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Al-Hasakah: PYD aims to create a defense belt around Jazirah

KurdWatch, March 10, 2016—On March 3, 2016, the Democratic Forces of Syria, dominated by the People’s Defense Units (YPG) of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), began a new offensive. Islamic State (IS) fighters were reportedly expelled from the area between al‑Shaddadi, located fifty kilometers south of al‑Hasakah, and the city of Tall Abyad. According to the Democratic Forces own statements a defense belt is to be built around Jazirah and the city of Tall Abyad.


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