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ʿAmudah/ad-Darbasiyah: Syrian regime cedes additional cities to the PYD

KURDWATCH, December 1, 2012—After armed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups marched into the majority Kurdish city of Raʾs al‑ʿAin (Serê Kaniyê) on November 8, 2012 [further information], the Syrian regime ceded control of several predominantly Kurdish cities to the Democratic Union Party (PYD). On November 9, and 10, 2012, Syrian security forces in ad‑Darbasiyah withdrew from the buildings belonging to the Political Security Directorate, the Military Intelligence Service, the State Security Service, and the police; they also gave the PYD control of the border crossing to Turkey. In Tall Tamr, security forces abandoned the buildings belonging to the police, the State Security Service, and the Military Intelligence Service. In ʿAmudah, the buildings belonging to the Political Security Directorate, the Military Intelligence Service, and the Recruitment Office were ceded to the PYD. On November 12, 2012 in al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), the government withdrew from the buildings belonging to the Political Security Directorate, the Military Intelligence Service, the State Security Service, the police, and the Baʿth party, and ceded a checkpoint on one of the main access roads to the PYD. The government had already withdrawn from several institutions in the latter two cities in the summer of 2012 [further information].

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