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1. The fact that the SDF is cooperating with the US to fight against ISIS does 
not mean that the US is "occupying" SDF controlled areas.

If the presence of some foreign troops in an area amounts to "occupation", then 
Idlib is occupied by Turkey (something that RKOB has denied).

HTS forces accompanied the Turkish troops when they first moved into Idlib.  So 
you could say HTS helped Turkey to "occupy" part of Syria.

Despite some tension  between HTS and Turkey, HTS has not (as far as I am 
aware) made any attempt to drive the occupying Turkish army out.

2. The SDF is currently waging a guerrilla war against the occupying Turkish 
army in Afrin.  If there was to be a military agreement between the SDF and 
Assad (something which is hypothetical, not a reality at present), SDF would 
certainly expect help from Assad in the fight to drive the Turkish occupiers 
out.

3. RKOB speculates that the SDF will help Assad to invade Idlib.  But the SDF's 
priority will be to liberate Afrin from Turkish occupation.  I doubt that they 
would invade Idlib just for Assad's benefit.

Chris Slee

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Sent: Monday, 6 August 2018 5:01:07 PM
To: Chris Slee
Subject: Re: [Marxism] Syria: Towards the Final Battle in Idlib

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Comments on Chris Slee’s Reply

1) Chris Slee writes: “I did however describe HTS as reactionary and
hostile to the democratic goals of the 2011 revolution.”

Everything is relative: in relation to a socialist point of view the
HTS’s goals are reactionary. In relation to the YPG’s policy they are
definitely less reactionary! The YPG/SDF has helped US imperialism to
occupy parts of Syria. And now it looks to reach a deal with the
monstrous Assad regime. This is definitely more reactionary than any of
the HTS goals!

2) Chris Slee writes: “But it seems to me that the SDF would only agree
to military cooperation if it included action against the Turkish
occupation of Afrin.”

Why should the YPG/SDF “only agree to military cooperation if it
included action against the Turkish occupation of Afrin? They did agree
to military cooperation with US imperialism for years without a single
shot fired against the Turkish army!

3) Chris Slee writes: “This would imply the breakdown of relations
between the Assad regime and Turkey - in other words, the end of the
Astana agreement.”

That might be true. But one can end the Astana agreement from a
progressive and from a reactionary point of view. Breaking the Astana
agreement by a full-blown bloody invasion of Idlib and the slaughter of
tens of thousands of Syrians (and all with the help of the YPG/SDF
mercenaries) would be a reactionary tragedy! It would be the bloodiest
version of counter-revolution!


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