Monday, October 23, 2017

Air Strikes Kill 22 in Deir Ez Zor- Syria Accuses US Led Coalition

Early reports have the US attacking civilians..
MEE
At least 22 people were killed late on Monday in strikes by unidentified aircraft on a Syrian government-held neighbourhood in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said.
A local official, and Syrian state television, accused the US-led coalition  of carrying out the strikes, and gave a lower death toll of 14, with 30 injured.
IS holds part of the city, but the deaths came in a neighbourhood under government control and appeared to be the possible result of a mistake, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The war monitor said the 22 civilians were killed in the Al-Qusur neighbourhood, in the west of the city, which is provincial capital of oil rich province
"Fourteen civilians were killed and more than 30 others injured in air strikes by coalition planes on the Al-Qusur neighbourhood in Deir Ezzor city," the source said, adding that the toll could rise because a number of the injured were in serious condition.
Syrian state television, citing its reporter, also accused the coalition of the strikes.
There was no immediate response from the coalition to questions on the deaths, which were reported late on Monday night.
 I had noticed earlier today there were reports of Syria evacuating civilians.. Most probably because they had some inkling of what the US might engage in. The destruction of Raqqa speaks loudly for itself..

Reuters-
An air raid in the government-held Qusur district of Deir al-Zor city in eastern Syria killed more than a dozen people, Syrian state television and a war monitor said on Monday.
State television said jets from a U.S.-led international coalition battling Islamic State carried out the air strike and that it killed 14 civilians and wounded 32 others.
 Coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon said by phone that he would check the reports, but that there was no reason for coalition jets to strike targets in Deir al-Zor city because the SDF was not fighting there.

Readers here may recall that Colonel Ryan Dillon lies?

Included in the post: After Raqqa, The US sees Russia, Assad Looming Over the Battlefield
Dillon:  “We’re not in a race, we’re not in the land-grab business. We’re here to defeat ISIS,” he said, using an acronym for the Islamic State"
It makes sense to me the US would target civilians.  I've been talking over several posts about the real possibility of envelope pushing /razors edge type stuff in Deir ez Zor

And isn't it amazing how cooperative ISIS always is with the Kurds and vice versa??.... Yet when it comes to Christians? Both Kurds and ISIS are brutal to the extreme. Must be one of those coincidences? Coincidentally, Israel has a real beef with Christians too?

I'll update when possible
 
ISIS left trail of blood in Syria town
The Islamic State militants came into the Syrian town with a hit list. By the time they left three weeks later, more than 100 civilians had been killed - shot or beheaded, their bodies dumped in farms and ditches.
News of the gruesome slayings began to emerge late Sunday, after IS militants were driven out by advancing government troops.
Terrified residents said they watched the slaughter from their windows or in the streets.
"They came into town with a hit list," said Abdullah AbdulKarim, adding that 35 of the 50 militants who overran the town late last month were originally from Qaryatayn. He said the militants accused many of their victims of collaborating with the government but many others were also caught in the revenge killing.
Once a predominantly Christian town known for its ancient monastery......
 There's been a real push on to clear the middle east of Christians these last several years

From earlier today:

Rebuilding Raqqa: Strengthening Terror Armies with "construction" contracts

Rebuilding Raqqa: Strengthening Terror Armies with "construction" contracts

 What might really be set to occur in Raqqa now that the US backed PKK terror crew has their fealty flag flying?
  In yesterday's post I broached the subject of funneling funds via construction contracts to create terror armies

"U.S. special envoy Brett McGurk is visiting the Raqqa area, accompanied by Saudi Arabian Minister for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan, whose government the Trump administration hopes will put up funds for the effort."

And that's how you funnel money to terrorists- Through construction contracts. Particularly with certain connected persons or construction firms. Think Osama bin Laden & Bin Laden construction
I've begun work on a post regarding the reconstruction of Raqqa and the ease with which money can be diverted to fund all manner of terrorism. This is how ISIS came to be in Iraq.
We'll revisit that soon enough.........."
Before we get to the possible funding of terror armies redux- I want to mention yet again that mouthpieces from the US are insisting that Syria is hindering the US in their "fight" against ISIS
Link
"The Syrian regime and its allies are hindering the liberation of Raqqah by U.S.-supported forces, the White House charged Wednesday.

"Instead of focusing on fighting ISIS, the pro-regime forces attacked our partners and attempted to block them from liberating the Syrian people from the brutality of ISIS," spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or Daesh."
When the PKK initially raised their giant Ocalan banner the US declined to comment on the unveiling of the huge banner of jailed terror leader Abdullah Ocalan
"The U.S. declined to directly comment Friday on the unveiling of a huge banner of jailed terror leader Abdullah Ocalan by the PKK/PYD in the Syrian city of Raqqah.
Questioned about “a victory enabled by the U.S. that is dedicated to a terrorist group”, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana W. White declined to comment directly.

“We work with the SDF,” she told a news conference. “And we work to help them focus on fighting ISIS [Daesh]. That is our sole responsibility. That's our sole commitment. And we'll continue to work by, with and through the SDF to ensure that we defeat ISIS.”
Apparently the US had someone mumble some gibberish later but that (above) was the initial reporting I had saved immediately after the Ocalan banner was put on display for all.

Reuters
"Raqqa will be part of a decentralized federal Syria now the city has been freed from Islamic State, the U.S.-backed militias that captured it said on Friday, tying its future to Kurdish-led plans to set up autonomous regions in the north.

The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the people of the majority Arab city and surrounding province would decide their own future “within the framework of a decentralized, federal democratic Syria”.
Correction: Used to be an Arab majority city. Until the US flattened the entire city displacing nearly 300,000 people- Arabs undoubtedly. Leaving the PKK in control- Previously covered in  number of previous posts.
"The SDF, which is dominated by the Kurdish YPG militia, says it intends to hand control of Raqqa to a civil council and police force set up under its auspices with support from the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State."
Which will be a Kurdish dominated civil council- Most probably PKK dominated. As has been the usual case. The Kurdish led police force will be the Asayish-  Already terrorizing Hasakah, Manbij and beyond


 Saudi Minister Visits Raqqa for talks with US on Reconstruction
Saudi Arabia’s Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer Al-Sabhan has visited the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, which was liberated from Daesh fighters earlier this week, to discuss plans for the reconstruction of the region, Reuters reported today.
Al-Sabhan was accompanied by US special envoy to the coalition against Daesh, Brett McGurk, and met the US-backed Syrian Defence Forces’ (SDF) newly formed Raqqa Civil Council.
According to Saudi media sources, Riyadh and Washington discussed the rebuilding of Raqqa
“They [Saudi Arabia] promised that they would contribute in construction in Raqqa in the future,” Sido said. “We consider it a first visit, a first step that could be the beginning of future relations.”
Al-Sabhan was accompanied by US special envoy to the coalition against Daesh, Brett McGurk, and met the US-backed Syrian Defence Forces’ (SDF) newly formed Raqqa Civil Council.

According to Saudi media sources, Riyadh and Washington discussed the rebuilding of Raqqa, after months of relentless fighting destroyed most of the city’s infrastructure, leaving it uninhabitable.
The PKK sure has an interesting bunch of friends in Israel and Saudi Arabia. The US of course.  Here's where we get to the history of funneling money to terrorists via construction contracts! This has go to be the most obvious way one funnels money to terrorists. Construction contracts.  The Sunni Muslim terror crowd from Saudi Arabia is perfectly placed for this task.  As already mentioned... Bin Laden construction. This is how ISIS & AQ were most assuredly funded in Iraq- Enabling the destruction we are witnessing today. Highly suspicious, overly generous and very ineffective  money spent on reconstruction contracts.. Some years back, I'd done a couple of reports on construction funds being used for everything except reconstruction in Iraq!
Flashback to 2014: ISIS- A US created "stay behind" using Iraqs plundered wealth.
An Iraqi hospital administrator told me that when he came to sign a contract, the American army officer representing the CPA had crossed out the original price and doubled it. The Iraqi protested that the original price was enough. The American officer explained that the increase (more than $1m) was his retirement package. When the Iraqi Governing Council asked Bremer why a contract to repair the Samarah cement factory was costing $60m rather than the agreed $20m, the American representative reportedly told them that they should be grateful the coalition had saved them from Saddam.
Millions of dollars in cash went missing from the Iraqi Central Bank. Between $11m and $26m worth of Iraqi property sequestered by the CPA was unaccounted for. The payroll was padded with hundreds of ghost employees. Millions of dollars were paid to contractors for phantom work. Some $3,379,505 was billed, for example, for "personnel not in the field performing work" and "other improper charges" on just one oil pipeline repair contract.
Flashback to 2014 Al Qaeda + "Awakening Councils" = ISIS
In the "Construction Business"

In late 2006, roughly speaking, months before George W. Bush's "surge" strategy sent 30,000 more American troops into Baghdad and surrounding areas, the U.S. began making down-payments on the cooperation of local al-Anbar tribal sheiks and started funding and arming the Sunni militias they were then organizing
The program was soon hailed as a success, and the groups were dubbed anything from The Awakening, to Sons of Iraq (al-Sahwa), or as the U.S. military preferred for a time, Concerned Local Citizens. Whatever the name, most of their members were former resistance fighters (AQ in Iraq) many were also former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party; and significant numbers were -- and, of course, remain -- both.
So, the ' Sunni Sons of Iraq", former Baathists & resistance fighters (AQ) were one and the same as the Awakening councils. It was the usual sleight of hand/rebrand
"As a result, these men obtained backing for their private militias, renamed Awakening groups, and in addition, signed "construction" contracts with the Americans who put millions of dollars in their pockets, even if not always into actual construction sites.
 
Construction contracts  funded Sunni Muslim militias , that would include Sunni Muslim Kurdish militias, that went on to form the basis of AQ in Iraq and ISIS
2007: How the US sent $12bn in cash to Iraq. And watched it vanish
“The memorandum concludes: "Many of the funds appear to have been lost to corruption and waste ... thousands of 'ghost employees' were receiving pay cheques from Iraqi ministries under the CPA's control. Some of the funds could have enriched both criminals and insurgents fighting the United States."

According to Stuart Bowen, the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, the $8.8bn funds to Iraqi ministries were disbursed "without assurance the monies were properly used or accounted for". But, according to the memorandum, "he now believes that the lack of accountability and transparency extended to the entire $20bn expended by the CPA".

That’s how terrorism and terror armies are created.  In my opinion that's what is set to go down in Raqqa! Oh there will be some rebuilding– but not enough to bring all the displaced Arabs home. It's doubtful that is the plan anyway.  
Most of the reconstruction money will be funneled to terror groups, in this case, most of it will go to the multitude of Kurdish terrorist groups, branches of the PKK, same as plenty of it did in Iraq!  Enabling the US to expand their terror reach further into Turkey and Iran

Hope I'm wrong! 

Hope that Syria can avoid this extremely destructive "rebuilding" scheme-
Iraq's rebuilding sure didn't have any positive outcome for Iraq, did it?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

After Raqqa, The US sees Russia, Assad Looming Over the Battlefield

The article from Washington Post is perception management extraordinaire!
WaPo in blue
"Rapid advances by Russian- and Iranian-backed government forces in eastern Syria are thwarting the U.S. military’s hopes of pressing deeper into Islamic State territory after winning the battle for Raqqa"
Since Syria has actually been fighting terrorists and terrorism I'm unsure how it can be construed that they would thwart the US fight against ISIS- That statement only makes sense if one understands the US has NOT been fighting ISIS- Rather they've been redrawing borders. And ethnically cleansing the populace of Syria
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WaPo article features that huge banner of cult/PKK leader Ocalan
"An expansion of territory held by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad is also likely to provide Assad with additional leverage in political negotiations over Syria’s future, talks the United Nations hopes to reconvene next month"
Of course the US doesn't want Syria's elected government to have leverage.
"In a statement this week, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said the “latest developments” in Syria pointed “to the urgent need to reinvigorate the political process.”
Related: Syria surprised over inability of UNSC to stop and condemn Israeli aggressions
"The recent government gains have cut off the approach of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces to remaining militant strongholds in the southeastern part of the country, including the crucial town of Bukamal near the Syria-Iraq border."

Oh dear, Syrian forces and friends have impeded the US from aiding the PKK in anymore land grabbing! This point of no return has been covered on several previous occasions.

Flashback: Razors Edge 2: US Faces Imminent Decision on Race for Syria's East

Flashback Syria: Walkin' the Razor's Edge? US Shells SAA/Casualties

"Aided by Russian airstrikes, in apparent violation of a deconfliction line along the Euphrates River that U.S. officials said had been tentatively agreed on with Moscow."

There was no deconfliction agreement with Moscow in that area, which is why WaPo calls it 'tentatively' 


(Syrian) "government forces have encircled and claimed control of another location that had been on the wish list of U.S. military planners — the town of Mayadeen"
 Flashback: Razors Edge 2: US Faces Imminent Decision on Race for Syria's East
 Reports from today state SAA and allies have (re)taken Mayadeen (there was a bit of back and forth there- finally resolved  on or about October 14/17)
TrendJordanTimes
If SAA and allies are able to hold Mayadeen what will be the American/Kurdish/Israeli response? SAA and allies have now blocked the SDF out of Mayadeen. Can that be left as is?
 Wapo continues
"The advance has also taken government forces, and supporting Russian strikes, east of the river and into Syria’s main oil-producing region of Deir al-Zour province, once a key source of Islamic State revenue"
“I’m not going to address whether or not an agreement or deconfliction line has been broken,” Army Col. Ryan S. Dillon, spokesman for counter-Islamic State military operations, said in a telephone interview from Baghdad. “That’s why we maintain an open dialogue” with Russia."
Dillon isn't going to address it because no such deconfliction line/agreement in that area exists! 

"After Raqqa, the intention was to proceed downriver through Mayadeen to Bukamal, where SDF fighters would link up with Iraqi government forces trying to regain control over the Islamic State-controlled town of Qaim, just across the border inside Iraq. A major goal was to block Iran from securing a land corridor, through Iraq, between Tehran and Damascus.
Dillon declined to say whether the U.S. military’s plans had changed.
“There are always plans,” Dillon said. “You don’t fight the plan, you fight the enemy . . . where they are.” The military, he said, was not concerned with “greater policy decisions” over who fought the militants or who controlled Syria, as long as it was not the Islamic State.
“We’re not in a race, we’re not in the land-grab business. We’re here to defeat ISIS,” he said, using an acronym for the Islamic State"
 Dillon is such a liar!! That is a bold faced lie!  Brazen! 

"On Thursday, female YPG (PKK) fighters marked the victory in Raqqa by raising a giant banner of the (PKK) Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan over the central square where the Islamic State carried out most of its grisly executions. Ocalan, who heads Turkey’s militant Kurdish movement, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, is serving a prison sentence in Turkey for terrorism.
The public declaration of fealty to Ocalan by the Syrian Kurds who led the Raqqa offensive points to one of the many challenges confronting the Trump administration as it seeks to forge a coherent policy for the post-Islamic State era. Although the Syrian Kurds have admitted many  (how many? Not many) Arabs into their ranks, they have retained overall control of the SDF (PKK)coalition’s command and ideology."
 How many years have I been correctly linking YPG and PKK together?? 
Is everyone ready to accept that they are in fact, as repeatedly stated, one and the same?
"Turkey, which shares a long border with the autonomous enclave the Kurds have established in northeastern Syria, is enraged at the U.S. military’s support for the SDF, which it considers an appendage of Ocalan’s terrorist movement.

Many Syrian Arabs are also deeply uncomfortable about the prospect of being governed by Kurds. Raqqa is an almost wholly Arab city, and the photographs of the Ocalan banner that circulated on social media triggered widespread condemnation by ­Arabs on Thursday."

All the fake supporters of Syria who cheered on the so called "Syrian Kurds"
PKK rebranded.  

"Remaining in Syria to protect its Kurdish allies (PKK Terrorists) risks embroiling the United States in possible future conflicts between Arabs and Kurds, and between Turkey and the Kurds.

The Kurds are also vulnerable to the Syrian government’s declared ambition to reclaim all of the territory ( It is Syria's territory- Why should it be expanded Israel?) it lost in the war that began as a political rebellion in 2011. Much of what happens in Raqqa will depend on the speed and success of reconstruction there. U.S. special envoy Brett McGurk is visiting the Raqqa area, accompanied by Saudi Arabian Minister for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan, whose government the Trump administration hopes will put up funds for the effort."

And that's how you funnel money to terrorists- Through construction contracts. Particularly with certain connected persons or construction firms. Think Osama bin Laden & Bin Laden construction
I've begun work on a post regarding the reconstruction of Raqqa and the ease with which money can be diverted to fund all manner of terrorism. This is how ISIS came to be in Iraq.
We'll revisit that soon enough.......... 

From earlier:

PKK/YPG Take Syria's Largest Oil Field in Deir Ez Zor with US Help

PKK/YPG Take Syria's Largest Oil Field in Deir Ez Zor with US Help

Yup, that terror crowd sure get's by with a lot of help from it's friends!
DW

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) aka PKK, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, on Sunday captured one of Syria's largest oil fields in the Deir el-Zour province.
Riding on the heels of victory against the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in Raqqa, the SDF is racing to seize parts of Syria's oil-rich Deir el-Zour province.
PKK in Raqqa

On Sunday, the Kurdish-led forces announced they took full control of the al-Omar oil field in eastern Syria after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came under attack from IS militants.

So ISIS left the oil fields to attack SAA enabling the PKK to take them? That's how I'm reading this news- KurdIShIS anyone?
 
The SDF added that pro-government forces were about three kilometers (1.86 miles) away from the oil field.

NYPost

The U.S.-led coalition said allied fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group on Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces. (Stealing Syrian resources)

The SDF, with air support from the U.S.-led coalition, said Sunday it captured the Al-Omar field in a “swift and wide military operation. (as usual)

It's been a source of constant amazement (not) how swiftly ISIS folds to PKK- Time and time again. Like a coordinated series of moves and counter moves.  Centrally coordinated, that is.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Russia's Roseneft To Take Majority Share in Kurdish Oil Pipeline

Keep it under your hat! 
How does this development affect the regional situation? 
If it does at all?
Might this be a factor in all the demonization of Barzani? In the push to get the Barzani clan out of power? So many questions...........

Oilprice.com:

While tensions between Iraq’s federal government and the Kurdistan region continue to escalate, Russia’s state-controlled oil giant Rosneft said on Thursday that it had agreed with the Kurdistan Regional Government to take majority control in the operation of the oil pipeline in the Kurdish region, in an apparent push by Russia and Rosneft to achieve greater political and economic influence in the Middle East.
Rosneft’s share in the project may be as high as 60 percent, while the other project participant with a 40-percent stake will be KAR Group—the current pipeline operator, the Russian company said.
“The entry into the infrastructure project will contribute to achievement of Rosneft’s strategic objectives and will enable Rosneft to enhance the efficiency of oil transportation to the end customers including supplies to the Company’s refineries in Germany,” said Rosneft’s CEO Igor Sechin, who is a close ally of Vladimir Putin.
According to sources familiar with the deal who spoke to Reuters, Rosneft’s investment in the project would be around US$1.8 billion.
The Rosneft deal comes just days after Iraqi government forces seized control of all oil fields that Iraqi state-held North Oil Company operates in the oil-rich Kirkuk region from Kurdish forces.
Last week, Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabbar Al-Luiebi ordered state-held oil and pipeline companies to begin restoring oil flows from Kirkuk to Ceyhan via a pipeline that bypasses Kurdistan, increasing pressure on the breakaway region that voted for independence last month in a referendum strongly opposed and deemed illegal and invalid by the federal government.
On Thursday, Iraq’s Oil Ministry issued a statement saying that it “warns seriously all the countries and oil companies from contracting or dealing with any authority inside Iraq without taking the approval from the federal government and the ministry of oil.”
Oil Minister Al-Luiebi said that “the irresponsible statements from some of the officials inside & outside Iraq or the foreign companies about their intention to sign oil contracts with any authority inside the geographic borders of Iraq without telling the federal government or the ministry of oil, is considered as a Blatant interference in the internal affairs and a derogation from national sovereignty, and an outright violation of international norms.”

Although the statement doesn’t specifically name any foreign company, it came on the day after Rosneft signed another deal with Kurdistan--Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) for five production blocks, for a total investment of up to US$400 million. 
This week’s deals between Rosneft and Kurdistan are not the first agreements between the Russian oil giant and the region that overwhelmingly voted for independence from Iraq at the end of September. Even before the referendum, Rosneft had already become the biggest source of oil funds for Kurdistan.
Thoughts? 

Don't Miss:


Netanyahu Lobbies World Powers to Prevent Iraq's "Transgression" Against Kurds

  Basnews
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to prevent further setbacks to Kurds by the Iraqi military forces, according to Israeli officials

Israeli officials said that Netanyahu has discussed the Iraqi Kurds’ plight in phone calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, Reuters reported on Friday.
The Israeli prime minister has discussed the Kurdish issue with France and the Israeli national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat. He has been discussing the matter with Trump administration officials as well, the source said.
An Israeli official, who declined to be named, told Reuters that Israel had security interests in Kurdistan.
“This (territory) is a foothold. It’s a strategic place,” the official said.
 This (territory) is a foothold. It’s a strategic place,” the  Israeli official said. 


"He said that Israel wanted the Kurds to be provided with the means to protect themselves, noting that “It would be best if someone gave them weaponry, and whatever else, which we cannot give, obviously.”
The Israeli official said : It would be best if someone gave them weaponry, and whatever else, which we cannot give, obviously.”

Of course that Israeli official is lying. Israel has been involved, including giving weapons and training, with the PKK Kurds,  KDP Kurds and others for decades now.
“The issue at present is ... to prevent an attack on the Kurds, extermination of the Kurds and any harm to them, their autonomy and region, something that Turkey and Iran and internal Shi‘ite factions and other powers in Iraq and part of the Iraqi government want,” Netanyahu’s intelligence minister, Israel Katz, told Tel Aviv radio station 102 FM on Friday."

Israel Katz? Any relation to Rita Katz of SITE Intelligence? There is that whole victimhood narrative being pushed, yet again. This was going to present an obvious problem for Abadi.

As mentioned:
"However, Abadi’s long-term success will depend on his ability to prevent another victimhood narrative that will feed Kurdish grievances."
Basnews in closing
"Another Israeli official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, framed Netanyahu’s efforts as a moral imperative. 
“They (Kurds) are a deeply pro-Western people who deserve support, he said."
Pro-western people who deserve support? Where and how to even begin an interpretation of this statement?


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Enormous Flag of Ocalan Raised In Raqqa- Greater Kurdistan Dead?

Giant Ocalan flag flying in the centre of Raqqa. Some on twitter suggest it's a dedication to the USA.  As a supporter of terrorists and terrorism it's a fitting dedication. Very fitting. 

A still shows a flag bearing Abdullah Ocalan's face in the centre of Raqqa
The Kurds also employed a huge appeal to the feminists (identity politics) that litter the west with their toxicity- Story for another day....
I'd describe this as a huge flipping of the bird to the dead. The displaced. The ethnically cleansed. To the nation state of Syria. Only full awareness that the USrael has their back could explain this brazen display.
Middle East Eye

Syrian social media users have reacted with alarm after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) unveiled a large picture of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan in the centre of Raqqa following the city's liberation from Islamic State.

Ocalan, who was born in the Turkish province of Sanliurfa, was a co-founder of the PKK in 1978 and led a guerrilla war against the Turkish state that resulted in more than 40,000 deaths.

Although the YPG has claimed it is independent from the PKK, the group acknowledges Ocalan as its ideological figurehead and PKK commanders are thought to control key institutions in northern Syria.
Syrian opposition activists criticised the move on Twitter with some saying that one "terrorist" group, the Islamic State, had simply been traded in for another:
#Raqqa city:: AlBagdadi photo has been replaced with Abdullah Ocalan the leader of #PKK which consider internationally a terrorist group pic.twitter.com/ueWIr8NnaG
 IS captured mostly Sunni Arab Raqqa in 2014, and under its rule the city became infamous for gruesome abuses and as a planning centre for attacks abroad.
WSJ is also reporting this display with a nice twist "Symbol of Kurdish Nationalism Rises in Raqqa"
No mention of displaced, dead, ethnically cleansed Syrian Arab/Christans resident in Raqqa that I can see- Or the fact that this is still Syrian territory? You know, government in Damascus?
 Just "kurdish nationalism"
"Two days after leading the battle to oust Islamic State from Raqqa, U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters on Thursday made clear they have replaced the extremist group as the Syrian city’s new authority.
 Members of the Kurdish led Syrian Democratic Forces held a news conference in the symbolic public square, where they raised a giant banner of Abdullah Ocalan."

Those Arabs have now been displaced. 

Related. Most definitely related

Pt.1: Reports of Kurdistan's Death are Greatly Exaggerated: Intra Kurdish Conflict 

Pt.2: Reports of Kurdistan's Death are Greatly Exaggerated: All Eggs Not Exclusive to Barzani