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Tall Birak: YPG‑fighters killed in skirmishes with IS

KURDWATCH, March 16, 2015—On March 5 and 6 2015, armed conflicts broke out between the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) and Arab militias loyal to the regime on one side and fighters of the Islamic State (IS) on the other. The fighting occurred south of the village of Tall Birak, which is located thirty kilometers northeast of al‑Hasakah. At least eleven YPG‑fighters were killed. Tall Birak and the surrounding Arab villages have been under YPG control since February 26, 2015.

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