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ʿAfrin: Syrian Army pulls back to Qibari

KURDWATCH, November 3, 2012—Since August 2012, Syrian forces that were previously stationed in ʿAfrin have been pulled back to the town of Qibari, about seven kilometers from ʿAfrin. Of the original 1200 soldiers, as many as 900 are said to have deserted, though the number of soldiers supposedly was increased again to around 700. The Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Defense Units have established a checkpoint on the access road to Qibari. Syrian security forces remain stationed in other cities in the Kurdish region, such as al‑Qamishli. Although the number of soldiers there is said to have greatly increased since the beginning of the unrest, most are currently inactive.

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