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Aleppo: Kurdish Front Brigade withdraws from Kurdish villages

KURDWATCH, August 25, 2013 - On August 15, the Kurdish Front Brigade, an armed unit of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), released a statement that it was withdrawing its fighters from the districts of al‑Bab and Azaz, in other words from the region between ʿAfrin and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). This step was justified as for the »safety of civilians«. There are various Kurdish villages in the aforementioned predominantly Arab regions. Units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), including Islamist groups that were involved in fighting with the PYD and its armed militia, have controlled the regions for almost two years.

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