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.