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RKOB quotes praise for the YPG and SDF by US generals.  This just reflects 
cooperation between the SDF and the US in the fight against ISIS, something I 
have never denied.  

But this cooperation does not amount to US occupation of SDF controlled areas. 
The people of these areas govern themselves through their own democratic 
institutions.

RKOB ignores the occupation of Afrin by Turkey.  The invasion was carried out 
with the support of Russia and the acquiescence of the US.  If the SDF are the 
"foot soldiers" of US imperialism, why did the US do nothing to stop the 
Turkish invasion of Afrin?

RKOB says that the Turkish army "created 12 observation positions at the 
demarcation line between free Idlib and the Assad-controlled territory".  
Actually the first 3 "observation positions" (military bases) were on the 
border between HTS controlled territory in Idlib and SDF controlled Afrin.  
They were part of the preparation for the invasion of Afrin.  So HTS, at the 
very least, collaborated with Turkey in the preparations for the invasion of 
Afrin.

Chris Slee

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This seems to me a particularly clumsy attempt to whitewash the role of
the YPG/SDF as foot soldiers of U.S. imperialism. As it is widely known,
the YPG/SDF leadership and the U.S. military have closely worked
together during numerous military operations. The U.S. Air Force has
given support to the YPG troops. The U.S. has armed the YPG, and so on.
(See on this e.g.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Democratic_Forces#Support_by_the_United_States,_France_and_other_Western_nations)


This is why the US military has repeatedly and openly praised the YPG as
their foot soldiers.

As we reported in a past article, US General Dunford praised the YPG as
the US “partners” on the ground in Syria. (“/We have 50,000 partners on
the ground./”,
https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/revelations-of-u-s-general-on-washington-s-allies-in-syria/)

Maj. Gen. James Jarrard, the commander of US Special Operations against
the Islamic State, also praised the YPG/SDF: “/They have an indomitable
will. They have been ferocious fighters and excellent leaders and pretty
amazing tacticians./”
(https://www.defense.gov/News/Transcripts/Transcript-View/Article/1359137/department-of-defense-press-briefing-by-general-jarrard-via-teleconference-from/)

And Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of US Central Command, told a
congressional committee that the Kurdish-led fighters constitute “/the
most effective force on the ground in Syria against ISIS/.”
(https://armedservices.house.gov/legislation/hearings/terrorism-and-iran-defense-challenges-middle-east)

Chris Slee may deny all this out of political embarrassment but the US
imperialists openly acknowledge the value of the YPG for Washington goals!

In contrast, the Turkish army or its air force didn’t join the HTS a
single time in any of its operation against the Assadist forces! Hence,
Ankara does not praise the role of the HTS. Quite the opposite, as we
have shown in past articles, the Erdoğan regime has desired since long
to subordinate or smash the HTS. (See e.g.
https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/syria-towards-the-final-battle-in-idlib/;
,
https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/syria-idlib-the-attack-of-the-astana-conspirators-could-be-repelled-thus-far/;
https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/turkey-s-hidden-war-against-hts-in-idlib/)

How silly for Chris Slee to equate the role of the YPG with that of the HTS!

As a result, Idlib is certainly not occupied by the Turkish army (until
now). The later has created 12 observation positions at the demarcation
line between free Idlib and the Assad-controlled territory. This is bad
enough but still the Turkish army does not move around freely inside
Idlib. This is in contrast to the role of the U.S. in YPG/SDF controlled
areas!

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