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Al-Hasakah: New military alliance formed

KurdWatch, October 26, 2015—On October 10, 2015, the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) and Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) joined together with a Christian militia and a coalition of Arab units to form a new alliance called the »Syrian Democratic Forces« in order to cooperate in the fight against the Islamic State (IS). In mid- October, the US supported the alliance with weapons [further information].

The Arab units, which operate as the »Syrian Arab Coalition«, are primarily militias that have previously cooperated with the YPG. They include, for example, the Sanadid Forces, a Shammar tribal militia, as well as units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) that fought alongside the YPG as part of the Burkan al-Furat (»Volcano of the Euphrates«) coalition [further information].

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