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A man takes pictures of civilians lying down to take cover after hearing what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Jisr al-Hajj roundabout in Aleppo

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A man takes pictures of civilians lying down to take cover after hearing shelling in Aleppo on Tuesday

Residents inspect a damaged site after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad in Maarat Al-Nouman, south of Idlib...Residents inspect a damaged site after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad in Maarat Al-Nouman, south of Idlib, May 8, 2015.  REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Residents inspect a damaged site after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria‘s president Bashar Al-Assad in Maarat Al-Nouman, south of Idlib 

 Foreign fighters who joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to fight in their ranks against jihadists and Islamist rebels in northeastern Syria take part in a training session on April 30, 2015 in the south-west Syrian region of Ras al-Ain, close to the Turkish border.    AFP PHOTO / UYGAR ONDER SIMSEKUYGAR ONDER SIMSEK/AFP/Getty Images

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Foreign fighters who joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to fight against jihadists and Islamist rebels in northeastern Syria take part in a training session in the south-west Syrian region of Ras al-Ain, close to the Turkish border

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A man reacts after a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad exploded in Aleppo’s al-Fardous district on Wednesday

A 67-year old man from Canada and a 40-year old from the UK, nick-named by Kurdish fighters as Hewal Zinar (L) 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. International fighters, some of whom are former members of the military and others with zero combat experience came to Syria to help Kurdish forces in their fight against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Since very few YPG fighters speak English, the foreign fighters are mostly assigned together in troops.

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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 Bashar al-Assad, at al-Thawra neighborhood in Idlib city today

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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 ...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 April 2, 2015. REUTERS/Rami Zayat

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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 president Assad in Idlib countryside...Children look up at warplanes loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad in Idlib countryside, as rebel fighters try to fire at the planes, March 26, 2015. Picture taken March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdallah

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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 

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.

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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...Opposition fighters sit inside a damaged building in the rebel-held Qastal al-Harami neighborhood, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on March 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / AMC / ZEIN AL-RIFAIZEIN AL-RIFAI/AFP/Getty Images

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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 near bonfire ne...TOPSHOTS Kurdish men sit near bonfire near a destroyed building, in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/YASIN AKGULYASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images

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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 which is part of the Syrian Army, sit atop of a tank in the government-controlled area of Jobar...Members of a Female Commando Battalion which is part of the Syrian Army, sit atop of a tank in the government-controlled area of Jobar, a suburb of Damascus March 19, 2015. This Battalion consists of several hundred female fighters who have had military training and carry out combat duties. Picture taken during a Syrian Army organised trip. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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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 neighborhood...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 neighborhood February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Rami Zayat (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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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...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 to February 18, 2015. Battles in and around the Syrian city of Aleppo have killed at least 70 pro-government fighters and more than 80 insurgents after the army launched an offensive there, a monitoring group said on Wednesday. Picture taken February 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah    (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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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 what activists said were airstrikes and shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad in Douma...A boy stands on rubble as people try to put out a fire after what activists said were airstrikes followed by shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, February 9, 2015

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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 t...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 on February 2, 2015. More than 200,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict started, and around half of the country's population has been displaced. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANYABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images

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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 January 30, 2015. 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 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.

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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 Kobani...A mannequin is pictured at a damaged building in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  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. Picture taken January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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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

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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 center of the Syrian border town of Kobane, known as Ain al-Arab, on January 28, 2015. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier on January 26 in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq.

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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