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Ad-Darbasiyah: Recruit killed while trying to cross the border illegally

KURDWATCH, May 27, 2012—On May 16, 2012, Syrian border guards shot and killed Sulayman Muhammad Salih Ibrahim (b. 1991) while he was trying to leave Syria for Iraq illegally. Ibrahim had completed his regular military service a year and nine months ago, but had not yet been released from the army. After a visit to his parents, he did not return to his unit. Instead, he and six other Kurdish recruits attempted to flee to Iraq. The group was already in Iraqi territory when Syrian security forces opened fire. Ibrahim was shot and killed; two other recruits were injured. At this time, the injured are reportedly being treated at a hospital in Zakho.

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