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SDF militants kidnap Syrian civilians for forced recruitment: Report

Syrians protest against the presence of the US-backed SDF militants in the northeastern province of Hasakah. (File photo by SANA)

The Kurdish-led militants of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which enjoy Washington’s support, have kidnapped a number of young people in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah apparently for forced recruitment.

Local sources told Syria’s official news agency SANA on Sunday that houses were raided in various neighborhoods of the town of Shaddadi. 

The SDF militants continue with their criminal and abusive practice against ordinary citizens in areas under their control. 

The security situation is reportedly deteriorating in the areas controlled by the SDF in Hasakah and the province of Dayr al-Zawr amid arrests of civilians by the militants. 

In a separate incident on Sunday, the SDF militants took control of the telecommunication center in Safia village, located about 13 kilometers north of the provincial capital city Hasakah.

The building of an electricity company in the city has also been under the SDF control for over two weeks.

The White House has long been providing the SDF with arms and militants. Washington says they are a key partner in the purported fight against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. 

Many observers, however, see the support in the context of Washington’s plans to carve out a foothold in Syria. 

Such support has also angered Turkey, which views militants of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of the SDF, as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

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