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Al-Qamishli: YPG kidnaps sixty-seven members of el‑Partî

KURDWATCH, May 23, 2013—On May 19, 2013, fighters of the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) kidnapped a total of sixty-seven members of ʿAbdulhakim Bashar’s Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el‑Partî) from various locations. Most were returning from cadre training in Iraqi Kurdistan. ʿAbdulhakim Bashar told KurdWatch: »The YPG is taking over the work of the regime. It acts like the State Security Service, the Military Intelligence Service, and the Political Security Directorate.« To the question of what exactly the cadres would have been doing in Iraqi Kurdistan, he replied: »The PYD cannot dictate how we become active. What our cadres do in Iraqi Kurdistan only concerns us, not the PYD.« The PYD stated that the members of el‑Partî were arrested because they had crossed the border illegally. They would be released as long as there were no other known accusations against them. According to information from a high-ranking member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) closed the Faysh Khabur border crossing to the east of al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik) on May 20, 2013 as an answer to the kidnapping.

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