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Syrian YPG militia: government has taken control of Aleppo district

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army fighter holds a weapon in the town of Tadef in Aleppo Governorate, Syria February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi\

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia commander in Aleppo said the group’s fighters had gone to nearby Afrin region to help repel a Turkish assault and as a result the Syrian government had regained control over Kurdish-held districts in Aleppo.

“We in Aleppo have gone to the Afrin canton. As a result the eastern districts of Aleppo city fell under the control of the Syrian regime,” said Furat Khalil, YPG commander in Aleppo, in a message to Reuters.

Reporting By Ellen Francis; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg