Sunday, May 26, 2013

Syrian Kurds kill 11 insurgents in clashes

"KURDISH militants are battling rebels in northern Syria near the border with Turkey a day after deadly clashes killed 11 insurgents.
The latest fighting comes with Syrian Kurds, long oppressed under President Bashar al-Assad's regime, saying they wanted to take part in peace talks the US and Russia hope to convene in Geneva next month.
Sunday's fighting in Ras al-Ein village near the border with Turkey pitted militants of the People's Protection Committees (YPG) - the armed group of the main Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) - against rebels battling to overthrow Assad... 
A YPG militant told AFP the fighting erupted when the pro-Muslim Brotherhood armed group, Liwa al-Tawhid, "stormed our village and demanded they take over one of our checkpoints".
"They accused YPG fighters of allowing resident of Nabel (a majority Shi'ite village) safe passage across the checkpoints," the Kurdish militant said."

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