A young Kurdish girl in Amouda denounces the PYD for behaving like the Syrian regime.
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Noura Hussein Hussein, an 18-year-old Syrian Kurd from the northwest town of Afrin, had just left the hairdresser's salon on her wedding day earlier this month but never made it home, according to her family.The party's critics in the Kurdish community fume that the PYD engages in regime-like practices, such as forcing people to fight in an unpopular war, while the conscription policy is compounding the misery by emptying Kurdish-majority areas of their civilian populations.Meanwhile, the regime and the various rebel groups have their own manpower problems as the war grinds on. The regime has spent much of the last year desperately rounding up fighters, whether for the regular army or paramilitary groups. However, the army is not made up solely of non-Sunni minorities, as there is national conscription.The regime's own "Shiite militias," ostensibly Iraqi- or Iranian-commanded and financed, have recruited urban, Syrian Sunnis into their ranks, probably due to the overriding need for manpower.
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