These articles contextualize and explain the situation in Afrin and the broader conflict of which it is a part.

Urgent statement by academics and activists, “Do Not Let Afrin Become Another Kobane,” The Region, January 19, 2018.

Meredith Tax, “Showdown in Afrin,” The Nation, January 26, 2018.

Rosa Burc and Karem Schamberger, “Defending Afrin,” Jacobin, February, 2018.

Rahila Gupta, “The world’s most progressive democracy is being born. Don’t let it get strangled,” CNN, February 12, 2018.

David Graeber, “Why are world leaders backing this brutal attack against Kurdish Afrin?” The Guardian, February 23, 2018.

Robert Hockett and Anna-Sara Malmgren, “Feminism across borders: Don’t let Afrin become the next Srebrenica,” Jerusalem Post, March 14, 2018.

Owen Jones, “Kurdish Afrin is democratic and LGBT-friendly,” The Guardian, March 16, 2018.

Patrick Huff, Amber Huff and Salima Tasdemir, “‘Now is the time of monsters’: The future at a crossroads in Rojava,” Red Pepper, April 11, 2018.