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A Syrian boy eats bread as he sits on a street in the town of Tal Abyad, on the border with Turkey, on Friday, some ten days after the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) seized the key transit point for Islamic State (IS) group fighters

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A Syrian boy eats bread as he sits on a street in the town of Tal Abyad, on the border with Turkey, on Friday, some ten days after the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) seized the key transit point for Islamic State (IS) group fighters

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 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 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

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

Kurdish women shout slogans during the funeral of a  YPG (People's Protection Units) fighter in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on October 14, 2014. Attacking Islamic State jihadists met firm Kurdish resistance in the Syrian battleground town of Kobane on Sunday, as neighbouring Turkey heeded pressure to intervene and handed the US access to its air bases.

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Kurdish women shout slogans during the funeral of a YPG (People’s Protection Units) fighter in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province. Attacking Islamic State jihadists met firm Kurdish resistance in the Syrian battleground town of Kobani on Tuesday

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