Middle East

Kurdish militia has 35,000 fighters: spokesman

BEIRUT: A leading Kurdish militia that has fought against rebels trying to topple Syrian president Bashar Assad now numbers 35,000 members, according to a spokesperson for the group. 

Redur Khalil, quoted by the Carnegie Endowment, said the YPG, or People’s Protection Units, had grown in number after a recent general mobilization. 

The figure would place the militia, which is comprised of men and women, as being among the largest in the war-torn country. 

The YPG works closely with the PYD, a political party that has advocated federalism for Syria’s Kurds.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 27, 2013, on page 8.




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