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Aleppo: Free Syrian Army kidnaps YPG‑commander

KURDWATCH, November 10, 2012—On November 1, 2012, the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Defense Units (YPG) announced that a Free Syrian Army (FSA) unit had kidnapped Shaha ʿAli ʿAbdo alias Nujin Derik from a joint meeting in Aleppo and killed the YPG commander from Aleppo that same day. Derik was supposed to hand over the bodies of FSA‑members who had been killed in conflicts in al‑Ashrafiyah [further information]. On November 3, 2012, YPG gave another statement that according to sources affiliated with the FSA, Derik had not been killed, but taken prisoner. By this point, her supposed murder was already being used for propaganda purposes: the PYD had organized numerous demonstrations to remember the commander and a youth group affiliated with the PYD had stated that about thousand of its members had joined the YPG following Derik's death.

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