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ʿAfrin: PYD kidnaps former PDK‑S peshmerga

KURDWATCH, December 15, 2014—On December 1, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), kidnapped Ibrahim Kurish, a member of a peshmerga unit for the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S), from his parents’ house in ʿAfrin. A few days prior, Kurish had returned to ʿAfrin from Iraqi-Kurdistan to visit his ailing mother. On December 3, 2014, the Asayiş dispersed a demonstration where several dozen people called for Kurish’s release. On December 4, 2014, his nephew Mahmud Kurish was picked up by the Asayiş after he tried to inquire about his uncle. A relative told KurdWatch: »Ibrahim fled ʿAfrin in 2012 following a PYD knife attack. Now he had come back. He thought that after the Duhok agreement the PYD wouldn’t attack him anymore. Apparently the PYD still sees every peshmerga as a traitor.« Ibrahim Kurish was released at the Syrian-Turkish border on December 8 and was told to leave Syria immediately. Mahmud Kurish remains in custody.

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