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Qamishli: YPG captures IS‑strongholds in al‑Hasakah

KURDWATCH, March 4, 2015—On February 26, 2015, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) captured the city of Tall Hamis, an Islamic State (IS) stronghold located seventy kilometers south of al‑Qamishli. On February 28, Tall Birak, located thirty kilometers northeast of al‑Hasakah, was taken. The IS has thus lost all access to the Kurdish regions between al‑Qamishli and al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik). After capturing Arab villages around Tall Hamis, the YPG burned down several houses there. According to Arab activists, the YPG was taking revenge for the YPG‑fighters killed at this location in January 2014 [further information].

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