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Tall Abyad: Asayiş releases forty-four Arabs

KurdWatch, October 10, 2015—On October 5, 2015, the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), released forty‑four Arabs in Tall Abyad. According to the PYD‑affiliated Hawar news agency, interrogations provided no indications that they had been involved in crimes against »society and citizens«. Among those released were also people from Dayr az‑Zawr and ar‑Raqqah. The release occurred as part of talks between the PYD‑controlled Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV‑DEM) and a sort of council of elders comprised of Arab tribal leaders. The goal of the talks is to agree upon shared administration of the city. The fact that Kurds do not form the majority of citizens in Tall Abyad makes it difficult for the PYD to rule the city alone.

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