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Al-Qamishli: YPG releases members of an armed Yekîtî unit

KURDWATCH, June 13, 2013—On April 29, 2013, the Asayiş (security service) of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) released Walat Murad Haso, Mizgin Muhammad Ramadan, Aras Muhammad Salih, Jiwan Sulayman Yasin, and Idris Sulayman. The members of the Shaykh‑Maʿshuq-Khaznawi Battalion of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî) were kidnapped on April 17 along with an additional fighter of the battalion by the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG) [further information on the case]. Walat Murad Haso, leader of the battalion, stated to KurdWatch: »I was not tortured, but threatened and held in solitary confinement for several days. During the interrogations, I was accused of being a member of an illegal organization.« The YPG claimed to have interrogated him in the name of the Supreme Kurdish Committee. Allegedly, he and other fighters were in fact released due to the initiative of members of the Supreme Kurdish Committee’s expert committee on the military. This expert committee was ascribed to the Shaykh‑Maʿshuq-Khaznawi Battalion. According to Haso, his battalion has around four hundred members.

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