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refugee families, syrians
Kobanî, Syria
By Felipe Passolas
22 Nov 2014

Suruç, Turkish border. Kobane. Syrian war. Refugees and soldiers. ISIS

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refugee families, syrians
Kobanî, Syria
By Felipe Passolas
22 Nov 2014

Suruç, Turkish border. Kobane. Syrian war. Refugees and soldiers. ISIS

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YPG fighter. Refugee camp
Kobanî, Syria
By Felipe Passolas
22 Nov 2014

YPG fighter recovering in a refugee camp. Again shot by the Turkish army when he as heading the border looking for medical assistance.Suruç, Turkish border. Kobane. Syrian war. Refugees and soldiers. ISIS

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syrian border refugee families
Gaziantep
By Felipe Passolas
21 Nov 2014

Suruç, Turkish border. Kobane. Syrian war. Refugees and soldiers. ISIS

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syrian border refugee families
Kobanî, Syria
By Felipe Passolas
20 Nov 2014

Suruç, Turkish border. Kobane. Syrian war. Refugees and soldiers. ISIS

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Suruç, girls in a village
Unnamed Road, Alanyurt/Şanlıurfa,Turkey
By Felipe Passolas
19 Nov 2014

Suruç, Turkish border. Kobane. Syrian war. Refugees and soldiers. ISIS

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Unnamed Road, Alanyurt/Şanlıurfa,Turkey
By Felipe Passolas
19 Nov 2014

Turkish mobile artillery 155mm next to Kobane. No activity at all of this artillery since the beginning of the crisis in this area.Suruç, Turkish border. Kobane. Syrian war. Refugees and soldiers. ISIS

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kobane's border
Unnamed Road, Alanyurt/Şanlıurfa,Turkey
By Felipe Passolas
19 Nov 2014

Suruç, Turkish border. Kobane. Syrian war. Refugees and soldiers. ISIS

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Turkis army. tanks
Yumurtalık Köyü Yolu, Yumurtalık/Şanlıurfa,Turkey
By Felipe Passolas
19 Nov 2014

Turkish mobile artillery 155mm next to Kobane. No activity at all of this artillery since the beginning of the crisis in this area.Suruç, Turkish border. Kobane. Syrian war. Refugees and soldiers. ISIS

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Yumurtalık Köyü Yolu, Yumurtalık/Şanlıurfa,Turkey
By Felipe Passolas
19 Nov 2014

Turkish mobile artillery 155mm next to Kobane. No activity at all of this artillery since the beginning of the crisis in this area.Suruç, Turkish border. Kobane. Syrian war. Refugees and soldiers. ISIS

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Kobanî, Syria
By Felipe Passolas
19 Nov 2014

Turkish mobile artillery 155mm next to Kobane. No activity at all of this artillery since the beginning of the crisis in this area.Suruç, Turkish border. Kobane. Syrian war. Refugees and soldiers. ISIS

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suruç refugee camps
Gaziantep
By Felipe Passolas
19 Nov 2014

Suruç, Turkish border. Kobane. Syrian war. Refugees and soldiers. ISIS

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suruç refugee camps
Gaziantep
By Felipe Passolas
19 Nov 2014

Suruç, Turkish border. Kobane. Syrian war. Refugees and soldiers. ISIS

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suruç refugee camps
Gaziantep
By Felipe Passolas
19 Nov 2014

Suruç, Turkish border. Kobane. Syrian war. Refugees and soldiers. ISIS

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Syria Jihadists 01
Suruc
By Maciej Moskwa
19 Nov 2014

Turkey, near Suruc, view on Kobane. Nov 2014. Turkish soldier watching US airstrike against ISIS during siege of Kobane. photo: Maciej Moskwa/TESTIGO

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Training Women Fighters of the Kurdis...
Qamishle, Syria
By TTM Contributor 4
13 Nov 2014

Qamishle, Syria
November 8, 2014

Kurdish women have had a leading role in defending Kobane against ISIS. More than 1,000 women are actively involved in the fight, according to Heboun Derik, an official in the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), the women’s branch in the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia.

This video shows life inside a training camp in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria. In this camp, young women in their twenties leave the comfort of civilian life behind them to receive basic military training before they head to Kobane, one Syria’s fiercest frontlines.

Shot list:

00:00 – 01:25

Various shots show female fighters during field training.

01:26 – 01:48

Various shots show fighters during shooting practice.

01:49 – 02:17

Various shots show marching fighters, returning from the training field.

02:18 – 02:56
Various shots show fighters during lunch.

02:57 - 03:18
Various shots shows fighters dancing dabkeh.

03:19 – 03:49

Interview with 26-year-old trainer Furat, woman, Kurdish/ interview transcript below

03:50 – 04:17
Interview with Gulistan, the head of a 20-fighter unit in the YPJ, woman, Kurdish/ interview transcript below

04:18 – 05:04

Interview with Dijla, a female fighter, Kurdish/ interview transcript below

Interview with Gulistan, the head of a 20-fighter unit in the YPJ, woman, Kurdish/ interview transcript below

“I am 20 years old. I volunteered with the YPJ a year and a half ago. After I received my baccalaureate, I did not want to continue my studies at university. I decided to enlist in the YPJ after extremist groups attacked Kurdish areas.

“I am here to prove to the male-dominated society that women are not weak; they can protect their honor against the attacks carried out by ISIS, which is hiding behind Islam. Most of the girls who joined the YPJ have the same feeling. They have the will to free women from the restrictions that have governed them for so long.

“I am very happy to be at this training camp with the rest of my female comrades, even though we have been deprived of the leisure of civilian life; our military outfits are who we are. The attacks by ISIS against our areas increased our resilience. All of this created in us a stronger will to fight and give up everything for the sake of the homeland.

Interview with Dijla, a female fighter, Kurdish/ interview transcript below

I am 20 years old. I left my studies and joined the YPJ three years ago. At a certain moment, I realized that I had to offer something for my homeland and have a value among the society members. I call upon all girls to join the YPJ.
The attacks against our Kurdish areas were motivated many women to join the YPJ and pick up arms in order to save women’s dignity and honor.

Interview with Beritan, a female fighter, Kurdish/ interview transcript below

I am 21 years old. I obtained my middle school diploma and joined the YPJ when terrorist organizations attacked Sari Kaniyeh [Ras al-Ain] two years ago. It was my national duty to defend our homeland alongside men, and I am happy with this decision.

Interview with 26-year-old trainer Furat, woman, Kurdish/ interview transcript below

“Here, at the YPJ’s Martyr Sheilan training camp, I supervise the training of female fighters who have recently enlisted. In each training cycle, 20 trainees undergo physical and tactical training for two consecutive months. “The training program starts at 7 am with a physical fitness class, followed by an orientation session that covers fighting ethics, loyalty and love for the homeland and combat comrades, and an introduction to women’s rights.

“After that, fighters are taught how to use all kinds of light weapons – Kalashnikov rifles, machine guns, pistols and sniper rifles. We also simulate battles so that fighters would be accustomed to real fighting. Fighters in this training camp have enlisted voluntarily. They are between 20 and 25 years of age, and are very happy because they are convinced with their choice of a new life, which made them independent.

“After the training, there is lunch followed by a recreation time, during which the fighters practice their hobbies. They sing, dance dabkeh, play games or read. We try, as much as possible, to create an atmosphere of intimacy and love among the fighters so that they would not feel bored or tired, and so they do not feel far from their families.

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Free Syrian Army Fights in Kobane
kobane
By adrian
30 Oct 2014

October 30-31, 2014 Kobane, Syria A number of Free Syrian Army units have arrived in Kobane to assist Kurdish YPG forces in their struggle against IS. The two groups have joined forces directly on the frontlines and now fight side-by-side.

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Inside Kobane (Video)
Kobane
By Shirwan Qasim
27 Oct 2014

Kobane, Syria

This video shows the destruction inside Kobane after weeks of ISIS siege. Conditions in the city are dire as medications are not available. All Kurdish fighters in the city are volunteers. This footage was shot on Kobane's eastern front, approximately 400 meters from the nearest ISIS position.

Male YPG Fighter:

"Nobody can beat the Kurdish population. I want to ensure the Kurds that no power can take Kobane, or evict us from Kobane. We will not allow anyone to enter our land. If we lose our land, we lose our dignity and honor."

Injured Child:

"ISIS have attacked us from the telecommunication tower. My mother and I were going to get water, and we were attacked by snipers."

A female fighter from the women protection unit of the YPG:

"I joined the women protection unit to protect my people and my country."

"The criminals who are attacking our homes, our children, and our siblings have taken everything in the city and left nothing for us. I ask all the men who left the city to return to it and defend it. I invite them to carry their weapons because each and every one of us is entitled to do something for Kobane."

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The Kurdish 'Saturday Mothers'
Istanbul
By Piero Castellano
18 Oct 2014

October 18, 2014
Istanbul, Turkey

For 299 Saturdays Ersoy Tan, a 41 year old Turkish journalist from Istanbul, has photographed the same thing: protest held by the mothers of Kurdish men who disappeared during Turkey's 'Dirty War' against the Kurdish PKK in the 1980's and 1990's. His photos of Turkey’s dark legacy can help to explain its puzzling attitude over the fate of a Kurdish border town in Syria, sieged by ISIS terrorists while the world holds its breath.

Every Saturday a group of women, some in black, some in traditional Kurdish attire, gather at noon on the iconic Galatasaray square, in Istanbul. Each woman carries a placard with a portrait, a name, and a date: that of their children or husbands, with the date when they were arrested by security forces or snatched by unknown men in civilian clothes. Many of them were never seen again, the others were found dead, some with signs of torture.

“Most people don’t know what really happened. I didn’t know. But peace is the only solution, and to have peace we have to seek Justice.” The 498th meeting was focused on the ongoing siege of the Syrian-Kurdish town, with a press statement urging its relief. On October 25th, the 500th meeting will be a huge demonstration.

Ersoy will be there: “We want to make sure that everybody knows what happened, and that it will never happen again.”

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Inside Kobane
Kobane
By Shirwan Qasim
18 Oct 2014

Kobane, Syria
October 18-22, 2014

As the battle for Kobane rages, one journalist smuggled himself into the besieged battle zone get a first hand look at the destruction wrought on the this small, but strategically important Syrian city.

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Kobani
By hoger
17 Oct 2014

October 17, 2014
Kurdish training camp located between Qamishli and Kobane, Syria

Kurdish women who signed up for a military training camp to defend their towns from ISIS, speak about the reasons why they decided to join the Kurdish Peoples Protection Unit (YPG). Most are motivated by a desire to help repel ISIS attacks on their homes. They speak also about their lives in the camp.

Note that any woman who joins the force is given a new name, different from her original.

Shot list:

Fighters training (both women and men)
Interview with female fighters
Female fighters eating lunch
Female fighters shooting
Kurdish female fighter at checkpoint
Photos of fighters who lost their lives in the conflicts
Female fighters marching

Sound Bites:

(02:38) Naline, a 19-year-old fighter from al-Qamishli: I was a school student, every time I went to school I felt fear, so I quit temporarily to defend my land and country, to protect my friends from the fear that I felt and to help people live in safety and security. I sacrificed my future to help build other's (02:45).

نالين (19 سنة) من قرى ريف القامشلي تقول: "كنت طالبة، وكنت اذهب دائما الى مدرستي والخوف ينتابني لذلك تركت المدرسة مؤقتا كي ادافع عن ارضي ووطني وازيل الخوف عن صديقاتي الاخريات ولكي ينعم الناس جميعا بالامان". وتضيف: "ضحيت بمستقبلي كي أبني مستقبل غيري".

(01:25) Zaline, a 21-year-old fighter: We carried our weapons and went to the front to fight ISIS, our enemy. They fear our weapons and are shocked by our strength. Life here is not ordinary, you do not find the lies, the betrayal and the hypocrisy you find in a normal life. Here you find true friendship. We want everyone to know that a woman is not different to a man when it comes to defending her country. We ask women all over the world not to underestimate themselves and believe that they are able to accomplish anything (02:00).

زالين (21 سنة) المقاتلة تقول: "حملنا السلاح لنقاتل في جبهة واحدة، يدا بيد. العدو المتمثل بتنظيم "داعش" وغيره (من المجموعات) يخشى سلاحنا وقد تفاجأ بقوتنا. الحياة هنا تختلف عن الحياة العادية، فهنا لا يوجد كذب أو نفاق أو خيانة. هنا، تفتدي (كل مقاتلة) الأخريات بروحها، والصداقة موجودة بأسمى صورها ومعانيها. نريد ان يقتنع الجميع بأن المرأة لا تقل عن الرجل في ما يخص الدفاع عن الوطن، كما نطالب نساء العالم جميعا بألا يقللن من شأن أنفسهن، وأن يقتنعن بأن المراة باستطاعتها فعل أي شيء".

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Kobane: FSA Faction Joins Fight Again...
Kobane
By TTM Contributor 4
05 Oct 2014

October 5-6, 2014
Kobane, Syria

The frontlines in the city of Kobani/Ain al-Arab where several FSA battalions have a arrived from different fronts to fight along side the Kurdish fighters defending the city against IS. This footage was shot on the edges and inside the city of Kobane on the 5th and 6th of October, 2014.

Shot List
1- statement of formation of the joint operations room under the name of Tigris Volcano
2- shot if fighters from the Al kasas Army
3- shots of clashes between Al Kasas army and IS
4- shot of a fighter firing an RPG during the clashes
4- shots of clashes with light and medium weapons
5- shots of fighters from Al Kasas army heading to the clashes area
6- shots of snipers and sniper activity
7- shots of clashes with IS

interviews and transcripts:

00:03-00:27 "In the name of God, the merciful, the almighty, he said: 'be united under God and do not be dispersed. Remember God's graces, for you are only enemies if you are so in your heart, but with God's grace you will be brothers.' The formation of a joint operations room under the name of Tigris Volcano is meant to stand against the injustice of the Baghdadi Mobs (IS)."

01:40-01:52 (Abu Abdallah) Commander of the Al Kasas battalion: "This is the formation of a unified operations room is meant to merge and organize operations. Of course, as he said in the statement, we are going to liberate Menbej, Raqqa and it's outskirts in the direction of Deir Ez Zour, God willing."

01:52-02:40 (Abu Abdallah) Commander of the Al Kasas battalion: "Of course the city of Ain al-Arab is a Syrian city and it's people are Syrian. We are fighting on Syrian soil and protecting the Syrian people. We are like those fighting in Qalamoun and Deraa and Ghouta, Idlib and Aleppo. God forbid, if we are forced to do a certain thing [retreat], we will go to another place and deploy our forces in more than one place and we will fight them everywhere. We will fight them to the last breath.
We have not received any support from the the government, or the Coalition, or the FSA, or their joint staff, or anyone at all. Be it through men, or gear or ammunition, we have not received anything at all, as if we are not part of the FSA

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Syrian Refugees in Turkey Colour 17
kobane
By Ulrik Pedersen
26 Sep 2014

View of Syria from Turkey. Syrians are not allowed to take cars, trucks or animals across the border, so they try to stay safe by being close to the border. ISIS are less than 1 km away from the border. Kobane Valley, Syria.

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Syrian Refugees in Turkey Colour 18
mursitpinar
By Ulrik Pedersen
26 Sep 2014

A woman looking after a baby in a refugee tent near the Syrian border. Mursitpinar, Turkey.

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Syrian Refugees in Turkey Colour 12
mursitpinar
By Ulrik Pedersen
25 Sep 2014

Syrians shuffle between Turkey and Kobane. Many of those who fled Kobane make multiple trips back and forth from Turkey during moments of calm in order to collect as many of their belongings as possible. This women is heading back into Syria. No one is sure if the Kurdish YPG forces will be able to hold IS at bay. Mursitpinar, Turkey.

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Mother, Child, and Kalashnikov
Kobane
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Sep 2014

A Syrian women from Kobane with her child and AK-47 Assault Rifle on the Turkish-Syrian border, near Kobane. Thousands of Syrians from Kobane fled the ISIS assault on their city for the nearby sanctuary of Turkey. Across Iraq and Syria women are taking up arms against ISIS.

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Kobane Refugees in Risky Game of Back...
Suruc, Kobane
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Sep 2014

September 24-26, 2014
Suruc, Turkey; Kobane, Syria

Syrian-Kurdish refugees from the border town of Kobane are continue to shuffle to and from Turkey, returning to Kobane in moments of calm, and fleeing again as the Islamic State (IS) group pushes closer to the center of town. Turkish authorities have at times sealed the border, leading to clashes between refugees and Turkish police.

According to Turkish authorities, the number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group's advance across northeastern Syria has hit 140,000.The head of Turkey's AFAD disaster management agency, Fuat Oktay, said the figure is the result of Syrians escaping the area near the Syrian border town of Kobane, where fighting has raged between IS and Kurdish fighters since September 18.

Clashes broke out between refugees and Turkish forces on September 26, as refugees destroyed the border fence from inside Turkey to help their fellow Syrians escape. Turkish security forces replied with tear gas, paint pellets, and water cannons.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State group has taken control of 64 villages in northeastern Syria. It says that the fate of 800 Kurds from these villages is unknown, adding that the Islamic State group executed 11 civilians, including two boys.

Western forces bombed IS troops outside Kobane, but without proper weapons, the Kurds might not be able to hold the city much longer.

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Kobane Refugees in Risky Game of Back...
Suruc, Kobane
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Sep 2014

September 24-26, 2014
Suruc Turkey; Kobane, Syria

Syrian-Kurdish refugees from the border town of Kobane are continue to shuffle to and from Turkey, returning to Kobane in moments of calm, and fleeing again as IS pushes closer to the center of town. Turkish authorities have at times sealed the border, leading to clashes between refugees and Turkish police.

According to Turkish authorities, the number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group's advance across northeastern Syria has hit 140,000.The head of Turkey's AFAD disaster management agency, Fuat Oktay, said the figure is the result of Syrians escaping the area near the Syrian border town of Kobane, where fighting has raged between IS and Kurdish fighters since September 18.

Clashes broke out between refugees and Turkish forces on September 26, as refugees destroyed the border fence from inside Turkey to help their fellow Syrians escape. Turkish security forces replied with tear gas, paint pellets, and water cannons.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State group has taken control of 64 villages in northeastern Syria. It says that the fate of 800 Kurds from these villages is unknown, adding that the Islamic State group executed 11 civilians, including two boys.

Western forces bombed ISIS troops outside Kobane, but without proper weapons, the Kurds might not be able to hold the city much longer.

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Inside Kobane: Prices Surge and Secur...
Kobane ('Ayn al Arab)
By Abdu al-Fadel
10 Aug 2014

August 10, 2014
"Mahlya Market", Kobane (Ayn Al Arab), Syria

"Mahlya" market is a clothing market in the center of the Syrian-Kurdish city of Kobane ('Ayn al Arab). With the city under IS siege, we visited the market to find out how life has been affected by the IS threat.

In the market, we meet the owner of a cosmetics and bridal shop. Also, we meet "Bahzad," the owner of a men's clothing store. Footage includes various shots of the main market, where meat and vegetables are sold.

(00:23) Shop owner 1: "Everything is really expensive here, even the taxis are now charging more than before. Plus, roads are no longer safe, you can never know what will happen to you when you're in your car; ISIS might seize you and steal your car and money." (00:57)

(00:57) "For example, the price of the tomatoes rose from 35 SYP [$0.20] to 140 [$0.85], bananas from 65 SYP to 225, oranges were 15 SYP now 50, whereas the apple prices were 50 SYP [$0.30] now the prices are 175 SYP [$1.05]. (01:15)

(01:53) Shop owner 2: "We used to get our goods from Aleppo back in the times when the infrastructure was good. We were able to call our merchants and ask them to ship us specific products for our shops. Now the situation is very bad, we can't ship from Aleppo anymore because of the bad roads. Our situation became even worse when we were put under siege. It's causing us four times more to transport the goods." (02:31)

(03:16) Shop owner 3: "The situation is very hard now. For the past 3 years, the roads to Turkey and Aleppo are blocked and we can't get new products to sell. Plus, the roads are dangerous, you can never know what to expect on the road; you might get captured and kidnapped, and treated in a very bad way (03:47).

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Exclusive Video of Aftermath of Alleg...
Kobani, Syria
By TTM Contributor 9
22 Jul 2014

Kobani, Syria

July 22, 2014

This video shows victims of an alleged chemical attack by ISIS on Kurdish fighters

near Kobani, Syria on July 18 and 19, 2014.

Transterra Media cannot confirm the use of chemical weapons.

At the time, the official spokesperson of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG)

Redur Khalil and the Health Minister of the Kobani Canton Dr. Na’ssan Ahmad said that they believed that chemical or biological agents were used.

In the video, what appear to be burns are visible on the bodies of two males wearing military fatigues at a hospital in Kobani.

Dr. Ahmad said that he and his colleagues inspected the bodies and found signs of burning but no bullet wounds or other similar war injuries.

Interviews:

Interview with the People’s Protection Units (YPG) official spokesperson Redur Khalil (Arabic)

00:56 ISIS’s use of chemical and biological weapons in the city of Kobani – in its war on the city of Kobani – is a very sensitive issue and we don’t want to anticipate events.

01:10 The indices that appeared and the traces on the bodies of martyrs and the wounded definitely show that ISIS used unconventional weapons.

01:30 There is a probability that these were chemical and biological weapons.

01:34 A committee of specialized physicians was formed in the Jazeera Canton [autonomous Kurdish district in northeast Syria] and it conducted necessary procedures and medical tests.

01:43 It was proven that ISIS has used biological weapons in its war on Kobani. However, the type of the weapons has not been determined, due to the limited means of the medical labs in the canton and the siege imposed on the city of Kobani.

02:09 There are unremitting attempts by the assigned medical committee as well as calls for [human] rights groups and aid organisations to head to Kobani to supervise this operation and analyze the substance that was used by ISIS in its war on Kobani.

02:32 The medical committee is now carrying out its duties.

02:39 The traces left by [these] weapons include burns on bodies that were not hit by bullets or bomb shrapnel. They were blue and white burns.

03:01 In some places where ISIS used these weapons, YPG members could smell a very weird odor. The smell was not that of gunpowder or explosives, which shows that the weapons used against Kobani in these locations were unconventional.

Interview with Health Minister of Kobani Canton Dr. Na’ssan Ahmad (Kurdish)

03:48 – 04:29

We have experienced war conditions for a while and we have seen a lot of injured people and martyrs, but [until now] we have not seen bodies that were burnt and not wounded.

The bodies had burns on the hands and legs [and other] exposed parts. We do not know what this substance is, because we do not have the necessary means [to analyze it].

In the future, it could be possible to conduct some tests to determine the kind of the substance that was used.

My colleagues who assisted me and I, in my capacity as a supervising physician, came to the conclusion that this substance was chemical and internationally banned.

Shot list:

00:00 – 00:39

The bodies of dead YPG fighters show skin burns but not wounds. The bodies were filmed at the Amal Hospital in Kobani.

03:29 – 03:47

Medical staff and an officer in military fatigues stand near the bodies of two dead fighters at the Amal Hospital in Kobani.

04:30 – 05:17

Close shots of a dead fighter’s body show burns on the face, arms.