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Rights group says US-backed Kurds displacing Arabs in Syria

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Amnesty International says the U.S.-backed Kurdish administration in northern Syria has deliberately displaced thousands of mainly Arab citizens and demolished homes.


   The report released Tuesday says the abuses, which amount to war crimes, were often carried out in retaliation for residents' perceived sympathies for or ties to the Islamic State group or other militants.


   The Kurds, Syria's largest ethnic minority, have carved out a semi-autonomous enclave in the north since the start of the country's civil war in 2011.


   Kurdish fighters have proven to be among the most successful ground forces battling the IS group. Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, Kurdish forces defeated the IS group in the Syrian border town of Kobani earlier this year and have since expanded their territory along the border with Turkey.

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