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Al-Jawadiyah: YPG takes control of the city without a fight

KURDWATCH, March 4, 2013—In the early morning of February 21, 2013, all Syrian security forces and army personnel left the city of al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa). A few hours later, the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) took control of all public buildings, including city hall, the post office, the cultural center, the registry office, and the office of the Baʿth party. At no point were there any clashes in connection with the withdrawal of state forces. Following the takeover of al‑Jawadiyah, several members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were also in the city. It is unknown whether the FSA and the YPG cooperated.

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