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Tall Abyad: PYD wants to connect the cantons of Kobanî and Jazirah geographically

KURDWATCH, May 31, 2015—On May 28, 2015, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) and units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) started an offensive twenty kilometers west of the city of Tall Abyad, which is controlled by the Islamic State (IS). The offensive is taking place as part of the Burkan al‑Furat (»Volcano of the Euphrates«) alliance. Moreover, YPG units regularly announce military successes east of Tall Abyad. PYD-affiliated activists have reported that there is a plan to conquer Tall Abyad, which would establish a connection between the cantons of Kobanî and Jazirah.

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