People's Protection Units
Mainly-Kurdish militia in Syria
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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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Turkey says car bomb kills 17 near Syria's Ras al AinA car bomb killed 17 people near a Syrian border town seized by Turkish-backed forces last month, Turkey's Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, in an attack which it blamed on Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters.
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Second Turkish soldier dead after YPG militia attack: ministryA Turkish soldier died in hospital after an attack by the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria's Ras Al Ain region, Turkey's Defense Ministry said on Monday, bringing the death toll from the attack to two.
One Turkish soldier killed, five wounded in northeast Syria - ministryOne Turkish military personnel was killed and five were wounded in Syria's Ras Al-Ayn region after a rocket and mortar attack by Kurdish YPG militia, Turkey's Defence Ministry said on Sunday.
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Five Turkish military personnel wounded in Syria after Kurdish militia attack: ministryFive Turkish military personnel were wounded around the Syrian border town of Ras al Ain in an attack carried out by the Kurdish YPG militia, the Turkish defense ministry said on Thursday, after the..
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