Salih Muslim, a former leader of the Syrian based PYD, a sister organisation of the Turkey based PKK terrorist group has been arrested by Interpol in Prague. Muslim had been in Europe making speeches slandering Turkey’s anti-terror Operation Olive Branch before being spotted in the Czech capital by journalists from Turkey’s Sabah newspaper.
Turkey is currently preparing extradition papers, as Muslim is wanted on terrorism related charges by Ankara. This comes after the UN Security Council voted unanimously in favour of a general ceasefire in Syria whose goal is to allow aid and medical supplies into areas besieged by illegal terrorist occupation.
Crucially, the resolution allows continued fighting against recognised terrorist groups, including Daesh and al-Qaeda elements. This is why statements from Iran, Russia and Syria have been issued, in order to clarify that anti-terror operations in Eastern Ghouta will continue within the framework of the recently passed UN Resolution 2401. This point was also clarified in statements from the Russian and Syrian Ambassadors to the United Nations after yesterday’s vote in favour of the 30 day ceasefire.
It also appears as though Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch will continue as expected as Turkey has made significant gains over the last several days in and around Afrin.
All of this raises the important issue that in a conflict such as the one in Syria, it is critical at all times to separate terrorist groups from genuine political groups. In spite of competing ideologies, tactics and strategies, Takfiri groups like Daesh and al-Qaeda, along with all of their affiliates along with the PYD/YPG/PKK Kurdish groups have all brought terror directly to civilian populations. The PYD/PKK are interested in politics in the same way that Daesh calls itself a “state”. In reality, both groups seek to do politics at gunpoint without any respect to international norms or tolerance for civilian populations who do not fit their violent agendas.
Whether PKK terrorists slaughtering Turks at a resort, al-Qaeda firing rockets at civilians in Damascus, or the state terrorism of the Zionist regime firing at and killing unarmed demonstrates, all such acts are equally deplorable and obscene. It is a duty of any objective observer to condemn all terrorism whether state terrorism, Takfiri/jihadi terrorism, ethno-nationalist Kurdish terrorism and any other kind of malicious violence propagated by other nefarious non-state groups.
While the terrorist atrocities of Takfiri groups and the Zionist regime are well known, the full extent of Kurdish terrorism remains largely under-reported outside of Turkey, the country which has suffered most from PKK terrorist attacks.
Between 1984 and the present day, thousands have been killed by the Kurdish terrorist organisation PKK. This includes not only Turkish soldiers, policemen, public officials and citizens, but also foreign citizens, as was the case when two Europeans were killed during the 2005 PKK bombing of a resort in Kuşadası. To put things in perspective, more people have died in Turkey from PKK terrorist attacks than the total number of individuals killed in the US from terrorist attacks dating from the US Declaration of Independence to the Present Day.
While NATO lists the PKK as a terrorist group, it is from the NATO block of nations where precious little is said and done to condemn the PKK. Irrespective of what one thinks of any political party in Turkey, one can imagine how the US or major EU nations would react if they were under siege from a committed ethno-nationalist terrorist group for over 30 years.
It is for this reason that Turkish President Erdogan’s anti-Kurdish terrorist campaign, Operation Olive Branch has the support of most mainstream political parties in Turkey. Furthermore, it is an open secret that the Syrian terrorist group YPG/PYD has been actively aiding their PKK brethren on the other side of the border. Indeed, Kurdish militants in Syria whether flying under the YPG flag or the US sponsored SDF flag, frequently march with photos of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. This intrinsically means that the US is a sponsor of pan-regional Kurdish terrorism as is “Israel” which has strong ties to militant Kurdish groups throughout the region.
The above photo shows YPG soldiers fighting as part of the US sponsored SDF posing before a giant poster of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan in the ruins of the Syrian city of Raqqa. For Turks, this image is tantamount to a photo of militants standing before a giant poster of Daesh (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It is also crucial to remember that the YPG/PKK/PYD do not only terrorise non-Kurds, they have also participated in the killing of those belonging to rival Kurdish groups whose politics is far more moderate.
The conflict in Syria has brought to light the reality that Kurdish terrorists threaten the sovereignty and territorial unity of both Turkey and the Syrian Arab Republic. It has been well documented that on Syrian territory, the illegal Kurdish regime of “Rojava”, Arabs are particularly discriminated against. Arabs are often forced to pay extremely high prices for basic goods which are sold cheaply to local Kurds. Likewise, the Kurdish regime has illegally changed the names of Arab towns, villages and cities in an attempt to acculturate Arab culture from locations in an internationally recognised Arab state. The most infamous instance of this acculturation is the unilateral refusal of Kurdish extremists to use the name Ayn al-Arab for the city they have tried to get the world to call “Kobani”.
Elsewhere, schools set up by Kurdish extremists deprive children of their legal right to be taught in Arabic, all the while anti-Syrian propaganda is shoved down the throats of the young. Most worryingly, in areas where Arabs and non-Kurdish minorities fled from Daesh, “Rojava” supporters have seized Arab private and public property and turned it into their own. Entire families have been prohibited from returning to their homes, not because of the largely vanquished Daesh, but because of “Rojava” and its heavily armed YPG terrorist militia. Likewise, just as Kibbutzim were built in strategically prominent and agriculturally rich locations in Palestine, so too was “Rojava” designed to encompass some of Syria’s most oil rich land.
In this sense, Turkey and Syria both face the same threat of annexation, ethnic cleansing, cultural cleansing and the presence of heavily armed illegal Kurdish militias terrorising civilians. Iraq and Iran face similar problems from ethno-nationalists Kurds which explains why Iraq, Turkey and Iran united to put an end to an attempted Kurdish insurgency against Iraq in September of 2017. In 2014, a group of heavily armed “Israel” backed Kurdish militants called Peshmerga, illegally occupied Iraq’s Kirkuk oil fields, thus depriving Iraq of a much needed source of revenue. By October of 2017, the Iraqi armed forces in alliance with Popular Mobilisation Units and the no-fly zone enforced jointly by Turkey and Iran, helped to end the insurgency. Some pointed to the fact that the Kurdish KPD in Iraq is politically disunited vis-a-vis the YPG in Syria, PKK in Turkey and PJAK in Iran. That not withstanding during the Autumn of 2017 Kurdish insurgency in Iraq when Kurdish forces throughout the region united in support of the uprising and so too did their common ally “Israel”.
The issue of Kurdish terrorism seems to be either dismissed outright or otherwise whitewashed by large sectors of both the mainstream and so-called alternative media. Far from simply succumbing to the idea that ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’, YPG terrorists in Syria stand accused of allowing Daesh terrorists safe passage through their territory, where they were then able to fire upon Syrian and allied Russian troops. Likewise, it has recently emerged that YPG/SDF militants have let Daesh fighters out of prison in exchange for their loyalty in the battle against Turkey. Similar stories have emerged in Iraq where it is widely believed that Kurdish Peshmerga militants bribed and cut deals with Daesh so that the Takfiri group would focus its barbaric violence upon Iraqi Arabs rather than Kurdish controlled areas.
Terror in the Middle East comes in many guises. Some of it is secular, some of it Takfiri/Wahhabi, some of it Zionist and some of it Kurdish. To whitewash or excuse any one of these terrorist traditions, has the effect of excusing them all.