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YPG and FSA Fighters on the Outskirts...
Tal Abiyad, Syria
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Kurdish Army and Free Syrian Army fighters gather on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad while the battle to wrestle the frontier town from ISIS remains underway. The offensive launched by the fighting groups was eventually successful with anti-ISIS forces taking full control of the town. 

Tal Abiyad was a strategic conduit for supplies going to the Islamic State Group's self-declared capital of Raqqa. By capturing the town, YPG and FSA forces dealt a strategic blow to ISIS' hold on northereastern Syria 

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Free Syrian Army fighters, who coordinated the offensive with the Kurdish YPG, pray beside a river in the vicinity of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Free Syrian Army fighters patrol the areas around Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Fighters relax against a combat embankment on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Kurdish YPG fighters with an improvised armored vehicle on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Female Kurdish YPG fighters relax on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Male and Female Kurdish YPG fighters gather on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Fighters keep watch of the area in the vicinity of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

A female Kurdish YPG fighters watches the battle of Tal Abiyad unfold in the distance.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

An anti-ISIS fighter photographs a destroyed ISIS sign on a road on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Kurdish YPG fighters pose for a photo on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Ukraine, On the border
Ukraine
By Nicola Bertasi
01 Apr 2014

U Okraina literally means “On the border”. A frontier territory which for hundreds of years has been a bridge between Europe and Russia. Former home of the Rus of Kiev, Ukraine was divided, reassembled, then divided again, enduring centuries of Russian, Austro-Hungarian, Polish, Romanian and Turkish influence. Following the thread of news these days, western Ukraine seems to be in revolt against claims of Russian in uence over the region. Testimonies paint a far more complex reality where differing visions and lifestyles coexist. While the educated classes of Lviv claim proximity to Europe, in the rural, agricultural region of Chernivtsi, bordering Moldavia and Romania, people reveal a multi- ethnicity where few speak the Ukrainian language and ethnic origins have never been a real problem. Our journey takes us to Kiev, Lviv, Chernivitsi and Costiceni. One thing is certain: while the attention of world press focuses on trying to understand if Ukraine should look east or west, the country’s economic situation is disastrous, corruption has spread for decades and the growth of nationalism with the specter of war worries many. U Okraina truly is “on the border” and perhaps there’s no other way to define it.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
20 Jun 2013

Kurdish YPG fighters at a position on the edge of Tal Abiyad.

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Ukraine, On the Border
Chernivtsi
By Nicola Bertasi
07 Oct 2010

An old Lada outside the Chernivtsi train station
Une vieille Lada devant la gare de Chernivtsi

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Ukraine, On the Border
Chernivtsi
By Nicola Bertasi
07 Oct 2010

The Ukrainian landscape is dotted with old abandoned Soviet factories, cultivated elds and large forests of white Birch. Every now and then,
like a lighthouse, a silvery dome from an Orthodox church rises up receiving the faint re ections of sunlight.