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Syria

PYD rounds up conscripts for battle against ISIS

By Rudaw 12/10/2014
YPG fighters have been resisting ISIS assaults on Kobane for nearly a month. Photo: rojhelat.info
YPG fighters have been resisting ISIS assaults on Kobane for nearly a month. Photo: rojhelat.info

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Syria’s Kurdish PYD movement is conscripting hundreds of youths into its People’s Protection Units (YPG), the militia leading the battle to stall an Islamic State takeover of the border town of Kobane.

Rudaw’s reporter in Qamishli, capital of the predominantly Kurdish Jazeera canton in northeastern Syria, said internal security personnel had posted checkpoints across the region. Youths between 18 and 30 were being taken off for training before joining YPG fighters.

Local people said many young people were staying at home to avoid being conscripted by the security units.

The forced conscription, said to be focused on Qamishli, Amoda, Drbesyie, Sarekaniye, Tiler, Hasaka abd Chal-Agha, was criticised by the PYD’s political opponents.

Ibrahim Biro, of the Kurdish Patriotic Party in Syria, accused the PYD of attempting to monopolise the struggle against ISIS rather than cooperating with other parties.

Opposing the forced conscription, he said: “We call on all Kurdish parties to put pressure on the PYD to stop abusing Kurds and create opportunities for all Kurds to protect Syrian Kurdistan.”

Biro said the conscription measure was a cynical move to pre-empt an upcoming meeting of Kurdish parties to discuss the defence of Rojava.

He said the meeting was due to take place between PYD and Kurdish National Council representatives. The KNC has been critical of what it sees as PYD attempts to squeeze out other groupings in the autonomous zones it declared in Syria, despite its insistence that it practices a policy of power-sharing.

“It’s clear that an agreement between Kurds is the best way to attract international political and military support for the Kurds,” he said.

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Bijî gerilla bijî Peshmerga! | 12/10/2014
Good. Had Barzani done the same 10 years ago, Kurdistan would have a million strong army. When will we Kurds learn?
serdar | 12/10/2014
let the anti rudaw anti barzani anti krg comments begin.. rojava fanboys have taken over rudaw`s comment section. Go pray to your god APO and salih takbiiir apooo sorry. ape not apo. Barzani`s shoes are worth more than u haters.
| 12/10/2014
that's why pkk/pyd is called terrorists. yet many kurds support them. if mr. salih had true concern for the people, they would call for turk military to come and rescue them in kobani. turkey will not go syria without an international agreement. and if kurds want to save themselves they should support turkey instead of these israeli friend terrorist pkk/pyd.
Kandil | 12/10/2014
Turkey should give way to Kurdish fighters to go and help Kurds in Kobane, by refusing he is betraying Kurds and helping ISIS.
Kerkuki | 12/10/2014
Good move YPG, Peshmerga should do the same it is the duty of all young Kurdish man to fight, I also will do it. Kurdistan is in a war against the most barbaric terrorists, how can still some idiots be against conscripting of Kurds?
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