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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 militia 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 2011. It expanded rapidly in the Syrian Civil War and came to predominance 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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