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Raʾs al-ʿAyn: YPG expels Islamist units

KURDWATCH, November 18, 2013—On October 28, 2013, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) started an offensive against fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the Jabhat an‑Nusrah south and west of Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê). The fighting was concentrated in the villages of Tall Halaf and Asfar Najjar and in the surrounding villages. On November 2, YPG‑fighters were able to expel their opponents from the villages of al-Qasir, Tall Diyab, Bir Nuh, and al‑Asadiyah (approximately ten kilometers southeast of Raʾs al‑ʿAyn). On November 5, they also captured Tall Halaf. Accordingly, there are currently no more Islamist units in the immediate vicinity of Raʾs al‑ʿAyn. The main access roads into the city are controlled by the YPG.

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