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Women Take on Fighting Role in Syria's Kurdish North

In Syria's northeast, women are taking on unusually prominent roles in Kurdish security forces. On the outskirts of the Kurdish town of Derik, close to the Iraqi border, a billboard displays the photographs of more than 300 Kurdish warriors who have died in the past few months in northeast Syria battling mainly jihadists. In the top left corner, 13 of the snapshots are of women. No other ethnic or religious group in Syria’s brutal two-and-half year civil war has fielded so many...

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