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Tall Abyad: YPG establishes corridor between the cantons of Kobanî and Jazirah

KURDWATCH, June 18, 2015—On June 14, 2015, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) surrounded the town of Suluk, twenty kilometers southeast of Tall Abyad (Girê Sipî) and captured the surrounding villages. They then marched west, reaching the YPG units in control of the territories east of ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). In doing so, they formed a corridor between the »Canton of Jazirah« and the »Canton of Kobanî« that is under YPG control for the first time [further information]. With support from several units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the YPG then attacked the city of Tall Abyad, which is under the control of the Islamic State (IS). IS fighters from Turkey have regularly reached the IS‑stronghold of ar‑Raqqah via Tall Abyad. That same day, the YPG was able to capture the eastern districts of the city and the nearby border crossing. Thousands of refugees gathered at the Syrian-Turkish border in order to reach the neighboring country. The residents of the city of Tall Abyad are predominantly Arab, however there is a large Kurdish minority.

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