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Al-Malikiyah: Regime cedes service offices and rural areas to the PYD—intelligence service headquarters reclaimed

KURDWATCH, August 5, 2012—On July 21, 2012, armed members of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) took over numerous check points and police stations in the rural areas of the district of al‑Malikiyah, including ʿAyn Diwar. The only border crossing between Syria and Iraqi-Kurdistan, near Faysh Khabur, was also taken over by the PYD after security forces withdrew. Since then, the PYD has had control of the entire Syrian-Turkish border to the north and east of al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik) and the Syrian-Iraqi border to the south of the city. On July 21, members of the PYD also occupied several offices in the city of al‑Malikiyah, including city hall, the headquarters of the State Security Service and the Military Intelligence Service, the court, the Bank for Agriculture, several police stations, and the building that houses the state telecommunications company and the post office. A few hours after the occupation, Syrian security forces and members of the PYD exchanged fire at the Military Intelligence Service headquarters. During the exchange Bewar Mako, a PYD member from Iran, was killed. Security forces reclaimed all intelligence service headquarters. Currently, all service offices, schools, and state hospitals are under PYD control, while members of the regime continue to have control of all intelligence service headquarters. A Syrian army unit remains stationed at a barracks three kilometers southwest of al‑Malikiyah. Members of the Kurdish National Council and the People's Council of West Kurdistan have formed a joint committee to administer al‑Malikiyah. The Kurdish National Council demanded to be included in the monitoring of all checkpoints and buildings. The PYD was only prepared to jointly administer those buildings located within the city.

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