Hasakeh

 A woman poses at a refugee camp housing Iraqi families who fled fighting in the Mosul area on October 17, 2016 in the northeastern town of al-Hol in Syria's Hasakeh province.  The battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from jihadists could unleash a massive humanitarian crisis, potentially pushing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes as winter sets in. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMANDELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images

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A woman poses at a refugee camp housing Iraqi families who fled fighting in the Mosul area in the northeastern town of al-Hol in Syria‘s Hasakeh province. Photo Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty 

A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes Kurds, Arabs and Syriac Christians, monitors the countryside of the northeastern town of Al-Hol, in the Syrian Hasakeh province, at sunset. The SDF said it had launched its first operation against territory controlled by the Islamic State (IS) group in the northeast.

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A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes Kurds, Arabs and Syriac Christians, monitors the countryside of the northeastern town of Al-Hol, in the Syrian Hasakeh province, at sunset

A member of the Kurdish security service sits next to the rubble of the security service headquarters in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on June 28, 2015, days after Islamic State (IS) group targeted the building with an explosive-rigged vehicle. IS seized two neighbourhoods in southern Hasakeh last week in a new attempt to seize the provincial capital, causing tens of thousands of people to flee, according to the United Nations

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A member of the Kurdish security service sits next to the rubble of the security service headquarters in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh, days after Islamic State (IS) group targeted the building with an explosive-rigged vehicle

Fighters of the Kurdish of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) stand in a trench holding a position about 30 kms south of the Kurdish town of Derik (aka al-Malikiyah in Arabic), in northeastern Hasakeh governorate, on the border with Turkey and Iraq. In recent weeks dozens of militants were killed as Kurdish and Arab rebels clashed in Syria's northeastern Hasaka province.

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Fighters from the People’s Protection Units of the Committee for the Protection of the Kurdish People stand in a trench holding a position about 30 kilometres south of the Kurdish town of Derik, in northeastern Hasakeh governorate, on the border with Turkey and Iraq. In recent weeks dozens of militants were killed as Kurdish and Arab rebels clashed in Syria’s northeastern Hasaka province