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Al-Malikiyah: YPG seeks rapprochement with Free Syrian Army

KURDWATCH, January 15, 2013—From January 1 to January 5, 2013, 336 members of the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Defense Units (YPG), as well as its affiliated organizations took part in the first plenary meeting of the YPG's Military Committees in al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik). The closing statement describes the plenary meeting as a »fundamental step toward the creation of a national army for West Kurdistan«. Those assembled resolved to establish a Military General Committee and three military command centers in ʿAfrin, ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), and the Jazirah, and to establish further local military committees. They emphasized »the unity of the struggle of the Syrian people« and the significance of building good relationships between the YPG and the armed forces of the Syrian opposition. Those who died in the Syrian revolution were described as martyrs and in particular the children who have been killed were described as icons of the Arab-Kurdish brotherhood. Next to its own flag, the YPG raised the Syrian independence flag, symbol of the Free Syrian Army. In recent months, members of the YPG and PYD have repeatedly kidnapped or attacked activists for displaying the independence flag at demonstrations or hanging it in party offices. The reason given for this was that the flag was the symbol of the enemies of the Kurds.

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