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Faysh Khabur: Conflict between PYD and KRG escalates

KURDWATCH, May 26, 2013—After the closing of the Faysh Khabur border crossing (east of al‑Malikiyah [Dêrik]) by the Kurdish regional government in Iraq (KRG) on May 20, 2013, the situation between the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the KRG further intensified. The closing of the border crossing was a response to the kidnapping of several dozen members of ʿAbdulhakim Bashar’s Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el‑Partî) [further information], as on the Syrian side, proceeds from the border crossing almost exclusively benefited the PYD [further information]. The PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG) subsequently organized a military parade on May 20 from al‑Qamishli to al‑Malikiyah which also showcased heavy weaponry. In addition, the YPG strengthened its military presence on the Syrian side of the border. On the same day, referencing an anonymous source, the KRG website indirectly accused the PYD of marginalizing the other Kurdish parties in Syria and of being responsible for murders and kidnappings. Moreover the KRG announced a possible policy change should the essential points of the Erbil agreement [further information] not be implemented. Seventy-four of seventy-six kidnapped members of el-Partî have been free since May 22.

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