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Anarchist-inspired Kurdish self defense militias in northern Syria are defending against a
by Roj
Sunday Jul 20th, 2014 4:49 AM
Anarchist-inspired Kurdish self defense militias in northern Syria are defending against attacks by ISIS.
Anarchist-inspired Kurdish self defense militias in northern Syria (Rojava) are defending against attacks by ISIS. They are inspired by the late Murray Bookchin, and accordingly are democratically organized. They are called YPG ("People's Protection Units") and are supported by workers collectives in their region and are being embargoed by Turkey and cut off from any outside assistance. Turkey, in fact, appears to be actively supporting ISIS together with Saudi Arabia (boxes have been found in ISIS positions overrun by YPG bearing the text "Turkey and Saudi Arabia Hand in Hand supporting Islam"). They are collectivizing and democratizing their region and are also promoting equality of women and local ethnicities. The People's Protection Units are especially threatened because of ISIS's advanced US-made weaponry captured at Mosul recently and other places.

Some starting points to find out more on this topic:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Kurdish%E2%80%93Islamist_conflict_%282013-present%29
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/06/zaman-syria-kurds-rojava-ypg-muslim-pyd-pkk-turkey-isis.html#
http://kurdishquestion.com/kurdistan/west-kurdistan/isis-attacks-on-kobane-and-ypg-respnse/170-isis-attacks-on-kobane-and-ypg-respnse.html