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ʿAyn al‑ʿArab: Fighting between YPG and FSA

KURDWATCH, August 30, 2013 – On August 7, 2013, heavy clashes occurred about fifteen kilometers west of ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) between fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the Kurdish Front Brigade on the one side and Free Syrian Army (FSA) units, the Jabhat an‑Nusrah, and the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant on the other. On August 10, seven FSA‑units concluded a peace agreement with the representatives of the Supreme Kurdish Committee. The units in question were the at‑Twhid-Brigade, the al‑Islam-Brigade, the Suqur-ash‑Sham-Brigade, the Jund-al‑Haramayn-Brigade, the Ashabu-al‑Yamin-Brigade, the Ahrar-ash‑Shuyukh-Battalion, and the Ahrar-ash‑Sham-al‑Islamiyah-Movement. The Jabhat an‑Nusrah and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were not part of the agreement. On August 15, 2013, fighting once again took place between these two groups and the YPG.


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