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SIGACTS: The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol, has been exploring the nexus between Syrian rebel groups and U.S.-based anti-fascist groups, specifically ANTIFA. See source for individuals who are tied to ANTIFA and have traveled to and from Syria to fight alongside the YEKINEYEN PARASTINA GEL (YPG) or People’s Protection Units. The CBP concern an interest stems from the types of training, skills, and motivations these U.S. persons developed during their time in Syria.
SITREP: YPG is a Marxist/Communist Kurdish based militia which makes up part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). YPG was one of the main allies of the United States in the fight against the Islamic State. YPG units received training, supplies, armaments, and funding from the United States and are a very capable fighting force. The suspected alliance or, at least, knowledge transfer between YPG and ANTIFA is troubling due to the nature of the training YPG received from U.S. Special Forces. It is assessed some of these individuals returned to Syria to fight with the YPG out of a sense of loyalty developed during their military service. The nexus between YPG and ANTIFA appears to have been initially limited to a handful of individuals who desired to continue to contribute to the anti-ISIS fight or were enamored with the leftist ideology espoused by the YPG. The YPG’s socialist utopian ideals will likely continue to be a draw for U.S.-based violent leftist extremists.
RECOMM: Monitor ANTIFA communication channels for indications that the individuals listed in this report may be present during certain activities or riots, as their experience and motivations will likely escalate any violence.
Source: CBP report (U//FOUO) The Syrian Conflict and its Nexus to U.S.-based Antifascist Movements
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