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ʿAyn al‐ʿArab: IS expelled from additional territories

KURDWATCH, February 18, 2015—Between January 27 and February 10, 2015, fighters for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG), in cooperation with Peshmerga forces, expelled Islamic State (IS) fighters from all of the territories in the vicinity of ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) that were under PYD control prior to their capture by the IS. In addition, several Arab villages south of the city were also conquered. Numerous residents fled for fear of retaliation. On February 10, Kurdish fighters had advanced up to forty five kilometers eastward and were therefore within twenty kilometers of Tall Abyad (Girê Sipî).

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