December 18, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
DAMASCUS, Syria – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called the US-backed Kurdish militia, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) as “traitors” on Monday as they coordinate with the United States.
“When we talk about those referred to as ‘the Kurds’, they are in fact not just Kurds. All those who work for a foreign country, mainly those under American command… are traitors,” he said.
“This is how we see these groups working for the Americans,” he said.
The Kurds account for around 15% of Syria’s population but occupy around a quarter of the country. Much of the areas it occupies is oil-rich and mostly outside of areas that constitute a Kurdish-majority.
The YPG are a branch of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that the US lists as a terrorist organization, suggesting contradictions and hypocrisy in the US’ Syria policy as it attempts to undermine the Assad government by all means possible.
The alignment of the YPG to the US is all the more stranger considering that it announces itself as having a Marxist-Leninist ideology, but directly coordinates with the biggest imperial empire the world has seen.
The US has supported, indirectly and/or directly, with every armed anti-government militant group in Syria, including ISIS, which is why Assad correctly asserts that the YPG are traitors as they seek to federalize Syria, with more extreme elements in the pseudo-Marxist group seeking independence.
This is all the more stranger as Kurdish nationalists believe much of northern Syria should be a part of an independent Kurdistan despite most Kurd’s in Syria being descendants of Kurds who had migrated to from the Ottoman Empire, and later the Turkish Republic, to Syria in the first half of the 20th Century.