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Mainly-Kurdish militia in Syria

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People's Protection Units: Mainly-Kurdish militia in Syria
The People's Protection Units or People's Defense Units is a mainly-Kurdish group in Syria and the primary component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The YPG mostly consists of ethnic Kurds, but also includes Arabs and foreign volunteers; it is closely allied to the Syriac Military Council, a militia of Assyrians. The YPG was formed in 2004 as the armed wing of the Kurdish leftist Democratic Union Party. It expanded rapidly in the Syrian Civil War and came to predominate over other armed Kurdish groups. A sister group, the Women's Protection Units (YPJ), fights alongside them. The YPG is active in Northern and Eastern Syria.

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Turkey's Erdogan says will tell Trump U.S. failed to keep Syria promise

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he would tell President Donald Trump that the United States has not fulfilled its agreement last month to remove the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from a..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says U.S. not fulfilling Syria deal ahead of Trump talks

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Syrian army, Turkish force clash near border: state media

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Turkey says it will eliminate remaining Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria

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Turkey says Kurdish YPG forces have not fully withdrawn from Syria border area

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Second Turkish soldier dead after YPG militia attack: ministry

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Russia, Turkey reach deal to remove Kurdish YPG from Syria border

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Russia says Syrian Kurdish YPG to withdraw from Syrian border

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