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ʿAfrin: YPG takes Arab villages from the Syrian opposition

KurdWatch, February 16, 2016—On February 10, 2016, fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is dominated by the People’s Defense Units (YPG) of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), initiated an attack on the areas controlled by the Syrian opposition east of ʿAfrin. More than ten villages between Aʿzaz and ʿAfrin were quickly captured. The strategically important military airport Minnigh, located fifteen kilometers east of ʿAfrin was also captured. Since the beginning of the Syrian Army’s offensive north of Aleppo, supported by Russian air raids, the Syrian opposition has been in retreat from this area.

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