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  • Syrian Kurdish Militia Says it's Getting Russian Training

  • The YPG has proven to be one of the most effective forces battling the Islamic State group, and has carved out a semi-autonomous zone along the Turkish frontier

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces fighting in Syria. Photo: SDF via AP,

20 of March 2017 10:56:54

BEIRUT — A Syrian Kurdish militia that Turkey views as a terrorist group says Russian servicemen are training its forces in northern Syria.Redur Khalil, a spokesman for the People's Protection Units, or YPG, said the Russian forces were there "by agreement," in comments carried Monday by the group's Hawar News agency.The U.S.-backed YPG has proven to be one of the most effective forces battling the Islamic State group, and has carved out a semi-autonomous zone along the Turkish frontier.It maintains neutral relations with the Russian-backed Syrian government and sometimes clashes with Turkish-backed Syrian opposition forces.Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdish insurgency in its southeast.Khalil says the training mission is a step toward "direct contacts" with Russia.Russia's Defense Ministry had no immediate comment.



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