Compulsory military service raises concerns among Syrian Kurdish youth


Kurdish fighters of the YPG during military training in Sere Kaniye, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Derik, Syria – The Kurdish Assayish forces (security arm of the Democratic Union Party ‘PYD’) arrested a number of Kurdish young men during their passage at checkpoints in the city of Derik (Malikiya) in northeastern Syria, under the pretext of the necessity to join compulsory military service, local sources reported on Wednesday.

“The Assayish forces started a sudden campaign of arresting Kurdish youth in Derik on Wednesday,”the father of one of the arrestees told ARA News.  

“They (Assayish members) were stopping people after installing several checkpoints between the city’s neighborhoods,” he said under the condition of anonymity. “The Assayish forces have taken our sons to compulsorily join the conflict.” 

Family members of the arrested young men protested in front of the Assayish centers in Derik calling for the release of their sons, without receiving any response from the Assayish leadership.  

In an interview with ARA News, mother of the young man Walat who was captured by the security forces on Tuesday, said: “My son went today to his work, and after several hours, we heard that the Assayish arrested him with other young men.”

She pointed out that her 20-year-old son is the sole breadwinner for his young sisters.

H.N., another woman in Derik, told ARA News that the decision of implementing compulsory military recruitment has caused mass displacement among young men from the city. 

The Kurdish military forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) has issued earlier a conscription law to be implemented in Kurdish areas of northern Syria. Activists expect the obligatory recruitment campaign to reach other cities near Derik in the coming weeks.


Reporting by: Perry Silo 

Source: ARA News

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2 thoughts on “Compulsory military service raises concerns among Syrian Kurdish youth”

  1. Rhys says:

    I can’t say I see a problem with this they should already be fighting. The KPG needs more fighters they are taking the fight to DAESH. all military aged males should step up now

  2. Sendero says:

    The YPG/YPJ is and are about equality.IF so the women should be fighting too.Death to DAESH .Biji Kurdistan biji YPG/YPJ all the way

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