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    Syrian pro-government militia clashed with regional Kurdish security forces in the mostly Kurds-controlled city of Hasakah in northeastern Syria on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Kurdistan24 broadcaster, the violence broke out after the pro-government militia arbitrary arrested several Kurds earlier in the day.

    Kurds are Syria’s largest ethnic minority. The Kurdish population also lives in Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. Syrian Kurds say they want to be part of Syria and do not strive for independence, yet have previously called for more autonomy.

    In March, they declared a federal region in northern Syria. The Syrian government responded by saying that the Kurds’ unilateral decision had no legal power.


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