Report: U.S.-backed Kurdish rebels may have committed war crimes in Syria

October 12, 2015 11:07 PM

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Report: U.S.-backed Kurdish rebels may have committed war crimes in Syria

A new report from human rights group Amnesty International suggests that Kurdish forces in northern Syria, among the most significant U.S. ground partners in the fight against the Islamic State, may have committed war crimes with a campaign of displacement and home demolitions aimed mostly at the local Arab population.

In the report released on Monday, Amnesty says it has found evidence that the local armed group known as the People’s Protection Units – better known by the acronym “YPG" – forced Arabs and Turkmen in northern Syria from their homes on behalf of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a Kurdish political ...

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