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ʿAyn al ʿArab: PYD sends recruits to the front

KurdWatch, August 15, 2016—On July 25, 2016, the administration for the ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) canton, appointed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), held a closing ceremony to end training for recruits. The two hundred twenty recruits were given a thirty-five day training session and are now to be distributed among the combat units for the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG). Only in early June did the canton’s legislative council, also appointed by the PYD, call on all men born between 1986 and 1998 to register by June 20 to the responsible recruiting station or else face punishment [download PDF]. In light of the above, it is assumed that the majority of those trained were forcibly recruited. 

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