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Raʾs al-ʿAyn: YPG expels Islamic units from the city

KURDWATCH, July 23, 2013—On July 16, 2013, heavy fighting again took place in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) between groups of the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the Islamist Jabhat an‑Nusrah. The YPG has controlled the entire city since July 17. They have also taken over the border crossing to Turkey. Since the signing of a joint agreement in February 2013 [further information], the city had been divided into two regions; one part was controlled by the YPG, the other by the Jabhat an‑Nusrah. In an interview with KurdWatch on March 30, 2013 [read more], Salih Muslim Muhammad, the chairman of the PYD, denied the presence of Jabhat an‑Nusrah fighters in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn. At least three YPG‑fighters were killed in the skirmishes.


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