Smoke rises on the Syrian side of the border in Hassa, near Hatay, southern Turkey, as Turkish jet fighters hit People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions. Photograph:  Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week a young British woman, Anna Campbell, died while fighting Turkish forces with the YPJ, an all-female Kurdish militia protecting the city of (...)

Free Syrian Army fighters hold Turkish and Syrian flags at the Kurdish legislative council building after capturing the city of Afrin from Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) forces, in northern Syria. Photograph: Aref Tammawi/EPA

The Turkish military and allied Syrian forces have taken “total” control of the town centre of Afrin, the target of an offensive against the Kurdish m(...)

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters are seen in Khaldieh village in eastern of Afrin, Syria March 10, 2018. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Turkey’s military and its rebel allies have encircled the northern Syrian town of Afrin, the Turkish armed forces said on Tuesday. It marks a substa(...)

Syria conflict: Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters near the city of Afrin as smoke billows from a reported Kurdish People’s Protection Units location. Photograph: Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP/Getty

Turkish warplanes struck pro-government forces in the northwestern Syrian region of Afrin on Saturday, killing at least 36 soldiers, as Turkey’s assau(...)

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces. The militia is dominated by the Kurdish group known as  YPG, which the United States regards as its most reliable partner in the area. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/the New York Times

They seek to sweep away borders and establish a stateless society. Their female fighters struggle and die beside male comrades. Their leftist, anti-Is(...)

Smoke rises from the Syria’s Afrin region. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday, the army said, after Turkey launched artillery and air strikes on a US-ba(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: said it was his government’s “duty to drown this terrorist force before it is born”. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has accused the US of forming a “terrorist army” that it was Turkey’s duty to “drown”, after Washington anno(...)

Iraqi Army soldiers   celebrate  gains   against Islamic State militants   in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, on Sunday. Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

Three years ago, a black-clad cleric named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ascended a mosque pulpit in the Iraqi city of Mosul and addressed the world as leader (...)

Esra Özakça poses with pictures of her husband, Semih, a primary school teacher, and university lecturer Nuriye Gülmen, who are both in prison and on hunger strike in Turkey. They were arrested after a prolonged protest over their dismissals in the crackdown that followed last July’s attempted  coup. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Esra Özakça’s husband Semih passed his 100th day on hunger strike this week. Sick with worry, and angry, on May 21st she joined him. Every day she cal(...)

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters in the north of Raqqa, Syria. Photograph:  Rodi Said/Reuters

Kurdish and Arab forces backed by the US have entered Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, setting the stage for what could be a months-long cam(...)

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