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Raʾs al-ʿAyn: PYD establishes an »International Freedom Battalion«

KURDWATCH, June 16, 2015—On June 12, 2015, an »International Freedom Battalion« was set up in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn. The »freedom battalion« is a military unit that is intended to support the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG). As the PYD‑affiliated news agency ANHA reported the same day, the battalion is comprised of members of various communist parties as well as Circassian, Greek, Turkish, German, and Armenian fighters. It remains unclear what sort of organizational ties it has to the YPG. In the photographs published, the fighters do not have any YPG‑symbols on their uniforms.

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