As Turkish troops advance towards Afrin city centre where remaining PKK aligned YPG terrorists are preparing for a final battle against Turkish troops, civilians have attempted to flee the area before the battle commences. However, video has emerged showing YPG militants violently impeding the flight of civilians who seek to head towards areas outside of the YPG’s self-proclaimed zone of occupation.
According to reports citing statements from the UN, both Arabs and Kurds have attempted to leave Afrin, but the YPG remains intent on using civilians as human shields. The following drone video shows clashes between civilians and YPG terrorists on the outskirts of Afrin city centre.
U.N. Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock has confirmed that the YPG continues to prevent civilians from relocating to safer areas in northern Syria. This is not the first time that the YPG has demonstrated its willingness to violently harass civilians in the service of its military agenda.
The YPG’s cross-border partner, the internationally recognised terror group PKK have killed more people in Turkey during their period of operations than the combined number of Americans killed in every terrorist attacks on US soil. This statistic of course, includes 9/11. Likewise the PKK’s sister group YPG continue to wage a campaign of ethnic cleansing against indigenous Arabs and other minorities including Assyrians and Armenians in the areas of northern Syria where they have set up an illegal occupation regime they refer to as “Rojava”.
In Iran, a PKK off-shoot called PJAK has killed hundreds of Iranians in a conflict which has led Ankara and Tehran to cooperate in the Turkish construction of a border wall to prevent the PKK and PJAK from supplying one another with deadly weapons. Finally, after a long history of treachery against several Iraqi governments, both Ba’athist and pro-Iranian governments, a would-be Kurdish insurgency from extremists in Iraq was put down in September of 2017 thanks to the efforts of the Iraqi armed forces who received support from both Iran and Turkey in creating a no-fly zone over northern Iraq. One of the proximate causes of this operation was not merely an illegal declaration of independence by Kurdish groups in northern Iraq, but due to the fact that the Kurdish Peshmerga militia was illegally occupying Iraq’s Kirkuk oil fields in violation of the autonomy agreement Baghdad had signed with Kurdish leaders.
It is no coincidence that in Syria, the YPG are currently occupying the country’s most oil rich regions with the aid of the United States, nor should it be surprising that while putatively anti-PKK Kurdish groups in Iraq were once economically supplied by Turkey and while Ankara built them their own international airport, they now burn Turkish flags in the street, thus demonstrating that violent ethno-nationalism trumps party political differences during times of cross-border crisis.
The conflict in Syria has brought to light the reality that Kurdish terrorists threaten the sovereignty and territorial unity of both Turkey and the Syrian Arab Republic. It has been well documented that on Syrian territory, the illegal Kurdish regime of “Rojava”, Arabs are particularly discriminated against. Arabs are often forced to pay extremely high prices for basic goods which are sold cheaply to local Kurds. Likewise, the Kurdish regime has illegally changed the names of Arab towns, villages and cities in an attempt to acculturate Arab culture from locations in an internationally recognised Arab state. The most infamous instance of this acculturation is the unilateral refusal of Kurdish extremists to use the name Ayn al-Arab for the city they have tried to get the world to call “Kobani”.
Elsewhere, schools set up by Kurdish extremists deprive children of their legal right to be taught in Arabic, all the while anti-Syrian propaganda is shoved down the throats of the young. Most worryingly, in areas where Arabs and non-Kurdish minorities fled from Daesh, “Rojava” supporters have seized Arab private and public property and turned it into their own. Entire families have been prohibited from returning to their homes, not because of the largely vanquished Daesh, but because of “Rojava” and its heavily armed YPG terrorist militia.
In this sense, Turkey and Syria both face the same threat of annexation, ethnic cleansing, cultural cleansing and the presence of heavily armed illegal Kurdish militias terrorising civilians. Iraq and Iran face similar problems from ethno-nationalists Kurds which explains why Iraq, Turkey and Iran united to put an end to an attempted Kurdish insurgency against Iraq in September of 2017. In 2014, a group of heavily armed “Israel” backed Kurdish militants called Peshmerga, illegally occupied Iraq’s Kirkuk oil fields, thus depriving Iraq of a much needed source of revenue. By October of 2017, the Iraqi armed forces in alliance with Popular Mobilisation Units and the no-fly zone enforced jointly by Turkey and Iran, helped to end the insurgency. Some pointed to the fact that the Kurdish KPD in Iraq is politically disunited vis-a-vis the YPG in Syria, PKK in Turkey and PJAK in Iran. That not withstanding during the Autumn of 2017 Kurdish insurgency in Iraq when Kurdish forces throughout the region united in support of the uprising and so too did their common ally “Israel”.
The issue of Kurdish terrorism seems to be either dismissed outright or otherwise whitewashed by large sectors of both the mainstream and so-called alternative media. Far from simply succumbing to the idea that ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’, YPG terrorists in Syria stand accused of allowing Daesh terrorists safe passage through their territory, where they were then able to fire upon Syrian and allied Russian troops. Likewise, it has recently emerged that YPG/SDF militants have let Daesh fighters out of prison in exchange for their loyalty in the battle against Turkey. Similar stories have emerged in Iraq where it is widely believed that Kurdish Peshmerga militants bribed and cut deals with Daesh so that the Takfiri group would focus its barbaric violence upon Iraqi Arabs rather than Kurdish controlled areas.
Against this background, it should not be surprising that the YPG is now using force against local civilians, including fellow ethnic Kurds, in order to use them as human shields in a battle that the civilian population never asked for. This is the same YPG that has in the past turned violently against fellow Kurdish political groups. Today, the western myth of the YPG’s allegedly “humane” character has been fully exposed as the disingenuous black propaganda that it always was.