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Payoffs, Creativity Keep Syrian Kurdish Market Stocked

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At first glance, the busy market in this Kurdish city in northeastern Syria looks much like it has for decades. Everything is available, from vegetables and fruits to cigarettes and shoes. Shoppers bargain with merchants for a cheaper price. But in these difficult days, when war rages just miles away, getting a bargain is improbable. “The prices are extremely high, I can’t afford it,” said an Arab woman from Aleppo, who has been living in Qamishli since she fled the fighting in her...

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