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About the People’s Defense Units (YPG)
The People’s Defense Units (YPG) [also People’s Protection Units] is the official army of Rojava-Northern Syria Federation. After Syrian Baath regime’s attacks on 2004, small units started to organize the YPG with the intention of people’s protection. After its successful organization in all cities throughout Rojava, with a significant experience, the YPG was officially formed in 2011. Currently, the YPG is actively organized in Efrin [Afrin], Kobanê [Kobani] and Cizîre [Jazeera] cantons and Aleppo’s Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood.
YPG was set up to protect the legacy and values of the people of Rojava and is founded on the principles of the paradigm of democratic society, ecology and woman’s liberation. Without preferring or discriminating any religion, language, nation, gender or political parties, YPG is protecting the country against all attacks from outside. YPG is the Democratic Nation’s protection force and not related to any political party. All missions and works are carried out with the attribute of legitimate defense and defending the interests of the people of Rojava.
YPG is a people’s army which is set up by volunteers. Persons from all different nations, religions and spiritual groups of Rojava can join the YPG. Arabs, Assyrians, Turkmens, Armenians, Kurds and many other in Rojava-Northern Syria living minorities are working united in YPG. Al-Senadîd forces, Heres El Xabur and the Syriac Military Council as self defense forces of their people also take their place in YPG.
With increasing numbers of women joining YPG, the female fighters decided to set up the all-female Women's Protection Units (YPJ). YPJ is an autonomous force and leading all her works and organizations on the base of their own program.
In a short period of time YPG proved its military efficiency all over Rojava and liberated most cities in Rojava-Northern Syria from the tyrannical Baathist regime. YPG resisted successfully against all attacks and aggressions carried out by Daesh (ISIS) and the bandits of the Syrian National Coalition and played a historical role in setting up and defending a safe area for everyone in Syria.
YPG/YPJ have fought and resisted in many historical battles in the last five years, since 2015 also in cooperation with the Syrian Democratic Forces (QSD, otherwise known as SDF). Some of these battles were:
Liberation of the Yazidis in Sinjar (Shingal), Defending the Sinjar corridor also known as resistance of Ceza (Jaza) and Rabia (Summer and Autumn 2014)
Battle of Kobani, the liberation of Kobani Canton (15. September 2014 – 15. July 2015)
Liberation of Til Hamis and Til Berak (21. - 29. February 2015)
Liberation of the Kezwan Mountains and the towns of Tal Tamir, Mebruka, Suluk, Til Abyad and Ain Issa (6. May – 15. June 2015)
Liberation of Sarrin (September 2015)
Liberation of Al-Hol (November 2015)
Liberation of Tishreen Dam (December 2015)
Liberation of Al-Shadaddi (February 2016)
Liberation of the area in the southeast of the Kezwan Mountains (March 2016)
Liberation of Manbij (June – August 2016)
YPG is cooperating with the International Coalition Against Daesh since autumn 2014.
Related to the Defense Ministry and according to the laws of the Democratic Self-Administration, the YPG continues its defense mission throughout Rojava-Northern Syria.