Newsletter - October 28, 2014

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ʿAyn al‑ʿArab: US Air Force provides YPG with weapons from Iraqi Kurdistan

KURDWATCH, October 28, 2014—On October 20, 2014, US Air Force planes provided fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) with weapons, ammunition, and medical aid by air. According to the US Central Command, the deliveries originated with agencies in Iraqi Kurdistan. The office of the Iraqi-Kurdish president confirmed the delivery of twenty-four tons of material. Two of the packages air dropped landed in areas controlled by the Islamic State (IS). The US military stated that it has destroyed one of the packages that landed in the wrong place.

ʿAmudah: Demonstration against forcible recruitment

KURDWATCH, October 28, 2014—On October 17, 2014, three dozen women in ʿAmudah protested against the forcible recruitment of their relatives by the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG). There were no known incidents.

Al-Maʿbadah: PYD violates own law on recruitment

KURDWATCH, October 28, 2014—Thirty-two-year-old Nahru Muhammad Saʿid has been held by fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) since October 11, 2014. He was kidnapped in the course of forcible recruitment [further information]. The PYD has thereby violated its own law on recruitment in that only people between the ages of eighteen and thirty are to be recruited.

Raʾs al-ʿAyn: Renewed fighting between IS and YPG

KURDWATCH, October 27, 2014—Between October 16 and 20, 2014, fighting broke out near al‑Mabrukah, thirty kilometers southwest of Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), between combatants for the Islamic State (IS) and the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG). The US Air Force also bombed IS positions in al‑Mabrukah. At least four YPG fighters and two dozen IS fighters were killed in the attacks.

Tall Tamr: PYD lays claim to public building

KURDWATCH, October 27, 2014—On October 18, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), demanded that the head of the state electric company in Tall Tamr move his agency within a matter of days. The PYD has claimed the building for itself.

ʿAmudah: PYD puts bodies on display

KURDWATCH, October 27, 2014—On October 16, 2014, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) publicly displayed the bodies of fighters for the Islamic State (IS) in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), ad‑Darbasiyah, and ʿAmudah. The bodies were driven through the city in open vehicles. YPG fighters fired into the air, stood on the dead, and ridiculed them by sticking cigarettes in their mouths. For ethical reasons, KurdWatch will not reproduce the images.

Al-Qamishli: YPG‑representatives visit PDK‑S office

KURDWATCH, October 24, 2014—On October 15, 2014, representatives of the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG), including the YPG’s press spokesman, Redur Khalil, visited the office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S) in al‑Qamishli. The delegation was received by Mahmud Wadi, a member of the PDK‑S politburo. This was the first time that PYD representatives officially visited a PDK‑S office. Previously the PYD had closed PDK‑S party offices and many PDK‑S members were kidnapped or deported to Iraqi-Kurdistan [further information]. Among the topics of discussion were the negotiations in Dohuk between the Kurdish National Council, the PYD, and the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV‑DEM), a PKK‑institution. A representative of President Masud Barzani also took part in the meeting, where a possible cooperation between the various political actors in the Kurdish regions of Syria in light of the fighting in ʿAyn al‑-ʿArab-(Kobanî) was discussed.

Al-Qamishli: Asayiş attacks demonstration against forcible recruitment

KURDWATCH, October 24, 2014—On October 15, 2014, two dozen women in al‑Qamishli protested against the kidnapping and forcible recruitment of their sons and brothers by the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), [further information]. The rally ended after half an hour. An eyewitness told KurdWatch: »The Asayiş beat a woman. The others then ended the demonstration out of fear.«

ʿAmudah: Female activists protest against forcible recruitment

KURDWATCH, October 20, 2014—On October 14, 2014, four female activists brought traffic to a halt on a main road in ʿAmudah. They carried posters demanding the release of young men kidnapped and forcibly recruited by the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), on October 11 2014 [further information].

Al-Qamishli: PYD detains activist

KURDWATCH, October 16, 2014—On October 11, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), detained Bahwar Mula Ahmad (b. 1981, married, three children), a member of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî), for an hour in al‑Qamishli. Mula Ahmad, who works as a journalist, had tried to photograph employees of the Asayiş forcibly recruiting young men. Mula Ahmad was not tortured.

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