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KURDWATCH, September 2, 2014—Employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), demanded on August 26, 2014 that the members of the Kurdish Unity Party in Syria (Yekîtî) in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) apply to the PYD's interim administration for the canton of Jazira for a permit for their party office. A Yekîtî member told KurdWatch: »Our party members informed the Asayiş that they wouldn't apply for a permit at an office that has no legitimacy«.

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KURDWATCH September 2, 2014—On August 25, 2014 employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), raided the house of Mamduh Tikhubi in Sanjaq Dawud (Sinceq Xelîl), eight kilometers south of ʿAmudah, in search of him. This member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syrien (PDK‑S) was not at home. Fighters for the People's Defence Units (YPG), the PYD militia, told his family that Tikhubi should leave Syria in the next four days.

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KURDWATCH, September 2, 2014—On August 25, 2014 employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), raided several houses in ʿAmudah. The activists Tayisir and Yasir Hattu were kidnapped, both are members of the Cooperation of the Youth of ʿAmudah. Yasir Hattu was soon released, but his brother remained in custody. Yasir Hattu told KurdWatch: »The Asayiş accused me of working together with Turkey. My family was asked to leave the country.«

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KURDWATCH, August 31, 2014—With Circular Letter No. 145, dated August 23, 2014, the Executive Council of the Autonomous Kurdish Administration of the Canton of Jazirah, appointed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), asked the Asayiş, the PYD’s security service, not to issue exit permits for people between eighteen and thirty years of age. Exceptions are made for people who can present a letter of approval from the defense committee’s recruitment office. Kanʿan Barakat, chairman of the Committee on Internal Affairs, signed the circular letter.

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KURDWATCH, August 28, 2014—On August 23, 2014, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) stormed the village of Munasaf, ten kilometers east of Tall Tamr, and searched all residents, including the women. ʿAbdurrazzaq Haso (married, five children) was detained for several hours. An activist told KurdWatch: »The background to this harassment is that village residents refuse to let their young men be recruited by the YPG.«

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KURDWATCH, August 25, 2014—Since August 12, 2014 militiamen for the People’s Defense Units (YPG) of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) have taken control of several university buildings in al‑Hasakah to safeguard against attacks by Islamists and/or the Free Syrian Army. The university administration still remains under the control of the Syrian government.

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KURDWATCH, August 25, 2014—On August 20, 2014 Husayn Ibash, a member of the central committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party  – Syria (PDK‑S) was released. On May 12, 2014, the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party  (PYD) took Ibash captive in ʿAfrin and detained him since then.

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KURDWATCH, August 24, 2014—On August 12, 2014, fighters for the Free Syrian Army (FSA) kidnapped Khashman Ramadan, a militiaman for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG), in the Arab district of Ghuwayran in al‑Hasakah. That same day, a video was made public in which the prisoner calls on the YPG to stop shelling the district. Arab activists report that the PYD has kidnapped several Arab men in the regime-controlled city center of al‑Hasakah in order to exchange these men for Ramadan.

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KURDWATCH, August 24, 2014—On August 12, 2014 the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) began a major offensive in al‑Hasakah to capture the Arab district of Ghuwayran. The district was attacked with tanks and shelled with surface-to-surface missiles. Several people were killed. The PYD has declared that it is advancing on fighters for the Islamic State. In contrast, Kurdish and Arab activists reported that primarily poorly armed fighters for Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Ahrar-Ghuwayran-Battalion are present in the district. However, it is thought that supporters of the Islamic State may have recently increased their presence.

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KURDWATCH, August 24, 2014—On August 10, 2014, a vehicle belonging to the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) advanced into the Arab district of Ghuwayran in al‑Hasakah and was shelled. Seven YPG militiamen were killed. It is unclear whether the vehicle was attacked by fighters for the Free Syrian Army or by Islamists. Ghuwayran is considered a stronghold of the Syrian opposition. The Syrian regime has not had control of the district since 2012.

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