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Al-Qamishli: IS releases Rûdaw employee Masʿud ʿAqil

KURDWATCH, September 24, 2015—On September 21, 2015, a prisoner exchange took place between the Islamic State (IS) and the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG). Among those released by the IS was Masʿud ʿAqil, an employee for the Iraqi‑Kurdish television station Rûdaw. Farhad Hame, who was kidnapped with ʿAqil on December 16, 2014 [further information], remained imprisoned. According to information obtained by KurdWatch, seven Arab prisoners were also released. The PYD has not formally commented on the exchange, and information on the IS fighters released by the YPG is not yet available. 

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