ANTIFA, declared a terrorist organization in July by U.S President Donald J. Trump and Attorney General William Barr, is sending trained soldiers to Syria, where a reciprocal relationship has formed with the YPG and PKK terrorist groups, that are now returning to European countries, Canada, Australia and the U.S.
The relationship between ANTIFA members and other self-proclaimed “freedom fighter” groups around the world show the level of organization, their ability to swap information and training camps, as well as highlight this global underworld of armed thugs across the globe.
In 2018, Rolling Stone Magazine reported that in the hills of northeastern Syria, at a remote compound everyone called the Academy, which was basically a former oil facility turned into a training camp, volunteers from the U.S. and Europe received their training to fight alongside the YPG, in an article headlined, “The Untold Story of Syria’s Antifa Platoon.”
In Turkey, for more than 40-years, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants in its terror campaign. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.
These organizations undergo military style training and tactics in Turkey and Syria, then go out into other countries to infiltrate societies and cause terror and violence in order to influence the outcome of a particular country’s political ideology.
A new report, “Foreign Terrorist Fighters in PKK/YPG in Syria: Violent Extremism Backfires,” reveals the relationship between YPG/PKK terrorists in Syria and ANTIFA movements in western countries, warning about the negative consequences of turning blind eye to extremist groups’ activities.
Written by Professors Murat Tınas and Ahmet Demirden, who teach at the Turkish National Police Academy, where they work, the report said that the PKK terror group’s affiliates in Syria have recruited many western individuals from far-right and far-left organizations including ANTIFA groups operating in European countries, the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
“First, having a far-left ideology, the PKK has easily penetrated into various leftist movements in western countries through its established transnational networks. Second, the PKK/YPG has also reinforced its units through far-right extremist foreigners and cooperated with far-right armed groups.”
The authors said that “Regardless of their ideology or the groups they join, they can plan, direct or conduct terrorist attacks, create new terrorist organizations and radicalize and recruit new terrorists.”
For years there have been concerns and reports on the international stage, according to Daily Sabah, that ANTIFA elements have joined the PKK terrorist group’s Syrian offshoot the YPG, allies of the U.S. in Syria which have been receiving significant training and aid under the pretext of fighting ISIS.
Mark Bray, a history lecturer at Rutgers University and the author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” explains the ideology of ANTIFA in his book and the obvious similarities with the PKK.
Bray argued that jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan was mostly inspired by American author Murray Bookchin’s idea of libertarian municipalism, which led him to shift away from his Marxist-Leninist line toward horizontalist principles he called “Democratic Confederalism,” which is an ideological doctrine widely embraced by ANTIFA.
The Turkish Police Academy report found that “The dissemination and promotion of these narratives are paramount in order to attract sympathizers for the terror groups around the world.”
“Thus, public and private institutions working in the field must be cautious not to inadvertently facilitate these narratives.”
In other words, American businesses and the mainstream media should not be kowtowing to these ideologies, as it only manifests into a stronghold of ill-informed sympathetic posturing.
Timas and Demirden said “supporting a terrorist group in combating other terrorists can backfire with significant security risks for the public.”
“Terrorist groups attempt to justify their terror attacks by creating a narrative that portrays them as freedom fighters, anti-fascist, anti-authoritarian or anti-communists claiming to bring about justice by way of terrorism.”
That’s where the sympathetic, ill-informed businesses and media play a big part in normalizing their actions in the name of necessary “social reforms”. This only confuses civilians and fuels the fire for chaos and more violence and destruction as some misinformed citizens take up the cause and fight along with the terrorists.
The report said, “The dissemination and promotion of these narratives are paramount in order to attract sympathizers for the terror groups around the world. Thus, public and private institutions working in the field must be cautious not to inadvertently facilitate these narratives.”
“The security institutions of certain western governments have paid no attention to far-left and far-right extremists associated with the YPG and therefore their numbers, fighting experience, as well as the crimes that they have committed in the war zone remain mostly unknown and unmonitored”
The inaction against the terror groups in the other countries studied for the report and the glorification of the YPG/PKK in the media demonstrated that it reinforced the flow of foreign fighters and terrorists into the region.
The evidence from the report is very clear — placating the terrorist groups and their ideology in the form of mainstream media, celebrity and corporate business sympathizers only exacerbates the problem and ensures more violence and more destruction of property.
President Trump and AG Barr declared ANTIFA and BLM as terrorist organizations and are doing everything possible to snuff them out and restore law and order to America.