13 Apr 2013 09:00
A photojournalist captures the forces that are involved in the conflict of Ras al-Ayn, Syria, and the civilians effected by the ongoing conflict. The photographs lead-up to the fighting that drove members from Jabhat al-Nusra and the FSA from the city on July 17. It is a battle for control over the identity of this ancient city — called Serekaniye by the Kurdish fighters and Ras al-Ayn by Arabs — that exemplifies the complexity of Syria’s civil war and the different ideologies involved. The YPG want autonomy. Jabhat al-Nusra is fighting for an Islamic state. The Free Syrian Army, who are allied with Jabhat al-Nusra, is losing morale and desperate for weapons and supplies. The journalist was in the city during the time of the second ceasefire. Pictured are the homes of Assad supporters who have since disappeared, Jabhat al-Nusra fighters, YPG and the Kurdish Women Defense Forces (YPJ), who were the catalyst for the most recent fighting.