It is highly implausible that the SDF/YPG perpetrated the Istanbul attack. Looks like Erdogan is manufacturing a pretext to attack #Rojava as he has long wanted.
Joshua Landis @joshua_landis
Kurdish-led Syrian SDF denies involvement in Turkey bombing
“Our forces have nothing to do with the Istanbul bombing,” said Mazloum Abdi, the chief commander of the US-allied SDF.
https://ara.tv/c9s9g' - https://twitter.com/carneross/status/1592195370201001984
Turkey's airstrikes in Syria and Iraq appear to have been extensive. Their aircraft passed through airspace in Syria effectively controlled by the US. So the US (and indeed UK) are content to see Turkey attack their most important ally on the ground in fighting ISIS.
Reuters story here:
Turkish air strikes hit villages in northern Syria, SDF says
Turkish aircraft shelled two villages populated with internally displaced people in northern Syria, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian
Not to mention that the areas attacked are democratic, and characterised by the promotion of women's rights and those of all ethnicities in the region known as #Rojava - https://twitter.com/carneross/status/1594457916194570241
What were these anarchist democrats doing playing host to a US military training facility? Ross doesn't appear to be interested in finding out. Like he saw no problem with the YPG apparently using young girls as front line soldiers against ISIS. He even describes them as the 'tip of the spear' (watch from 50:25):
'Nobody has a rank in the YPG, they just have teams, this being a non hierarchical society based on anarchist philosophy. But for a non hierarchical army they seem to have done pretty well
So this is the tip of the spear of the fight against Isis, and all so young.'
Indeed, even HRW and Amnesty felt obliged to call them out for routine use of child soldiers:
'In the course of the Syrian Civil War, including the years 2014 and 2015, reports by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International stated that militias associated with the autonomous region were committing war crimes, in particular members of the People's Protection Units (YPG). The reports from 2014 include reports of arbitrary arrests and torture, other reports include the use of child soldiers. After the report, the YPG publicly accepted the deficiencies and in October 2015 the YPG demobilized 21 minors from the military service in its ranks. Reports have been comprehensively debated and contested by both the YPG and other human rights organizations. In 2018, HRW again accused the YPG of recruiting minors. The YPG responded that if 16- and 17-year-olds are hired, the relatives are notified, but do not have to consent, and the minors are kept away from combat zones. Since September 2015, the YPG have received human rights training from Geneva Call and other international organizations. A September 2020 article from Syria Direct found that the SDF was continuing to recruit child soldiers, despite signing an action plan on July 1, 2019, with the United Nations to "end and prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers." ' - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_Administration_of_North_and_East_Syria#Human_rights
A small price to pay for appealing to the romantic anarchist philosopher in repentant diplomat Carne Ross... Here he is singing Zelensky's praises like a credulous gobshite:
'Zelensky's 10-point peace proposals are well worth a read. He cleverly takes the framing well beyond the usual territorial arguments, which is only one of his points, instead introducing ideas like energy security and ecocide. #Ukraine
Ukraine has always been a leader in peacemaking efforts; if Russia wants to end this war, let it...
We respect the rules and we are people of our word. Ukraine has always been a leader in peacekeeping efforts, and the world has witnessed it. And if Russia says that it supposedly wants to end this... ]
The frames are as much about international concerns as national, thus drawing in the interests of other countries, indeed, for instance on food security, the whole world.-' - https://twitter.com/carneross/status/1593591691763748865
Fancy that, he found a way to push all our buttons to get us to do what he wants! And Ross is happy to pass on his string of howling lies.
Anyway... another false friend to cross off the christmas card list. If David Graeber was still alive he'd be begging for US airstrikes against the Turks - https://members5.boardhost.com/xxxxx/msg/archive/1547037548.html