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ʿAyn al‑ʿArab: Fighting between YPG and IS

KURDWATCH, July 17, 2015—On July 11 and 12  2015, armed fighting broke out between Islamic State (IS) fighters and fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) in the village of Sarrin, thirty-five kilometers south of ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). In addition, numerous clashes occurred along the Euphrates between Sarrin and Jarabulus, which is located on the west bank of the Euphrates and is under IS control. Observers suspect that the YPG is planning an attack on Jarabulus. According to Turkish media, the Turkish government has considered occupying a region between ten and twenty kilometers wide and one hundred ten kilometers long located between ʿAfrin and Jarabulus. This is intended to prevent the YPG from capturing this region and connecting the canton of ʿAfrin to the cantons of Kobanî and Jazirah, which have already been joined geographically [further information].

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