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Tall Abyad: Islamic units step up their presence

KURDWATCH, July 28, 2013—On July 17 and 18.  2013, numerous Kurds were kidnapped by fighters for Islamic units at checkpoints in Tall Abyad (Girê Sipî). Among those kidnapped were ʿAli Khalaf, Muhammad Salih Chawish, Salih Khalaf, and Muhammad Mirza. Islamic units have stepped up their presence in Tall Abyad and erected several new checkpoints. Activists have told KurdWatch that they presume that these and other attacks on Kurds by Islamic fighters are a reaction to the fighting between the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the Jabhat an‑Nusrah in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) [further information].

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