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ʿAyn al-ʿArab: YPG imposes agreement upon Ahrar al‑Kurd

KURDWATCH, March 9, 2013—On February 16, 2013, members of the Leadership Committee of the Kurdish Ahrar-al‑Kurd-Brigade from ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) and the Military Committee of the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) signed an agreement that provides for close cooperation between both groups. The agreement came about during the YPG’s abduction of the press spokesman for Ahrar al‑Kurd [further information on the case]. An activist close to Ahrar al‑Kurd told KurdWatch: »The leadership of Ahrar al‑Kurd was practically forced to sign the agreement. The fear that Kaban would otherwise be murdered was too great.« Ibrahim Mustafa alias Kaban himself told KurdWatch: »The content of the agreement is in itself good. But the circumstances under which the agreement came about were anything but pleasant.«
The following points were resolved in the agreement:
1. Ahrar al‑Kurd will abide by the decisions of the Supreme Kurdish Committee and act according to these
2. The forces of Ahrar al‑Kurd and the People’s Defense Units will be united.
3. Ahrar al‑Kurd will be represented in the leadership of the Military Committee of the People’s Defense Units and will act according to the decisions of the Supreme Kurdish Committee’s military leadership in the future.
4. All members of Ahrar al‑Kurd will take part in separate drills to gain military experience. Since the conclusion of the agreement, the Ahrar-al‑Kurd Brigade has frozen its relations to the Free Syrian Army, to which it had belonged until then.

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