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A relative mourns over the grave of a YPG fighter, who was killed during previous clashes with Islamic State fighters, inside a cemetery in the countryside of the town of Derbasiyeh...A relative mourns over the grave of a Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter, who was killed during previous clashes with Islamic State fighters,  inside a cemetery in the countryside of the town of Derbasiyeh, west of the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli

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A relative mourns over the grave of a fighter from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units killed during clashes with Isis fighters near the town of Derbasiyeh, west of the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli

TOPSHOTS Syrian Kurdish refugees gather ...TOPSHOTS Syrian Kurdish refugees gather around fire in a refugee camp in Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on November 11

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Syrian Kurdish refugees gather around fire in a refugee camp in Suruc, Sanliurfa province, Turkey 

A woman cries during the funeral of a Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter in Suruc, Turkish southeastern Sanliurfa province, on November 6, 2014. Turkey is pursuing a delicate but dangerous strategy after allowing peshmerga fighters to transit its soil to the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, fearing Kurdish domination of northern Syria but also risking the collapse of the peace process with Turkish Kurds.

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A woman cries during the funeral of a Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighter in Suruc, Turkish southeastern Sanliurfa province, on Thursday

TOPSHOTS Kurdish protesters are pictured...TOPSHOTS Kurdish protesters are pictured in a street on October 7, 2014 in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir during a demonstration to demand more western intervention against Islamic State militants (IS) in Syria and Iraq. Fresh air strikes by the US-led coalition hit positions held by Islamic State jihadists in the southwest of the key Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab, know as Kobane by the Kurds, according to an AFP journalist just across the border in Turkey. The strikes came a day after the extremists pushed into Kobane, seizing three districts in the city's east after fierce street battles with its Kurdish defenders. AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGINIL YAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images

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Kurdish protesters in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir demand increased western intervention against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis). Fresh air strikes by the US-led coalition hit positions held by Isis jihadis nearby in the key Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab, according to an AFP journalist 

Syrian Kurdish refugee sleeps on the ground on the Turkish-Syrian border near town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province... A Syrian Kurdish refugee sleeps on the ground just outside the border fence on the Turkish-Syrian border, near the town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province September 23, 2014. More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing an advance by Islamic State militants have crossed into Turkey in the past three days and the authorities are preparing for more, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.   REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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A Syrian Kurdish refugee sleeps on the ground near the town of Suruç in the Sanliurfa province of Turkey, near the border with Syria

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position

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Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position as they monitor the area from their front line position in Bashiqa, a town 13 kilometres north-east of Mosul on Tuesday

An Iraqi woman holds her exhausted son as over 1000 Iraqis who have fled fighting in and around the city of Mosul and Tal Afar wait at a Kurdish checkpoint in the hopes of entering a temporary displacement camp on July 1, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq. The families, many with small and sick children, had no shelter and little water and food. The displacement camp Khazair is now home to an estimated 1,500 internally displaced persons (IDP's) with the number rising daily. Tens of thousands of people have fled Iraq's second largest city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants. Many have been temporarily housed at various IDP camps around the region including the area close to Erbil, as they hope to enter the safety of the nearby Kurdish region.

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An Iraqi woman holds her son as more than 1,000 Iraqis who have fled fighting in and around the city of Mosul and Tal Afar wait at a Kurdish checkpoint in the hopes of entering a temporary displacement camp on Tuesday in Khazair, Iraq

US Secretary of State John Kerry boards

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US Secretary of State John Kerry boards a cargo plane at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman on Tuesday on his way to Kurdish territories in the north of Iraq for a second day of talks with Iraqi leaders about the increasing insurgent crisis as cities continue to fall to rebel-led groups.

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