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Al-Qamishli: More than one hundred young men forcibly recruited

KURDWATCH, August 12, 2015—On August 1, 2015, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), kidnapped young men trying to pass through checkpoints in the cities of al‑Qamishli, ʿAmudah, and ad‑Darbasiyah. They are reportedly being recruited for the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG) [download report on forcible recruitment]. According to eyewitness reports, more than seventy people were involved in al‑Qamishli alone. It is presumed that more than one hundred people were forcibly recruited on this day.

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