Kurdish People Protection Units (YPG)

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Photo by @hfwh for @burndiary. Photo: Kurdish People Protection Units (YPG) fighters’ weapons rest on a ledge at a frontline position in their battle against The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in Rojava Syria. As Assad’s regime has continued to battle rebel factions across much of eastern Syria, they have essentially relinquished control of northeastern Syria and left Kurdish forces to take responsibility for the region, govern and defend themselves. During the past year the YPG has successfully pushed ISIS out of many Kurdish territories in Rojava and fortified their borders against incursions. Despite YPG and Ashayish (Kurdish police forces) attempts at maintaining peace in the region, suicide bombings and attacks from ISIS persist.

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