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KURDWATCH, August 19, 2014—On August 6, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), kidnapped Nuri Jabr from his shop in ʿAfrin. Jabr is a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S).

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KURDWATCH, August 19, 2014—On August 13, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), ended a Kurdish National Council demonstration in al‑Qamishli shortly after it began since the demonstration had not been authorized prior to its start. Approximately eight hundred people had wanted to protest against attacks by the Islamic State on the Kurdish regions of Syria and Iraq. The chairman of the Kurdish National Council’s local committee in al‑Qamishli, Wajdi Darwish, and his deputy, Iyad ʿAbdulkarim, were kidnapped by the Asayiş.

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KURDWATCH, August 19, 2014—On August 6, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), ordered that Yaʿqub Dawud’s wedding celebration in al‑Malikiyah be shut down. Bangin Dawud, the brother of the groom, told KurdWatch: »They didn’t give us a reason. After the Asayiş left, the wedding continued but without a music system«. Yaʿqub Dawud’s family has ties to the Kurdish Democratic Party – Syria.

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KURDWATCH, August 16, 2014—Between August 3 and August 8, 2014, more than 15 000 refugees belonging to the Yazidi religion arrived in Syria’s Kurdish regions from Sinjar in Iraq. Most of the refugees, who fled attacks by the Islamic State, continued toward Iraqi-Kurdistan after a brief break. On August 5, members of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), attempted to prevent representatives of the Kurdish National Council in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) from supplying the refugees with relief supplies. On August 8,, a similar incident occurred when employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the PYD, and militiamen for the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG) prohibited the distribution of relief supplies to Yazidi refugees at a Kurdish National Council office and fired into the air. PYD‑affiliated media present the PYD and its militia as the sole »saviors« of the Yazidi.

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KURDWATCH, August 15, 2014—On August 6, 2014, a car bomb exploded in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê). One person was injured. The reason behind the explosion is unknown.

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KURDWATCH, August 15, 2014—On August 6, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), kidnapped Bahzad Husayn Yaʿqub (b. 1980, married, two children) in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê). Yaʿqub had asked the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG) militiamen to re-park one of their vehicles because it was blocking the entrance to his warehouse.

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KURDWATCH, August 14, 2014—On August 8, 2014, the local committee of the Kurdish National Council organized a demonstration in ʿAmudah against attacks by the Islamic State on Yazidi villages in Iraq. Approximately three hundred people took part in the event.

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KURDWATCH, August 14, 2014—On August 8, 2014, the legislative council of the transitional government for the canton of Kobanî (ʿAyn al‑ʿArab), which was appointed by the Democratic Union Party  (PYD), decided that the offices of all parties and organizations that had not been authorized by August 14, 2014 [further information] would be closed. Thus far the Kurdish National Council has not recognized the transitional governments of the three cantons; none of its member parties has applied for authorization in accordance with the new law governing parties.

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KURDWATCH, August 13, 2014—On August 5, 2014, the forty-five-year-old Jumʿa Bilal Khashman (married, five children) was shot by Turkish border guards while attempting to illegally cross the border from Syria into Turkey. A few hours later, Khashman succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî).

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KURDWATCH, August 13, 2014—On August 6, 2014, approximately thirty supporters of the Syrian regime demonstrated in the center of al‑Qamishli. They chanted slogans against the attacks by the Islamic State and in support of the Syrian president. Syrian security forces protected the demonstration.

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