Syrian Kurds accused of ethnic cleansing and killing opponents

Syrian groups backed by the West have been accused of driving people into the arms of Isil, executing prisoners and killing hundreds of people in recent inter-factional fighting.

The YPG, the Kurdish group being backed both by the United States to fight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and by the Russians to fight US-supported anti-Assad rebels, is sending civilians into flight with its behaviour, according to a former US ambassador to the country, Robert Ford.

“In some cases, Syrian refugees flee it and don’t go towards the Kurdish areas – they run away from them and into Islamic State territory,” Mr Ford told a Senate committee hearing.

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