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KURDWATCH, December 16, 2014—At the end of November 2014, fighters for the newly-formed Baʿth militias [further information] occupied a driving school near the al‑Qamishli airport and converted it into their headquarters. The building where the driving school is located is privately owned.

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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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KURDWATCH, December 12, 2014—On November 22, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), kidnapped three of the approximately thirty to forty participants at a demonstration in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) against poor power supply. Those kidnapped were ʿAdil Khalil (42 years old, married), ʿAli Rammu (42 years old) and Muhammad Muslih (46 years old, married). The kidnapped victims were released the same day.

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KURDWATCH, December 10, 2014—At the end of November, the Syrian regime began forming new Arab militias. They are to cooperate with both the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the National Defense Forces. The National Defense Forces are also regime-affiliated militias comprised of Arab tribe members. Some of the new militias are to be trained in Lebanon with Hezbollah fighters.
In early November the Syrian president Bashar al‑Assad received Arab tribal leaders and representatives of Christian groups from al‑Hasakah province in Damascus. They demanded to form their own militias in order to stem the PYD’s power in the Kurdish regions. According to KurdWatch information, the president indicated that the supremacy of the PYD was not up for discussion. At the same time, however, he reportedly approved the formation of new military forces as long as these forces also cooperate with the PYD.

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KURDWATCH, December 8, 2014—In mid-November 2014, the Syrian regime called upon employees of numerous agencies in the Kurdish regions under the age of forty-two to make themselves available as reservists. Those who refuse are threatened with the termination of their employment contract. The regime continues to pay the salaries of all public sector employees in the regions controlled by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) as well as in parts of the country that are not under the regime’s control.

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KURDWATCH, December 7, 2014—According to KurdWatch information, the customs authorities appointed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) are imposing duties of up to fourteen percent on goods brought into the canton of Jazirah from other Syrian provinces.

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KURDWATCH, November 30, 2014—On November 6, 2014, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) kidnapped fourteen-year-old Kazim ʿAdnan Farman from his parents’ house in al‑Qamishli. A family member told KurdWatch: »Kazim has recently been good friends with several PYD sympathizers. His parents have tried, thus far in vain, to secure the return of their son.« The PYD repeatedly exploits friendships between supporters and other young people in order to recruit minors against the will of their parents.

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KURDWATCH, November 30, 2014—On November 5, 2014, twenty-three-year-old Shirin Hajji was kidnapped in al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik) by employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). A family member told KurdWatch: »We asked the PYD’s Asayiş almost daily if they had our daughter. Initially they denied it. It wasn’t until the fifth day that they admitted that she was under their control. Even so they didn’t tell us why she was kidnapped. We hope that they will not compel Shirin into military service.«

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KURDWATCH, November 30, 2014—On November 4, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), kidnapped Salih Musa (married, four children) in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê). Musa is a member of the local committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S) as well as the Kurdish National Council. He had refused to pay electricity and water fees to employees of the PYD-appointed transitional administration in the canton of Jazirah. Musa was released on November 5, 2014. He was not tortured.

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KURDWATCH, November 27, 2014—On November 12, 2014, the Kurdish National Council organized a demonstration in ʿAmudah to mark the fifty-fourth anniversary of the ʿAmudah cinema fire [further information]. About six hundred people took part. No incidents were reported.

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