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Aleppo: Islamist units attack Shaykh Maqsud

KURDWATCH, September 30, 2015—On September 21, 2015, fighters for the Jabhat an‑Nusrah, the Harakat Ahrar ash‑Sham al‑Islamiyah, and the Harakat Nuruddin az‑Zanki blocked all access roads to the predominantly Kurdish district of Shaykh Maqsud in Aleppo. Between September 24 and 26, positions held by the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) were attacked. Between September 26 and 28, several missiles hit residential buildings in the district. Two children were killed and more than ten civilians were injured. The attackers are part of the Labbayki Ukhtah operations center, an alliance of Islamist groups that reached an agreement with the PYD to divide control of the district in May 2015 [download document]. Evidently that agreement has failed. According to the PYD‑affiliated Hawar news agency, Islamic units have attacked with the goal of bringing a road between Aleppo and ʿAfrin that runs through Shaykh Maqsud under its control.

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