manbij residents finally freed from the stranglehold of ISIS occupation celebrated in the streets Saturday, cutting off beards, burning niqabs and smoking cigarettes, things they weren’t allowed to do during the terror group’s two-year rule over the city.