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The interview  with Yasser Munif is in some ways very good, but it is spoiled 
by his hostile attitude towards the PYD.


Munif claims that the PYD has "alliances...with  the Russians and the Syrian 
regime".  He says that "The Syrian regime does not bomb them [the PYD]".


In fact the Assad regime has bombed the PYD on a number of occasions.  See for 
example:

http://anfenglish.com/kurdistan/syrian-regime-attacks-sheikh-maqsoud


But it is true that the PYD tries, as far as possible, to avoid armed clashes 
with the Assad regime forces.  The PYD also wanted to avoid clashes with the 
anti-Assad rebels.  It tried to remain neutral.


However, some Turkish-backed rebel groups repeatedly attacked PYD-controlled 
areas such as Sheikh Maqsoud, a predominantly Kurdish neighbourhood of Aleppo.  
 See for example:

 
http://kurdishquestion.com/article/3132-138-civilians-killed-912-wounded-in-sheikh-maqsoud-attacks


The problem is that some Syrian rebel groups have been coopted by Turkey and 
used in its war against the PYD.  Recently some rebels have participated in the 
Turkish invasion of the northern part of Aleppo province.


But not all rebel groups are lining up with Turkey.  Some groups from the very 
diverse "Free Syrian Army" tradition have joined the Syrian Democratic Forces 
and are fighting alongside the YPG/YPJ.







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An important about face from Jacobin.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/01/syria-war-crisis-refugees-assad-dictatorship-arab-spring-intervention-russia/


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