Magazine article New Internationalist

Syria: Then Came Betrayal

Magazine article New Internationalist

Syria: Then Came Betrayal

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Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced in northeast Syria after the Turkish offensive, which has put one of the most interesting political experiments in the Middle East on the brink.

Since the Kurds took control of the territory in 2012, they have set up a self-ruled society advocating equality and inclusion for minorities. All this in a region crisscrossed by ethnic and religious faults. Salih Muslim, one of the best-known faces of the Syrian Kurdish movement, once summed it up for me: 'We live together, that's our revolution.'

But then came betrayal. Only the US military presence in the area had helped keep both Ankara and Damascus at arm's length. When Washington pulled out, Turkey came in last October, with Moscow's permission. The army of Syria's President Assad was the last one to engage.

The first Turkish bomb hit a water-treatment plant, leaving half a million people without drinking water. The rest paved the way for Ankara-backed Islamist militias who turned Kurdish cities like Serekaniye into ghost towns. …

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