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Raʾs al-ʿAyn: Jabhat an-Nusrah tortures captives

KURDWATCH, January 27, 2013—On January 17, 2013, several minibuses from ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) were stopped by armed members of the Islamic organization Jabhat an-Nusrah near Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê); forty-five Kurdish passengers were kidnapped. On January 20, eight of the captives were released. On January 22, the remaining thirty-seven were released following an intervention by the FSA‑Brigade Ahrar-al‑Kurd from ʿAyn al‑ʿArab. Three people came away with bullet wounds. In an interview, several of those released stated that they had been tortured.


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