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KURDWATCH, April 18, 2015—On April 12, 2015, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), broke into the office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S). They seized a television and a computer.

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KURDWATCH, April 17, 2015—On April 11, 2015, fifty-one recruits were released in Tall Baidar (twenty-five kilometers east of Tall Tamr) after completing six months of forced military service with the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG). They were drafted on October 11, 2014 in the course of a large-scale forced recruiting. It is unclear if all of the recruits drafted at that time have been released from service.

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KURDWATCH, April 16, 2015—On April 8, 2015, the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), released Hashim Ibrahim Miho, member of the local committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S), from a prison in the village of Rumaylan, approximately one and a half kilometers southwest of al‑Maʿbada. Miho was kidnapped from his home in al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik) on June 30, 2014, shortly after his return from Iraqi-Kurdistan.

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KURDWATCH, April 16,  2015—On April 7, 2015, Turkish soldiers at a border crossing near the city of ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) opened fire on refugees who were trying to cross the Syrian-Turkish border illegally. Forty-four-year-old ʿAbdulkarim Saho (b. in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab [Kobanî]) was killed. Another person was injured.

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KURDWATCH, April 14, 2015—On April 8, 2015, fighters for the Islamic State (IS) once again began an offensive to the south and west of Tall Tamr. They set fire to oil tankers so that the resulting billows of smoke would complicate a potential intervention by the US‑Air Force. Fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) were able to stop the attack. The IS is still only two kilometers from Tall Tamr; however, the Khabur considerably complicates an advance on the city.

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KURDWATCH, April 13, 2015—On March 27, 2015, the Syrian Army informed the family of the recruit Usama Husayn Ismaʿil (b. 1993 in al‑Qamishli, married) of his death. He was allegedly killed by an Islamic State (IS) sharpshooter near Tall Birak. Ismaʿil was drafted by the Syrian Army about six months ago after he was deported from Iraqi-Kurdistan. According to information obtained by KurdWatch, he was refused residence there because he could not prove his identity.

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KURDWATCH, April 13, 2015—On April 3, 2015, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), recruited sixteen-year-old Dilbar Ahmad Haji (b. 1999 in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab) in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). The girl’s father told KurdWatch: »When we demanded her return from the Asayiş, my wife was beaten, called an honorless traitor, and then thrown out«. According to the Asayiş, Dilbar Haji decided on her own to perform military service and is staying at a camp run by the PYD’s Women’s Defense Units (YPJ).

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KURDWATCH, April 11, 2015—On April 6, 2015, Jabhat an‑Nusra fighters stopped several buses near the village of Taqad, twenty kilometers west of Aleppo. All Kurdish male passengers were detained for hours.

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KURDWATCH, April 11, 2015—On April 8, 2015, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), prevented the chairman of the Kurdish National Council, Tahir Sifuk, and his deputy, Niʿmat Dawud, from crossing into Iraqi-Kurdistan at the Faysh Khabur border crossing, east of al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik).

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KURDWATCH, April 10, 2015—On April 4, 2015, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), stormed internet cafés and coffee houses in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) and forcibly recruited numerous young men. Outraged relatives demanded in vain that the Asayiş release their sons. Exact information about the number of people kidnapped is not available.

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KURDWATCH, April 9, 2015—On March 26, 2015, the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), released Mahmud Hanan Kurish in ʿAfrin. He had been kidnapped on December 4, 2014 after he inquired about the fate of his uncle, Ibrahim Kurish, who had also been kidnapped [further information]. On March 30, 2014, Lazgin Barakat (b. 1989 in ʿAfrin) was also released. He had likewise been detained by the Asayiş since December 4, 2014. Barakat is a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S). He had reported Ibrahim Kurish’s arrest on Facebook and helped to organize a demonstration. Both Kurish and Barakat were tortured while imprisoned.i

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New interview:
Ahmad Mustafa, former member of the dissident Youth Movement of Aleppo: »I wish that international human rights organizations would put pressure on the PYD so that they would return my son to me«

KURDWATCH, Februar 4, 2015—At the beginning of the Syrian revolution, Ahmad Muhammad Mustafa, b. 1977 in Khaltan near ʿAfrin, became involved with the dissident Youth Movement of Aleppo. To punish him, the PKK had his wife murdered and kidnapped his son. To this day, Ahmad Mustafa is wanted by the PKK. He has been living abroad since 2013.

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