For the past five years, VICE News journalists have been on the ground in Syria documenting the rebel struggle, civilian suffering, and the rise of the Islamic State.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that aircraft from the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition bombed a Syrian village on Monday leaving dozens dead, including seven children and four women.
With IS pushed back from Hasakah's southern outskirts, VICE News follows the YPG as they become masters of areas of the city that until a few weeks ago had always been held by the Syrian regime.
VICE News followed a YPG detachment on a night operation, providing support to advancing Kurdish forces against IS fighters, under waves of constant airstrikes from both the coalition and the Syrian regime's air force.
VICE News secures exclusive access to YPG fighters as they clear the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah of Islamic State militants.
Ivana Hoffman, 19, is the third Westerner to die fighting with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). Her death came amid a row over the friendly fire killing of Canadian soldier in Iraqi Kurdistan.
It’s really a neighborhood watch, albeit with arrest powers and automatic weapons. Its members patrol towns and cities where people—mostly Kurds, but also Christians and Sunni Arabs—are locked in a brutal struggle against Islamist militants.