Tendance Coatesy

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400 Leftist and other Foreign Fighters Join Kurds to Fight Islamic State Genociders.

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Internationalist Leftists and Communists Fight with the Kurdish people.

The London-based Syrian Observatory For Human Rights says that 400 foreign fighters have so far joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.

The YPG has been active fighting against Islamic State (IS) in Hasakah, Raqqa and Aleppo provinces. The Syrian Kurdish group has been recruiting many of its foreign fighters through Facebook since last year. Recruits have joined the YPG from Europe, Australia, North America and South America. In addition, thousands of fighters that have joined from Turkey and Iran.

On 10th June, a New Leftist brigade was formed, modelled on the international leftist brigades of the Spanish civil war, called the Free Internationalist Brigades, reports IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Monitor.

The group consists of fighters from Albania, Armenia, Germany, Greece, Spain, Caucasus, and members from Turkish leftist organisations such as the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP), Halk Kurtulus Ordusu, and Birlesik Özgürlük Güçleri (BÖG).

US citizen Keith Broomfield (36), died on 3rd June in the village of Qentere near Kobani. In addition, a German female fighter of the YPJ and a member of the MLKP died in clashes against IS around the town of Tal Tamer in last March.

A British YPG fighter also died after he was wounded in clashes with IS in the area located between the two towns of Tal Hamis and al- Hol in the province of al- Hasakah on March 4th. An Australia was killed in clashes with IS in the town of Tal Hamis in al- Hasakah on February 25th.

Bas News.

teleSUR  reports,

Internationalist Freedom Brigade say communist fighters from various nations will fight alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State
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.

Statement: “We are in the International Battalion to Protect the Rojava Revolution”

The Middle East is turned into a sea of blood by the hands of imperialist blood suckers and colonialism. Through the ISIS gangs organized by the same forces, the region is being tried to be occupied and the people are being forced to submit. Massacres committed by the ISIS gangs against Christians, Yazidis, Assyrians and Muslims, rapes, abductions and selling of the women and children, mass execution ceremonies, various inhumane practices are in fact the reflection of their imperialist masters and their centuries old practices.

The spectacular resistance of organized popular movements led by the YPG-YPJ against those who wish to drown peoples in this lake of blood, make them forget their languages, beliefs, lives and personalities have succeeded in Rojava, as it did in Kobanê, Shingal, Til-Hemis and Serêkaniyê.

The Rojava revolution has made a tremendous impact, the resistance of the YPG-YPJ has turned into a field that the impoverished peoples enviously admire, increase their solidarity actions and send fighters and it has became today’s Beqaa and today’s Palestine. The Rojava revolution is now, the Paris Commune under the German siege, Madrid of the Spanish Civil War and Stalingrad of the Second World War.

The Rojava revolution ran the power balances of surrounding countries, foremost Turkey upside down and has become the heart of the world revolutions that grow bigger every single day and a torch of resistance of the oppressed peoples.

As a women’s revolution, the Rojava revolution have created a strong women will against the male-dominated world reactionism and became its symbol.

Revolutionaries from the world who undertake defending the Rojava revolution and spreading its course as a historical duty and a responsibility have turned their faces towards the Middle East and have not hesitated, not even a moment to fight in fronts, shed their blood and die for the victory.

Revolutionary forces who have come to the lands of Rojava all around Turkey and the world to enhance and advance the revolution, as well as to greaten and carry the war to their lands have struggled for the essential contribution to the war and to the revolution.

We, who fight on every inch of Rojava, who die as martyrs, who raise the flag of resistance…

We, who fight up front against imperialism and regional reactionaries…

We, who confront the savage attacks carried out with all support in order to suppress the revolution by the ISIS gangs…

We, who live the revolution, who feel it in their veins and cells…

We, who realize the Rojava revolution, the peoples who live in Kurdistan, the workers, oppressed, women, internationalist revolutionaries who fight under the flag of YPG-YPJ…

We have taken an oath, made a promise to the ones who have fallen before us, to the values created before…

We are the Spanish, Germans, Greeks, Turks, Arabs, Armenians, Laz, Circassians, Albanians…

We, as internationalists, revolutionary forces, organizations, groups from all around the world have united under INTERNATIONAL FREEDOM BATTALION in order to defend the Rojava revolution.

The oppressed people, workers, labourers, women, youth, communities of different beliefs and identities, ecologists, anti-imperialists, anti-fascists, anti-capitalists, democrats and revolutionaries; we call upon you to fight and triumph under the flag of INTERNATIONAL FREEDOM BATTALION to defend the Rojava revolution, increase our gains, enhance the fraternity of the people and the revolution of the Middle East and the region…”


Meanwhile there are those from Europe who have gone to join the genociders.

Community leaders in the home town of a West Yorkshire teenager who reportedly carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq have spoken of their shock at the news.

Dewsbury councillor Masood Ahmed said Talha Asmal, 17, was “no different” from other teenagers, and said people in the town were “devastated”.

Asmal is believed to have become Britain’s youngest suicide bomber, in an oil refinery attack south of Baiji.

His family say he was groomed online, describing it as a “tragedy”.

At least 11 people were killed in the car bombings carried out by four suicide bombers near the city north of Baghdad on Saturday.

Social media reports linked to militant group Islamic State (IS) said Asmal, going by the name of Abu Yusuf al-Britani, was among the attackers.

Asmal would be Britain’s youngest known suicide bomber. Another West Yorkshire teenager, Hasib Hussein, was 18 when he blew himself up on a London bus in the 7 July 2005 attacks.



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  1. But the Grauniad says hardly any foreigners are fighting ISIS?! That those going are all ex military hankering for a return to battle? Could they be wrong?

    Paul Canning

    June 15, 2015 at 12:37 pm

  2. The Guardian has very poor coverage of events on the Kurdish front line.

    Le Monde has excellent first-hand reports, L’Humanité even has a reporter inside Kobane during the siege, the Independent has Robert Fisk and Patrick Cockburn who know the region inside out.

    In this instance events do not fit into their way of thinking, so they simply ignore them.

    It wasn’t so long ago that they were publishing articles (like the one that made George Monbiot hated for all time by all progressive humanity) like this (amongst many other efforts to ‘understand’ the Islamist murderers):

    The International Brigades are acclaimed for bravery. But British citizens who fight in Syria are damned. If only they did it for the money


    Now I imagine they have somebody writing that Talha Asmal – an enthusiastic participant in modern day Einsatzgruppen and a far from isolated number of British genociders – was not responsible for his crimes.

    Andrew Coates

    June 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm

  3. I just tried correcting the Graun on a HDP story claiming gays were elected (there was one candidate, in an unelectable list position). Brick wall.

    Missing comment Andy.

    Paul Canning

    June 15, 2015 at 4:35 pm

  4. That is a rather important news item: I was left with the impression that a gay candidate was elected.

    Andrew Coates

    June 15, 2015 at 5:20 pm

  5. AS is the duty of all inter-planetary internationalists I am off to watch the new Clangers.

    Andrew Coates

    June 15, 2015 at 5:24 pm

  6. If I was being charitable I’d say they are confusing being gay with supporting gay rights :#

    Here’s the story I posted before http://lgbtinewsturkey.com/2015/06/05/the-campaign-against-homosexuality-in-turkeys-elections/

    Here’s a gay leader of HDP on the election http://www.kaosgl.com/page.php?id=19587

    Paul Canning

    June 15, 2015 at 5:49 pm

  7. Galloway Mayoral campaign appears to be dead in the water >> http://www.buzzfeed.com/sirajdatoo/galloway-wants-to-be-mayor#.tsAjVm7ag Total absence of money.

    Paul Canning

    June 15, 2015 at 5:51 pm

  8. Oh there you go again. That is clearly a photo of a sick and perverted gay-transgendered-jew..er..ZIonist Clanger wedding. Don’t get me wrong, some of my best friends are Clangers.

  9. I cannot imagine that the niceties of sexual identity politics are at the forefront of anyone’s mind in or around Rojava. Such things are a preoccupation of stable, peaceful societies, where the most important things (like physical survival) are not at issue.


    June 16, 2015 at 9:38 am

  10. “The Middle East is turned into a sea of blood by the hands of imperialist blood suckers and colonialism. Through the ISIS gangs organized by the same forces,”

    So it appears they really believe that ISIS is organised by the Evil USA… I hope these reinforcements can shoot straighter than they can think. In due course they may actually learn from their leftist comrades in Rojava rather than just spouting unthinking Guardianista crap at them. That aside, bravo and good luck to them.

    Tal Abyad yesterday was taken from ISIS by the Kurds and allies – and with the help of US air strikes, much as that will depress many posturing leftists.


    Tal Abyad was one of the main supply routes to Raqqah. It is quite amazing and heroic what has been achieved since Kobani was written off by the world and on the brink of falling to ISIS in October. The Kurdish (and allied) struggle in the north of Syria has been the one unmistakable positive in the battle against ISIS in the past eight months. May the success continue.


    June 16, 2015 at 10:59 am

  11. There are plenty of problems with groups from a M-L origin, and this is only one of them Lamina.

    I deliberately posted the full statement – it is theirs and for them to say what they think.

    The idea that the Caliphate is a US creation is quite a common theme – as no doubt you are aware – in the Middle East.

    To some extent it’s better than the ideas peddled in Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution by Alastair Crooke which claims to see some kind of new humanism and ‘resistance’ in violent Islamism – the kind of stuff that all-too obviously informed Caliphate John’s views.

    I chose to simply ignore this claim about the US (Galloway sees Israel’s hand as well) and concentrate on what is heroic and good about what these people are doing.

    Salute the armed fight against Islamism!

    Andrew Coates

    June 16, 2015 at 11:34 am

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