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Al-Qamishli: PYD forms new militia

KURDWATCH, September 6, 2015—Since April 2015, media outlets close to the Democratic Union Party (PYD) have been reporting on the formation of a new militia called the Core Defense Units (Yekîneyên Parastina Cewherî, YPC). On April 24, the Hawar news agency reported on the training of one thousand five hundred YPC recruits for fourteen battalions in al‑Qamishli. On June 30, Xeber24 reported on YPC special units in al‑Hasakah. And on September 2, Hawar mentioned the formation of a YPC women’s unit in the district of Shaykh Maqsud in Aleppo. The nature of the relationship between the YPG and the People’s Defense Units (YPG) is unclear. It is also unclear whether the PYD carries out forced recruiting for the YPC.


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