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Raʾs al-ʿAyn: YPG abduct member of the Democratic Yekîtî

KURDWATCH, April 26, 2013—On April 17, 2013, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) kidnapped Bangin Ahmad, a member of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (Democratic Yekîtî), from his home in Tall Abu Raʾsain (Girbawî), twenty kilometers east of Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê). In a statement, the al‑Qamishli district group of the Democratic Yekîtî condemned the kidnapping by the YPG and called upon the PYD to release the abducted victim. The leadership of the Democratic Yekîtî has made no comment thus far. While leadership is part of the party’s so-called ʿAfrin wing and is considered close to the PYD, the al‑Qamishli/Jazirah fraction is more critical.

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