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ʿAfrin: PYD kidnaps PDK‑S member

KURDWATCH, February 9, 2015—On January 27, 2015, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), kidnapped Samir Salim Husayn from his house in Dayr Sawwan, twenty kilometers north of ʿAfrin. Husayn, who is a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S), had refused to perform service at a checkpoint controlled by the PYD’s People’s Defense Units  (YPG). The YPG regularly requires residents of remote villages to help them defend these villages. Officially, this support is voluntary, but in fact it is often coerced. Dayr Sawwan is a village in close proximity to the territories controlled by Jabat an-Nusra.

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