YPG Imposes Compulsory Recruitment, Again

Abdalaziz Alhamza “RBSS”

The Kurdish forces are imposing compulsory recruitment in their controlled areas. This process has increased recently especially after their losses against the Free Syrian Army supported by the Turkish army in the Euphrates Shield campaign.
In the last week, the Kurdish militias announced that they are imposing compulsory recruitment in Tal Abyad and its suburbs. This was the reason of the displacement of a large number of young people from the area.
After the receding of the regime role in the Kurdish areas which was followed by the establishment of the Self- administration, YPG was established in order to secure the borders of the region and the Asayish as an internal security forces. The recruitment to these two forces was on a voluntary basis, but after PYD controlled over the Kurdish political view recruitments became compulsory.

It is worth noted that the recruitment process included even university students, families’ sole and the breadwinners. The only ways to escape that were either paying briberies or fleeing the area.
In July 2014, the Legislative Council of the Self administration approved a new rule and called it (The duty of self-defense), it provides for the forced recruitment of young men aged between 18 and 30 for nine months. This is so much like the compulsory recruitment imposed by Assad regime and the terrorist group ISIS.

Ahmed, a young man has fled Tel Abyad recently, said:” a lot of the smugglers who work between the Turkish-Syrian borders are in touch with the Kurdish forces, half of the money paid for the smugglers goes to the Kurdish forces.
On the other hand, the recruitment was not limited on males; females in the Kurdish areas are also imposed to join the Kurdish troops especially those who belong to poor families, the Kurdish forces are taking advantage of their need of money according to Ahmed.

media activist from the city of Raqqa, student at the Faculty of Law at the University of the Euphrates. Director of the Media Office of Raqqa, founding member of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently", founding member of the documentary project of "Sound and Picture". I work in documenting violations committed by Assad's regime and ISIS group and extremist organizations inside the city of Raqqa, as I work in programming, design and visual media. I hold a certificate of coach in digital security, and a certificate of journalist coach, and a certificate in documenting violations against human rights, and a certificate in electronic advocacy. I underwent a training under the supervision of "Cyber-Arabs" in collaboration with the Institute for War and Peace "IWPR", about the management of electronic websites and leadership of advocacy campaigns, and a training of press photography under the supervision of the photojournalist "Peter Hove Olesen".