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Ar-Raqqah: Islamists occupy Yekîtî and Azadî party offices

KURDWATCH, November 10, 2013—On October 31, 2013, fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant occupied the offices of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî) and Mustafa Jumʿa’s Kurdish Freedom Party in Syria (Azadî) in ar‑Raqqah. Ar‑Raqqah is a predominantly Arab city eighty kilometers south of ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) with a large Kurdish minority. A Yekîtî member told KurdWatch: »The attackers accused us of providing refuge for members of the PKK in our offices. An absurd pretense to occupy our offices.«

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