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KURDWATCH, November 26, 2014—On November 9, 2014, three representatives of the Kurdish National Council arrived in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) to negotiate with the leaders of the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) about possible participation in the fighting against the Islamic State (IS). The YPG tied such participation to the condition that Kurdish National Council fighters would be subordinate to the YPG command.

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KURDWATCH, November 26, 2014—On the basis of a decision by the Committee for Internal Affairs in the canton of ʿAfrin, the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), distributed a notice to all operators of event halls in ʿAfrin on November 5, 2014. According to the notice, any event that was not previously been authorized by the Asayiş or one of the PYD’s people’s houses is prohibited. Consequently all future private wedding celebrations in ʿAfrin must be authorized in advance.

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KURDWATCH, November 26, 2014—On November 10, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), informed the pupils of several lower and upper secondary schools in al‑Qamishli that in the future they will receive training in handling weapons on holidays and weekends. This also includes girls’ schools.

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KURDWATCH, November 26, 2014—Between November 5 and 16 2014, fighting broke out twenty kilometers west of the city of Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) between the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the Islamic State (IS). YPG fighters claim to have killed two dozen IS‑fighters.

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KURDWATCH, November 26, 2014—On October 30, 2014, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) released Muhammad Saʿid Muhammad ʿIsu and Rasul Ismaʿil Muhammad, both members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S), after they had been detained for approximately fifteen months. A PYD‑court had sentenced ʿIsu to ten years and Muhammad to seven years in prison [further information on the case]. Both men told KurdWatch that they were tortured while in prison. At least six additional members of the PDK‑S are still being held by the PYD.

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KURDWATCH, November 21, 2014—On November 4, 2014, members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) kidnapped the fifteen-year-old pupil Najah Nerwan Ahmad from her school in the village of al‑Kazimiyah, ten kilometers east of al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik). A family member told KurdWatch: »At around 2:00 pm the teacher informed us that our daughter had been kidnapped by Hevals [PKK‑supporters, literally »friends«]. We don’t know exactly where she is.« The family assumes that their daughter has been forcibly recruited.

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KURDWATCH, November 21, 2014—On November 6, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), fatally shot twenty-five-year-old Ziyad Salih Oso in ad‑Darbasiyah. Oso was kidnapped by the Asayiş during a large-scale forced recruitment [further information], but was able to flee from a PYD‑prison in Tall Maʿruf. A relative told KurdWatch: »When Asayiş employees stormed his house, Ziyad attempted to flee in his pajamas. They shot him not far from his house.«

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KURDWATCH, November 21, 2014—On November 4, 2014, members of the PYD‑affiliated Revolutionary Youth used force to kidnap fourteen-year-old Chiman Muhammad Sadiq Ahmad from her school in Tall Shaʿir, ten kilometers west of al‑Qataniyah (Tirbesipî). The Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) are refusing to return her to her parents and informed them that she may be brought to Kandil. The family was also threatened with consequences if they continue to speak to the media about the kidnapping of their daughter.

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KURDWATCH, November 21, 2014—On November 5, 2014, employees of the transitional administration for the canton of Jazirah, which was appointed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), distributed voting documents in al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî). According to the documents, the legislative council and municipal administrations are up for election. More information is not available.

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KURDWATCH, November 21, 2014—On November 3, 2014, the Islamic State released more than seventy Kurds from ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) who had been kidnapped in the past twelve months. The Kurds were released in Manbij. More information about the total number of Kurds kidnapped by the IS is not available.

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