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SDF arrests six of its members, west of al-Raqqa, for draft evasion

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Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/05/03 15:55

Al-Raqqa - SMART

On Sunday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested six of its members in a village, west of the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, for draft evasion.

The SDF are mainly comprised of the Kurdish People's Protection Units in addition to Arab, Turkmen, and Assyrian/Syriac military factions. The SDF is supported by the United States-backed International Coalition against the Islamic State and fought them in al-Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, Aleppo, and al-Hasakah in Northeastern Syria.

Local and military sources reported to SMART that in collaboration with the Asayish forces of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration, a patrol of the SDF military police stormed the village of Hneidah, 30 kilometers southwest of al-Raqqa.

The sources added that the patrol arrested six young men, who joined the SDF, received their salaried, and evaded the military service. The sources mentioned that there are other members who also evaded the services. The SDF patrol transferred the six young men to the Ayed Prison, south of the city of al-Tabqah for investigation before returning them to services.

The SDF and security forces of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration frequently detain people in Northeastern Syria for compulsory conscription, known as the Self-Defense Duty. The SDF also arrest people for charges of dealing with the Islamic State, involving in security operations, violating decisions, weapon and drug dealing.