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Syria: YPG deploys primarily Kurds from Turkey as fighters

KurdWatch, January 7, 2016—On its official website the People’s Defense Units (YPG) of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) stated that between November 2, 2015 and January 3, 2016 a total of seventy‑six of its fighters had been killed during armed conflicts in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), ʿAfrin, Tall Abyad and al‑Hassakah. The birthplace of fourty‑three of the dead was in Turkey, the birthplace of thirty‑two in Syria, and one person had been born in Iraq. Thus, fifty‑six per cent of the dead originated from Turkey.

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