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Al-Malikiyah: PYD closes border crossing to Iraqi-Kurdistan

KURDWATCH, November 7, 2013—On October 26, 2013, members of the People’s Council of Western Kurdistan called upon border officials—including those appointed by the Kurdish National Council—in Faysh Khabur, east of al‑Malikiya (Dêrik), to leave their posts. The Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) took control and closed the border crossing, which henceforth will be run solely as a border post. A few hours prior, the YPG, with the support of Syrian and Iraqi units, captured another border crossing to Iraq from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) [further information].


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