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A 67-year-old man from Canada and a 40-year-old from the UK, nick-named by Kurdish fighters as Hewal Zinar and Hewal Cudi, train on the outskirts of the north-western Syrian town of Tal Tamr, north of Hasakeh, near the border with Turkey, as they fight alongside People Protection Unit (YPG) fighters under the commanders, Sider and Gerzan
A man searches for belongings in a damaged car at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces of Syria’s President Assad, at al-Thawra neighborhood in Idlib city, Syria today
A boy carries two children as he evacuates them from a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s al-Fardous district
Children look up at warplanes loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad as rebel fighters try to fire at the planes in Idlib, Syria
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A female Syrian soldier from the Republican Guard commando battalion drives a tank during clashes with rebels in the restive Jobar area, in eastern Damascus.
Opposition fighters sit inside a damaged building in the rebel-held Qastal al-Harami neighbourhood, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
Kurdish men sit by a bonfire near a destroyed building in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab.
Members of a female commando battalion in the Syrian Army sit atop a tank in the government-controlled area of Jobar, a suburb of Damascus. The battalion consists of several hundred female fighters
Men inspect the damage at a site hit by what activists said were two barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s al-Shaar neighbourhood.
A rebel fighter carries his weapon as he walks in front of a rainbow in Ratian village, north of Aleppo, after what the rebels said was an offensive against them by forces loyal to Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad that attempted to advance in the village but failed.
A boy stands on rubble as people try to put out a fire after airstrikes and shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma area of Damascus, Syria
Syrian children react as they wait for treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus, following reported air strikes by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
A fighter of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) stands next to damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani on Friday. Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers’ sights still hang over streets in the Syrian border town of Kobani, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return anytime soon
A mannequin is pictured at a damaged building in the northern Syrian town of Kobani. Sheets meant to shield residents from the snipers’ sights still hang over the streets of this Syrian border town, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return any time soon. Kurdish forces said this week they had taken full control of Kobani, a mainly Kurdish town near the Turkish border, after months of bombardment by Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has spread across Syria and Iraq.
Rebel fighters pray beside the al-Sayyad hill bordering the town of Morek in the northern countryside of Hama in Syria
A Kurdish fighter smiles as he drives a car in the centre of the Syrian border town of Kobani, known as Ain al-Arab, on Wednesday. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier on Tuesday in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq
A wounded Syrian child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel held area of Douma, northeast of the capital Damascus, after he was injured by a reported air strike fired by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
Free Syrian Army snipers dressed in camouflage train in Jabal al-Akrad area in Syria‘s northwestern Latakia province
A Syrian man carries wood for a fire in the rebel-held city of Douma.
Syrians carry water as they walk on a road near their refugee camp, at Ber-Elias village, in Bekaa valley, east Lebanon. Snow fell in the Middle East as a powerful winter storm swept through the region, killing several Syrian refugees in Lebanon and forcing thousands of others who have fled their country civil war to huddle for warmth in refugee camps