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2.15.19

An Interview with Two Recently Captured ISIS Prisoners

The world wants to wash its hands of the people who have escaped the Islamic State.

2.23.18

We Shared a Prison Cell with an Isis Fighter

The story of Robert Daw and Rae Lewis-Ayling, who travelled to Iraq to help build the utopian Rojava, but ended up in prison for 40 days.

6.2.17

Greek Anarchists Are Helping Kurdish Forces Fight ISIS

They're allegedly training in guerrilla warfare in order to use similar tactics in the fight against the system at home.

10.8.14

London’s Kurds Marched to Convince the World to Save Their Homeland from the Islamic State

The demonstrators were furious that the international community has so far seemed unconcerned with the fate of their people.

2.4.14

Syria's Christian Minority Are Fighting Back

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.

1.21.14

Photographs from Rojava: Syria's Unknown War

On the frontline of the battle between Kurdish fighters and jihadist rebels.

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12.24.13

Rojava: Syria's Unknown War

As Syria’s bloody civil war enters its third year, fighting has reached the country’s Kurdish-dominated northeast. In September of 2013, VICE crossed the border into Syria’s Kurdish region to document the Kurdish Party YPG’s counteroffensive against...

11.4.13

Jihadists or Boredom? The Choices Aren't Great for Syria's Kurdish Refugees

Kawrgosk, Syria is home to thousands of trapped Kurds fleeing from the interminable civil war raging in the region. They struggle to get by in massive tent cities that have developed their own economy and culture separate from the war around them.

10.29.13

Meet the Kurdish Female Freedom Fighters of Syria

Women fighters are carrying on the revolution in Syria—and trying to keep Islamic militants at bay. “If I see a Jihadist," Avesta, a 27-year-old female sniper told me on a recent trip to the war-torn town of Ras al-Ayn, "I will shoot him. Otherwise, I...