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Aleppo: People's Protection Committees cooperate with the Supreme Kurdish Committee, despite declaration to the contrary

KURDWATCH, October 5, 2012—On September 21, units of the People's Protection Committees in Aleppo raised the flag of the Supreme Kurdish Committee, composed of representatives from the People's Council of West Kurdistan and the Kurdish National Council, at all checkpoints in the Shaykh Maqsud district in Aleppo. On September 26, joint security committees with representatives of both councils were formed in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab. Only a few hours later, they raised the flag of the Supreme Kurdish Committee at all of the city's checkpoints as well as at a police station. This development contradicts the decision made on September 19, 2012 by the leadership of the Democratic Union Party's  (PYD) People's Protection Committees to suspend cooperation with the Supreme Kurdish Committee [further information]. One possible explanation for this development are the differences within the PYD/PKK. Another critical factor in Aleppo could be the fact that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) threatened the PYD with an attack on Shaykh Maqsud if the PYD continued to cooperate with the Syrian regime. The PYD may want to counter this impression by cooperating with the Kurdish National Council or to involve the Kurdish National Council in events in case of an attack by the FSA.

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