PKK/YPG terrorism – from a devious history to a devious present
The US backed YPG/PKK terrorists who make up the bulk of the American proxy force SDF in north-eastern Syria have struck yet another a deal with Daesh wherein hundreds of former captives from the world’s most notorious Takfiri terrorist organisation have been freed. Not only will theses terrorists now be free to link up with their Takfiri brethren throughout Syria and Iraq, but many of these terrorists have European passports and will likely be heading to Europe as part of Daesh’s new strategy of pivoting from a pseudo-military group in the Middle East to a network of criminals carrying out isolated attacks on vulnerable civilian populations throughout the world.
A history of YPG/PKK deals with Daesh
This of course is not the first time that the YPG/PKK have agreed to release Daesh terrorists with no questions asked. In 2017, a similar deal was reached. According to a source cited first by the Times of London and then by Turkey’s Daily Sabah in December of 2017, the freed Daesh terrorists are able to move freely in parts of Syria still occupied by the YPG/PKK, while some have been caught trying to sneak into Turkey. According to a captured Daesh terrorist:
“It was an easy route to cross. Even if the YPG ] catch you, you will be held for ten or 15 days and then released. I got on the road at the same time as the agreement. I crossed some farms and villages and got to Manbij and then al-Rai. The YPG didn’t ask anything”.
In a report from February of this year, Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia further confirmed that many of the released Daesh terrorists are now fighting with the US backed YPG/PKK terrorists in a battle against Turkish and allied Arab forces in Syria. Later, the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Çavuşoğlu stated that the YPG/PKK are no different from Daesh in terms of their brutality, criminality and their crimes against the indigenous populations of northern Syria.
Now, a further report has confirmed that Daesh terrorists in Syria with European citizenship are making their way to Europe for self-evidently nefarious purposes. While the barbarous brutality of Daesh is well known throughout the world, many in Europe and and United States are not fully aware of the dangers that PKK/YPG terrorists have long posed, even before their de-facto battlefield alliances with Daesh in Syria.
The PKK’s war against Turkey, Europe and now Syria
Since the beginning of March of 2018, over 42 PKK inspired attacks against Turks have taken place on German soil while the German government continues to feed domestic violence through a foreign policy of overt Turkophobia. This year, mosques frequented not just by Turks but other Muslims have been firebombed in Germany while Turkish owned shops have been attacked throughout the central European nation.
On the whole, the PKK’s war against Turkey has cost the lives of 40,000 people including thousands of civilians. As the PKK has violated numerous ceasefire deals, the death toll from PKK attacks continues to rise. Not only have the PKK waged war against Turks, but they have waged a brutal war against Turkish citizens of Kurdish origin who fail to comply with the blackmail techniques that the PKK employ in areas where they seek to attain control through the use of brute force. A new documentary on the mafioso/terrorist tactics of the extremist PKK by TRT World helps shed light on the violent, coercive and illegal acts that the terrorist group commits both against Turks and against the Kurdish communities they claim to kill for.
In recent years, the PKK’s Syrian branch YPG has employed many of these same techniques in the service of a brutal ethnic cleansing campaign against the Arab and non-Kurdish minority populations in areas of northern Syria where a YPG/PKK occupation has supplanted an illegal Daesh occupation.
Much of north eastern Syria, including the city of al-Raqqa was once ruled by the outlawed terrorist organisation Daesh. Today these areas are occupied by the United States and their radical Kurdish terrorist allies in the YPG/PKK. Here, I encourage the reader to re-read Andrew Kroybko’s dire warning of what was to come for the Sunni Arab populations of Syria’s north-east in a piece written during the Battle for Raqqa in which the geopolitical expert predicted much of what has since transpired in the region.
While Daesh made life hell for all, including the vast majority of moderate Sunni Arabs of north eastern Syria, under the radical Kurdish YPG/PKK terror groups who are in charge of the day-to-day life in most areas of the illegal US occupation, the Sunni Arab majority is not only suppressed but they are shunned. Since riding on the coattails of US hegemonic power in north eastern Syria, Kurdish YPG/PKK extremists have illegally seized Arab property and fought Arab tribes and families trying to return to their land, they have changed the names of streets, villages and even towns from their ancient Arab names to Kurdish names. In areas like Manbij and elsewhere where the YPG/PKK run schools, the textbooks are now filled with anti-Arab racism, as are the regional political manifestos while basic goods like food and clean water are scarce in areas occupied by the YPG/PKK with Arabs and non-Kurdish minorities often paying double the prices of ethnic Kurds and triple the prices of members of the YPG/PKK.
It must be reiterated that in the areas where the YPG and PKK have taken over from Daesh as the de-facto illegal terrorist occupier, the majority of people are Arab Sunnis, there are significant minority groups including Armenian Christians, Assyrians and Circassians – all of whom are equally victimised by the YPG/PKK as are Kurdish families who refuse to support their terrorist occupiers.
A threat to all regional powers including to Iran
The government of the Syrian Arab Republic is manifestly threatened by the YPG/PKK gangs terrorising both the Sunni Arab majority and non-Kurdish minorities in the areas which they control. Likewise, indigenous Arab populations, both those who support the Syrian government as well as those who at one time fought against it, are explicitly threatened by YPG/PKK terrorist occupation. Finally, as the YPG/PKK threaten the territorial integrity and political unity of both Syria and Turkey, the Turkish government and the Syrian government can and should make common cause against the YPG/PKK.
While the Turkish government has fully dropped its plans to unseat the Syrian government and while Syrian forces have abandoned previous direct threats against Turkey, a war of diplomatic words continues to flow between Damascus and Ankara. Russia in particular seeks a diplomatic rapprochement between Syria and Turkey and one area where such a rapprochement could be possible is over the issue of US proxy YPG/PKK terrorists.
This is especially true since reports from local media have indicated that the already brewing Arab rebellion against the YPG/PKK and USA has now been at least partly formalised as indigenous Arab tribal leaders have vowed to unite against the United States and its radical Kurdish terrorist allies. If Damascus were to extend an olive branch to Ankara over this issue, it could not only help create more unity in the Astana peace format but could also help to reconcile both pro-Damascus Syrian Arabs and pro-Ankara Syrian Arabs in a common cause to liberate Sunni Arab lands in northern Syria from a menacing non-Arab terror group that is under the patronage of the United States.
As part of a would-be reconciliation between Damascus and Ankara, Syria must express regret at aiding the PKK in the 1980s. Such a move was ultimately foolish as it was naive to think that PKK terrorists who seek to destroy Turkish territorial integrity on a radical ethno-nationalist basis, would not eventually try and do the same in Syria. Now that the PKK is attempting to make war on the territorial unity of both Syria and Turkey, the foolish Syrian policies of the 1980s have been exposed as strategically flawed.
This is the case as sure as it would be naive for Iran to turn a blind eye to US and Indian schemes encouraging ethno-nationalist terrorists in Pakistani Balochistan, without forecasting that the next place this terrorist separatism would attempt to conquer would clearly be the Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan. Likewise, Iran must also be careful not to alienate its Turkish partner by taking too soft a line against PKK terrorists whose PJAK brethren threaten the territorial integrity of Iran in its north western regions.
Back to Daesh
The YPG/PKK looks to be extracting its vengeance against the wider world by allowing the (thus far) uncontrollable inflow of Daesh terrorists into Europe. While continuing to produce black propaganda which attempts to mask the history of terrorism, ethnic cleansing, blackmail and coercion of the PKK, this same terrorist group is now effectively working with Daesh against the interests of the peoples of Turkey, Iran, Syria and the states of the EU.
Moreover, many Kurdish fighters from Iran who had previously been aligned with the PKK’s Iranian offshoot PJAK are now flowing into Afghanistan where they are fighting along with elements of Daesh and al-Qaeda.
To say that the PKK is anything but an international terrorist organisation would now be grossly naive. No terrorist organisation can be viewed with any degree of leniency. To say that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter is a classic cop-out designed to obfuscate a culture of negligence towards fighting and neutralising terrorism. The fact that Daesh fighters have now joined the ranks of PKK terrorists in Syria while allowing further Daesh members to escape into Europe, is proof positive that the threat posed by the PKK reaches far beyond Turkey.
Only a truly concerted international effort to stop the PKK and all of its offshoots can help to stem the tide of a new terrorist onslaught aimed at the civilian populations of multiple nations. European leaders must not let their own Turkophobia get in the way or protecting their citizens from the actions and plots of the PKK and likewise, the United States must follow through on its recent deal to assist Turkey in disarming and neutralising the YPG/PKK in northern Syria. Anything less is a clear dereliction of duty of all governments in the world to protect their people from terrorism.