October 27, 2018 / 10:31 AM
45 from Germany have joined YPG ranks since April 2017

A total of 45 individuals from Germany have travelled to Iraq and Syria since April 2017 to join the ranks of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), according to data from the German Interior Ministry, Germany’s Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung reported.

The German Interior Ministry released data on people joining the YPG in response to a parliamentary question submitted by the Left Party. Prior to April 2017, the number of people from Germany who joined YPG ranks in Iraq and Syria was 204, 69 of whom were German citizens.
The German newspaper reported that most of these individuals who “had links to Germany” left the country to fight against the Islamic State (IS) along with YPG fighters in Syria.
Among those who have joined the YPG since April 2017 from Germany were reportedly German citizens, Turkish citizens, German citizens of Turkish descent and Syrian citizens.
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