Now, just to show you how propagandized, and even absurd, is Al Jazeera's reporting on Syria:
When I tried to get that link for you, it wouldn't take me there, so I had to look for it. In doing so, I came across this page:
=field_ns_topic%3A153, which shows the 'Syrian Live Blog', constantly updating Syrian stories.
Ok, well I notice this picture, which stood out to me b/c I had recently read stories directly contradicting this. The picture and Al Jazeera's
description above, and caption below it:
AJ Description: Photo: Syrian-Kurdish women and members of an armed opposition group fighting against the Syrian government.
AJ Caption: Members of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) stand guard during the funeral of a comrade in the northern Syrian border village of
It is disingenuous b/c , as AJ must well know, the Kurds are not actually fighting with the Syrian govt; they wouldn't mind to see Assad fall, b/c
what they're after is a Kurdish state for themselves, which will only come with Assad's fall (but they know will not happen under Islamist rule
either). However, thus far, their skirmishes (as far as I'm aware) have been only
with the FSA, who tries to move in on their territory.
Now here are some recent articles relating to the YPG :
"Kurds and FSA Fight as Clinton’s Efforts to Build New Government Stir Hornet’s Nest"
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
The murder of Nujeen Dirik, the 42 year old Kurdish female militia leader from Aleppo, by the FSA is likely to spark revenge killings. The FSA
in Aleppo lured Dirik into a trap by making a deal to exchange bodies of the dead and kidnapped supporters. When Dirik led a group of Kurdish
fighters to the anti-regime insurgents to make the hand-off, she was snatched. A week later she was killed by the FSA rather than traded.
Dirik headed a militia unit charged with protecting the Ashrafiyeh and Sheikh Maqsud districts of Aleppo. This was a clear show of force by the FSA
meant to demonstrate to the Kurds not to try to intimidate FSA insurgents. The Kurds may suck up this defeat and choose not to launch a war of
vengeance, but it is unlikely that they will not make a move to reassurt their control over the Ashrafiyeh neighborhood that was penetrated by FSA
troops last week.
"Turkey, Syria and the Kurds - A third party joins the fray" Nov 23rd 2012
Turkey remains hostile to both Kurdish parties, which say that it helped plan the Syrian rebels’ attack on the PYD in Ras al-Ayn. Barzan Iso,
an independent Kurdish Syrian journalist, says the Syrian rebels used Turkey as a base from which to bash the PYD on November 8th. “The operation
wasn’t about kicking out Assad’s forces,” he says. “It was to dislodge the PYD.” A Turkish foreign ministry spokesman disagreed: “There is
now a pattern of Free Syrian Army forces liberating towns [in Syria], doing the job, and the Kurds then trying to move in and take over.”
"MEET THE YPG, THE KURDISH MILITIA THAT DOESN'T WANT HELP FROM ANYONE"
Initial reports based on FSA claims and somebody’s friend who spoke to someone in Aleppo on the phone had the rebels taking 90 percent of the
city and cooperating with Kurdish militias, but less than a day later these claims were revealed to be false. It seems the Popular Protection Unit
(YPG), a Kurdish militia set up to protect the Kurdish areas from opposing forces, repelled the FSA.
...The following day, the FSA once again tried to enter the Kurdish neighborhood known as Ashrafiya. This video purports to show them firing at a
civilian demonstration protesting the FSA and regime coming into the neighborhood, a Kurdish stronghold.
"Syrian rebels clash with Kurds as President Assad's grip on power loosens in region bordering Turkey" Nov 19
- Fleeing residents said fighting was between Free Syrian Army and Kurds
- Kurds in the region are suspicious of the rebels and what they would do in a post-Assad regime
As a matter of fact, this article refers to Turkey accusing Assad of arming the Kurds, the opposite of the narrative of Kurds fighting against the
Fighting surged over the summer, and Ankara has accused its former ally and now adversary Assad of arming the militants.
Anyway, that picture and it's captions caught my eye and pissed me off, lol.
edit on 2-12-2012 by curiouscanadian777 because: tried to fix link, didn't work, left as is