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Ar-Raqqah: IS expels Kurds

KURDWATCH, June 30, 2015—KurdWatch has received two announcements by the Islamic State (IS). The first is dated June 19, 2015. It calls upon IS fighters to expel the Kurds, who are described as apostates, from the northern part of ar‑Raqqah province, as there are collaborators among them. The second, undated statement, which was released at about the same time, describes the Kurdish residents as brothers, but nevertheless gives them a period of 72 hours to leave the region and head toward Palmyra. However, instead, there seems to be a movement of refugees toward ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). Kurdish residents are also requested to register their properties with the appropriate Islamic State office so that they will not be mistaken for property of the IS. Presumably the goal is actually the opposite—to gain an overview of the properties belonging to fleeing Kurds in order to be able to confiscate them.

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