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Al-Qamishli: Regime militia joins PYD

KURDWATCH, December 30, 2013—On December 23, 2013, a unit of the National Defense Army, a regime militia, joined the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG). The unit, which is from Tall Hamis (forty kilometers south of al‑Qamishli), has a total of one hundred and twenty fighters. Islamist units currently control the Arab-inhabited city. It is presumed that the Syrian regime and the YPG are planning a joint offensive to capture Tall Hamis.

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