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Al Maʿbada: Fighting between YPG and Syrian military

KURDWATCH, January 24, 2013 Since January 9, 2013, members of the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Defense Units (YPG) have surrounded an oil field near Tall ʿAdas (Gir Zîro) [ten kilometers east of al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê)]. The area is being guarded by the Syrian military. On January 14, 17, and 19, fighting occurred between the two sides. Several soldiers were injured in the process, and others were taken captive by the YPG. After a meeting between representatives of the People's Council of West Kurdistan, the Kurdish National Council, and Arab tribal leaders, the captives were released. An activist told KurdWatch, »We presume that by expelling government soldiers, the YPG wants to prevent the Free Syrian Army from having a pretense to attack or take over the oil field«.

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