Push back Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria!

Support the Kurdish struggle for self-determination!

Trump and Erdogan have no one else to blame but themselves in the worsening political and humanitarian crisis in Syria. The US aggression for regime change in Syria using the terrorist Islamic State failed and only increased hostilities.

What effectively thwarted the terrorist menace in Syria were the people themselves and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), composed mainly of armed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ).

A few weeks before the Turkish invasion, the US convinced the SDF to remove fortifications in the border area providing the SDF security guarantees. Following a phone conversation between the US and Turkish presidents, the US announced that it “will no longer be in the immediate area”. US military garrisons in Tel Abyad, Tel Musa, Tel Hinzir and Tel Arqam were abandoned. US and Turkey joint patrols in the border ceased. The US practically green-lighted the Turkish invasion and back-stabbed the SDF and Kurdish forces.

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Trump released a statement on October 6 that Turkey will soon carry out its “long-planned operation” into northern Syria. Erdogan used the October 7 pullout of US forces in northern Syria to launch the first phase of “Operation Peace Spring” under the pretext of establishing a “safe zone” along the border. Its real intention is to demolish the self-administration of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in the liberated areas in Syria and cut-off the Kurds in southern Turkey long struggling for self-determination under the leadership of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The party is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the US and NATO.

Turkey’s invasion of northeast Syria is not only a violation of international law and a blatant breach of the International Security Council’s resolutions. It threatens a new wave of violence against Syria and the Kurdish people. Erdogan already threatened to open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants to Europe if the EU insists to denounce the operation as an invasion. The Syrian crisis has already engendered the largest refugee crisis of our time with more than 13 million in need of humanitarian assistance and 11 million refugees.

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) is one with the Kurdish people in fighting for their liberation. We are one with the Arab world and the rest of the international community in condemning Turkey’s invasion.  The Kurds have heroically defended Kobane and Rojava in the past. We trust that their resolute resistance and our solidarity can push back Turkey from northern Syria, and foil the US with its NATO allies from its imperialist intervention in the Middle East.

We call on all ILPS affiliates from across the globe to issue their own statements and hold indignation rallies against US and Turkey as well as solidarity actions for the Kurds.

Len Cooper
International League of Peoples’ Struggle


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