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Al-Hasakah: PYD captures more territory in the direction of Deir ez-Zawr

KurdWatch, April 11, 2016—On April1, 2016, fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria, dominated by the People’s Defense Units (YPG) of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), captured an oil field west of Markada, which is located around ninety kilometers south of al‑Hasakah, and expelled Islamic State (IS) fighters. With this victory, al‑Hasakah, the third largest Syrian province, is now completely controlled by the PYD and the Syrian regime. Furthermore, the YPG is now only seven kilometers from Deir ez‑Zawr, which is the second largest city controlled by the IS after ar‑Raqqah. However, the airport and an adjoining city neighborhood are held by regime troops.

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