Monday, May 12, 2014

The unknown war in Syria

The Kurds are fighting against Islamic jihadists but the MSM does not tell us.  There are many fronts against Islamic expansion around the world, this is another of those "dirty little wars" that will have a much greater impact on the world than we have been told.

From the National Post May 11

‘They cut hands, cut heads, play with corpses’: Islamic extremists fighting brutal war against Kurds in Syria

A dirty little war is grinding on in northern Syria, off the West’s radar and beyond the reach of much of its media, writes Jonathan Spyer, who has just returned from a visit to the besieged Kurdish enclave of Kobani.

The conflict between the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the Kurdish upstarts provides a glimpse of what the future might hold for the country, now in the fourth year of a punishing civil war — wars within wars.

Syria is now fractured into a multitude of interests, split along ethnic, religious and regional grounds — and each badly disposed to the others.

Last year, Syria’s Kurds seized the opportunity to declare independence from Damascus in areas along the border with Turkey. Today, they control three separate enclaves — Jazira, the largest, in the northeast, Kobani and Afrin. These are among the most peaceful and well-governed areas of the country.

In Kobani (Ayn Al-Arab in Arabic), about 80,000 people live under the rule of a Kurdish administration dominated by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a movement closely allied with the separatist Kurdish movement, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), in neighbouring Turkey.

(.) For their part, the Kurds combine a studied contempt for their opponents’ tactical abilities with a sort of fascinated horror for some of their practices.

“They cut hands, cut heads, play with corpses,” said one female fighter.

“Many of them are on drugs. They attack randomly, haphazardly. But they can’t progress into our areas.”

A male fighter was more succinct. Asked about the Chechens who make up a significant portion of the jihadis’ manpower, he replied, “They are monsters.”

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