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As-Suwaydiyah: IS shells oil transporters and kidnaps eyewitness

KURDWATCH, February 28, 2015—On February 18, 2015, fighters for the Islamic State (IS) opened fire on two oil transporters near the village of as‑Suwaydiyah, thirty kilometers south of al‑Malikiyah. They also kidnapped Sabah ʿUmar Hamdan (b. 1982), who happened to be present. As‑Suwaydiyah is controlled by the Democratic Union Party (PYD). By attacking oil transporters, the IS is attempting to influence the PYD’s sources of income.

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