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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (13 o...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). A resident looks at what remains of his house after the bombings of Bashar al–Assad’s forces the day before. For a number of weeks now, the city of Rais al Ain has been experiencing a guerilla opposing the Syrian Free Army, the Islamist forces of Jabhat al Nosra (broadly affiliated to the SFA), and the Kurds of the YPG. The bombardments of Bashar al-Assad’s army have killed several persons in the city. Currently, sporadic fighting continues despite of the truce between the different parties.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (12 o...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). A resident looks at what remains of his house after the bombings of Bashar al–Assad’s forces the day before. For a number of weeks now, the city of Rais al Ain has been experiencing a guerilla opposing the Syrian Free Army, the Islamist forces of Jabhat al Nosra (broadly affiliated to the SFA), and the Kurds of the YPG. The bombardments of Bashar al-Assad’s army have killed several persons in the city. Currently, sporadic fighting continues despite of the truce between the different parties.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (11 o...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Young Kurds of the YPG controlling a YPG checkpoint on the road between Qamishlo and Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). Many of the villages that are connected to that road are not under the control of the Kurds. Some of them indeed are inhabited by Arabs, hence the need for checkpoints that are either managed by locals or by the YPG forces.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (10 o...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Machine gun in the colors of Kurdistan belonging to a young Kurd of the YPG. It was found in a checkpoint on the road between Qamishlo and Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). Not all the villages that are connected to that road are controlled by the Kurds since some of them are inhabited by Arabs, hence the need for checkpoints. These checkpoints are managed either by locals or by the YPG forces.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (2 of...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Young Kurds in their twenties who have joined the YPG (Kurdish Armed Forces). They control one of the many checkpoints on the road between Qamishlo and Derik.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (1 of...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Oil patches around the city of Derik. The area is controlled by Syrian Kurds and comprises many oil fields, which makes it a highly strategic zone.

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Kurdish Female Fighters in Syria
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By Mais Istanbuli
07 Dec 2012

Since the start of Syria’s civil war, Kurdish residents have largely avoided fighting in the conflict. However, the end of 2012 witnessed a growing presence of female Kurdish soldiers operating as one of the many factions in the country. Though their official position vis-a-vis the regime and the FSA remains ambiguous, what is clear is that they hold strategic ground in Syria’s resource rich region of Ras Al-Ain.

The young women are mostly in their early twenties and are linked to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), the first Kurdish party in Syria. The party’s greatest opponent is the KDPS (the Kurdish Democratic Party of Syria), which is connected to Iraqi Kurdistan. These political rivalries, added to the strategic status of the resource-rich region and calls for Kurdish autonomy, makes north-east Syria one of the most complex zones of the war.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (24 o...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). YPG fighters Rusha, 27, and Jiha, 18, have been assigned to the last checkpoint between Qamishlo and Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). This checkpoint has been the site of many confrontations between the various armed forces. For a number of weeks now, the city of Ras al Ain has been experiencing a guerilla opposing the Syrian Free Army, the Islamist forces of Jabhat al Nosra (broadly affiliated to the SFA), and the Kurds of the YPG. The bombardments of Bashar al-Assad’s army have killed several persons in the city. Currently, sporadic fighting continues despite of the truce between the different parties.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (23 o...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). YPG fighters Rusha, 27, and Jiha, 18, have been assigned to the last checkpoint between Qamishlo and Serakaniye (Ras al Ain). This checkpoint has been the site of many confrontations between the various armed forces. For weeks now, the city of Ras al Ain has been experiencing a guerilla opposing the Syrian Free Army, the Islamist forces of Jabhat al Nosra (broadly affiliated to the SFA), and the Kurds of the YPG. The bombardments of Bashar al-Assad’s army have killed several persons in the city. Currently, sporadic fighting continues despite of the truce between the different parties.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (22 o...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). Jiha, 21, fighter of the YPG, has been assigned to the last checkpoint between Qamishlo and Serakaniye (Ras al Ain). This checkpoint has been the site of many confrontations between the various armed forces. For weeks now, the city of Ras al Ain has been experiencing a guerilla opposing the Syrian Free Army, the Islamist forces of Jabhat al Nosra (broadly affiliated to the SFA), and the Kurds of the YPG. The bombardments of Bashar al-Assad’s army have killed several persons in the city. Currently, sporadic fighting continues despite of the truce between the different parties.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (21 o...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). YPG fighters Rusha, 27, and Jiha, 18, have been assigned to the last checkpoint between Qamishlo and Serakaniye (Ras al Ain). This checkpoint has been the site of many confrontations between the various armed forces. For weeks now, the city of Ras al Ain has been experiencing a guerilla opposing the Syrian Free Army, the Islamist forces of Jabhat al Nosra (broadly affiliated to the SFA), and the Kurds of the YPG. The bombardments of Bashar al-Assad’s army have killed several persons in the city. Currently, sporadic fighting continues despite of the truce between the different parties.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (20 o...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). Rusha, 27, fighter of the YPG, has been assigned to the last checkpoint between Qamishlo and Serakaniye (Ras al Ain). This checkpoint has been the site of many confrontations between the various armed forces. For weeks now, the city of Ras al Ain has been experiencing a guerilla opposing the Syrian Free Army, the Islamist forces of Jabhat al Nosra (broadly affiliated to the SFA), and the Kurds of the YPG. The bombardments of Bashar al-Assad’s army have killed several persons in the city. Currently, sporadic fighting continues despite of the truce between the different parties.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (19 o...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). Rusha, 27, fighter of the YPG, has been assigned to the last checkpoint between Qamishlo and Serakaniye (Ras al Ain). This checkpoint has been the site of many confrontations between the various armed forces. For a number of weeks now, the city of Ras al Ain has been experiencing a guerilla opposing the Syrian Free Army, the Islamist forces of Jabhat al Nosra (broadly affiliated to the SFA), and the Kurds of the YPG. The bombardments of Bashar al-Assad’s army have killed several persons in the city. Currently, sporadic fighting continues despite of the truce between the different parties.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (18 o...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). Young fighter of the YPG who has been assigned to the last checkpoint between Qamishlo and Serakaniye (Ras al Ain). This checkpoint has been the site of many confrontations between the various armed forces. For weeks now, the city of Ras al Ain has been experiencing a guerilla opposing the Syrian Free Army, the Islamist forces of Jabhat al Nosra (broadly affiliated to the SFA), and the Kurds of the YPG. The bombardments of Bashar al-Assad’s army have killed several persons in the city. Currently, sporadic fighting continues despite of the truce between the different parties.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (17 o...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). Rusha, 27, fighter of the YPG, has been assigned to the last checkpoint between Qamishlo and Serakaniye (Ras al Ain). This checkpoint has been the site of many confrontations between the various armed forces. For weeks now, the city of Ras al Ain has been experiencing a guerilla opposing the Syrian Free Army, the Islamist forces of Jabhat al Nosra (broadly affiliated to the SFA), and the Kurds of the YPG. The bombardments of Bashar al-Assad’s army have killed several persons in the city. Currently, sporadic fighting continues despite of the truce between the different parties.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (15 o...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). Young fighters of the YPG in one of their hideouts. For weeks now, the city of Ras al Ain has been undergoing a guerilla opposing the Syrian Free Army, the Islamist forces of Jabhat al Nosra (broadly affiliated to the SFA), and the Kurds of the YPG. The bombardments of Bashar al-Assad’s army have killed several persons in the city. Currently, sporadic fighting continues despite of the truce between the different parties.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (14 o...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Serekaniye (Ras al Ain). A boy stands on a puddle of water amidst the rubble caused by the bombings of Bashar al-Assad’s forces the day before. For a number of weeks now, the city of Ras al Ain has been undergoing a guerilla opposing the Syrian Free Army, the Islamist forces of Jabhat al Nosra (broadly affiliated to the SFA), and the Kurds of the YPG. The bombardments of Bashar al-Assad’s army have killed several persons in the city. Currently, sporadic fighting continues despite of the truce between the different parties.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (9 of...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Office of a school principal in Derik. Pictures of Bashar al-Assad are still here. Some institutions such as schools still depend on the regime that pays the teachers’ salary.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (8 of...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Market in the city of Derik. The city is now entirely controlled by Kurds who peacefully drove Bashar al-Assad’s forces out of the town. However, the oil, food, and electricity supplies remain very uncertain.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (7 of...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Office of the Syian Kurdish party PYD (Democratic Union Party) in the city of Derik. The PYD, on which the YPG (Kurdish Armed Forces) depends, is the first Kurdish party in Syria. Its greatest rival is the KDPS (Kurdish Democratic Party of Syria), which is connected to the Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (6 of...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Kurdish flag flying in front of the office of the KDPS (Kurdish Democratic Party of Syria), one of the main Kurdish parties (there are 16 parties in total). It is linked to the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party), Barzani’s Iraqi Kurdish party and one of the two parties that control the Iraqi Kurdistan. In Syria, the great rival of the KDPS is the PYD (Democratic Union Party) on which the YPG (Kurdish Armed Forces) depends.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (5 of...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Young Kurds in their twenties who have joined the YPG (Kurdish Armed Forces). They control one of the many checkpoints on the road between Qamishlo and Derik.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (4 of...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Young Kurds in their twenties who have joined the YPG (Kurdish Armed Forces). They control one of the many checkpoints on the road between Qamishlo and Derik.

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Kurdish Women Fighters in Syria (3 of...
Ras Al Ain, Syria
By audeosnowycz
07 Dec 2012

Young Kurds in their twenties who have joined the YPG (Kurdish Armed Forces). They control one of the many checkpoints on the road between Qamishlo and Derik.

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Syrian Youth
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
30 Nov 2012

A Syrian girl leads protestors in Aleppo

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Protestors March past Garbage Heaps
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
30 Nov 2012

Protestors stream by nearly two years of accumulated garbage in Aleppo

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Syrian Youth
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
30 Nov 2012

A Syrian girl leads anti-Assad protesters in Aleppo.

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Syrian Children Lead the Protest
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
30 Nov 2012

Two Syrian children lead the demonstrators chanting anti-Assad slogans.

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A Message For Bashar
Downtown, Beirut, Lebanon
By Roï
17 Nov 2012

A man with a message to the Syrian president asking him to release the Lebanese hostages in the Syrian prisons who've been there for almost 15 years.

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Civilian exodus in Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
29 Oct 2012

A man flees his ravaged neighborhood in Sallahadine in Aleppo after scavenging some of his belongings. The neighborhood had just been retaken by the Free Syrian Army, allowing civilians to come and collect their possessions before fleeing to safer areas.

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Civilian exodus in Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
29 Oct 2012

Civilians can be seen fleeing their neighborhood, Salahaddine, which has been ravaged by fierce fighting. The FSA just retook it from the Syrian Army, and allowed civilians in to retrieve some of their belongings and flee to safer areas of the city.

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FSA fighter carries old man away from...
Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
26 Oct 2012

An FSA fighter carries an elderly man across a street to avoid government sniper fire next to the Karm el-Jabal frontline in Aleppo. The old man, reluctant to let the fighting affect his daily walks, is too slow to avoid the army's sniper, and often gets assistance from the rebels.

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FSA fighter walks through ruins in Al...
Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
24 Oct 2012

An FSA fighter walks through the ruins of buildings that were hit by airstrikes and artillery fire next to the Bustan al-Basha frontline in Aleppo. The entire neighborhood has been ravaged by fighting.

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Aleppo emergency hospital
Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
21 Oct 2012

The body of two civilians are being carried towards the emergency hospital in Aleppo. The two young man were next to a bread factory that was hit by a government airstrike, killing more than 10.

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Bread factory in Aleppo after governm...
Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
21 Oct 2012

A government airstrike killed more than 10 and ruined large supplies of bread. We can see here that the explosion heated the bread and left it ruined and inflated. Some blood can be seen on the left hand side.

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WHAT ALEPPO IS WITNESSING
Aleppo, Syria
By Mais Istanbuli
21 Oct 2012

Daily life for the residents of Aleppo has changed dramatically as they are affected by the conflict which is happening all around them. Members of the FSA patrol the streets while civilians have their lives changed forever.

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Sniper in Aleppo's old city (5 of 5)
Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
20 Oct 2012

A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his sniper rifle in the old city of Aleppo.

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Aleppo Cries (Part 6 of 17)
Aleppo, Syria
By Maamoun
01 Oct 2012

Wounded man in Dal Al Shifa hospital, Al Sha'ar neighborhood, Aleppo.

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Al-Rihaniyya refugee camp in Turkey 41
Antakya, Turkey
By ili21
01 Feb 2012

Antakya, Turkey: January 25, 2012
Al-Rihaniyya, a Syrian refugee camp located in the Turkish town of Antakya near the Syrian border. The camp suffers from constant power cuts due to the snow, which also damaged many tents. About 1500 Syrian refugees live in the camp. An estimated total of 15 000 Syrian refugees has been absorbed by Turkey since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in 2011.
Photo taken on January 23, 2012

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Al Rihania refugee camp in Turkey 42
Antakya, Turkey
By ili21
01 Feb 2012

Antakya, Turkey: January 25, 2012
Al Rihania, a Syrian refugee camp located in the Turkish town of Antakya near the Syrian border. The camp suffers from constant power cuts due to the snow, which also damaged many tents. About 1500 Syrian refugees live in the camp. An estimated total of 15 000 Syrian refugees has been absorbed by Turkey since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in 2011.
PICTURED: A Syrian family living inside the camp. On the sign between the tents is written "Syria"
Photo taken on January 23, 2012