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Tall Abyad: Arab activists criticize PYD-appointed council of elders

KurdWatch, October 21, 2015—After taking over Tall Abyad, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) appointed a council of elders to help it administer the city and the surrounding areas. Arab activists accuse its members of being »PYD puppets«. Many members are also criticized for having close ties to the regime. »The Arab members of the council are not representing their tribes,« activist Ahmad Hajj Salih told KurdWatch. Another activist, Subhi Sukkar, said that the council of elders is not recognized »by the Arab side« and also has no decision-making authority. According to Sukkar, »The YPG [the PYD’s People’s Defense Units] and PYD have sole military and political control.«

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