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ʿAfrin: PYD wants to extend forced recruitment to ʿAfrin

KURDWATCH, May 22, 2015—On May 16, 2015, Dijlah Muhammad, the deputy chairman of the defense committee for the transitional administration of the canton of ʿAfrin, which was appointed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), stated in an interview with the PYD‑affiliated news agency ANHA that on May 7 2015 the canton’s legislative council put forth a new law on compulsory military service. The content is comparable to the law published on July 13, 2014 in the canton of Jazirah [further information]. In accordance with the law, young men in the canton of ʿAfrin between the ages of eighteen and thirty will also soon be forced to complete six months of military service for the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG).

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