Northern Syria's Experiment

Northern Syria’s Experiment

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In northern Syria, there is a self-declared autonomous state known as the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, also known as Rojava, which I will refer to it as for the remainder of this article. Rojava is a group which subscribes to the ideology of libertarian socialism, the idea of a small and non-tyrannical government and letting the workers have control over the means of production, meaning the workers control the businesses.

The military of Rojava is known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is a conglomeration of Arab and Kurdish militias, with the largest being the YPG (People’s Protection Units) and the YPJ (Women’s Protection Units). The SDF and Rojava have captured the vast majority of Islamic State controlled territory and have most recently liberated the last piece of ISIS controlled territory, the scrapyard town of Al Baghouz Fawqani.

Unlike most Kurdish groups, Rojava is not a separatist group. Rojava wishes to be an autonomous zone in Syria, hence the pretitle “Autonomous Administration.” Rojava has mostly focused their fight against the Islamic State, Al-Nusra Front (Syria’s Al-Qaeda), and the Turkish government, which they refer to as the “Turkish invaders.” However, Rojava and the Syrian Arab Army have rarely engaged in conflict. In fact, in the Northern Aleppo Offensive, the SAA and SDF cooperated in removing ISIS from the area.

Unfortunately, Rojava isn’t perfect. Human Rights Watch has suggested Rojava’s people courts in Raqqa lack professionalism. Amnesty International has also accused the group of levelling towns and forced displacement. They also have accused the group of trampling over the rights of civilians caught in the middle of the conflict.


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