It’s been four years since Kurdish-led forces defeated the ISIS caliphate. But still today, the new authorities in North East Syria have to deal with thousands of foreign ISIS fighters, whose homelands refuse pleas to take them back.
Anna Rebrii is a New York–based writer and researcher focusing on the Kurdish issue in Syria and Turkey and indigenous movements in Mexico. Her writing has appeared in the Nation, Jacobin, Truthout, openDemocracy, and other outlets.
For a decade, the autonomous administration in northeast Syria has provided an alternative to dictatorship and Islamist terror. Yet still today Erdoğan’s Turkey is working to stop the revolution — including by cutting off its water and energy supplies.