Securing the Sanctuary: YPG Fighters at the Ready in Afrin

Collection with 29 media items created by Shirwan Qasim

04 Nov 2014 05:00

November 4, 2014
Afrin, Syria

While the Syrian-Kurdish cantons of Kobane and Qamishle remain under ISIS pressure and siege, the third Kurdish canton of Afrin is preparing to face any threats that may come its way and continue to be a refuge for minorities and other civilians fleeing ISIS, al-Nusra Front, and the Syrian Government. Part of these preparations involve the establishment of training camps for fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units, also known as the YPG. The commando training camp on the outskirts of Afrin is run by a woman named Busayna, who honed her military skills in the Qandil mountains of Iraq and now teaches them to the fighters of Afrin. Together with their male counterparts, the women of the YPG are now playing an integral part in securing one of the last safe Kurdish refuges in Syria.

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Afrin, Syria
By Shirwan Qasim
03 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Afrin, Syria
By Shirwan Qasim
05 Nov 2014

A woman carries wood logs, which she will use to keep herself warm in winter. The price of fuel is very high in the kurdish areas, especially Afrin, and many cannot afford to heat their homes.

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Afrin, Syria
By Shirwan Qasim
05 Nov 2014

A homeless woman with her children on the streets of Afrin.

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Afrin, Syria
By Shirwan Qasim
05 Nov 2014

Refugees from surrounding areas arrive in Afrin. Afrin has become a refuge for civilians fleeing nearby ISIS, Nusra, and government held areas.

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Afrin, Syria
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

The mother of YPG fighter Lareen Merkan (in framed photo), who was the first Kurdish suicide bomber in Kobane. Lareen sacrificed herself in an ISIS controlled area in the eastern side of the city to save her comrades from an ambush in which they were trapped.

Lareen has three brothers that are now in the YPG. Lareen returned from training in the Qandil mountains of Iraq a year ago and then went to participate in the battle for Kobane. Despite her sorrow, her mother remains proud of her daughter.

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Afrin, Syria
By Shirwan Qasim
03 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria
By Shirwan Qasim
03 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria
By Shirwan Qasim
03 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A female YPG commando fighter in Afrin. Afrin is one of three Syrian-Kurdish cantons controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). The other two are Kobane, which is currently under ISIS siege, and Qamishle, which is located near the borders of Turkey and Iraq.

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Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
03 Nov 2014

Busayna, the leader of the YPG commando training camp.

Busayna arrived from PKK bases in the Qandil mountains of northern Iraq to offer her expertise the fighters in Afrin

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Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

The forested, hilly terrain of the areas around Afrin provide good training ground for YPG trainees.

This camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.

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Securing the sanctuary- ypg fighters ...
Afrin, Syria, Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

A YPG commando training camp located on the outskirts of Afrin. The camp is managed by a woman named Busayna. She leads the training and supervises the camp.

During training, the women wake up at 5am. They attend lessons and then they apply what they learn practically. The fighters in the pictures belong to the rapid response unit. They enter war zones as a specialized group, using heavy weaponry, such as tanks, Doshkas, and cannons.