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Retrospective
The Kurdish fight against Islamic State - Sort by:
The Kurdish fight against Islamic State
Archival images of Kurdish involvement in the campaign against Islamic State.

The Kurdish YPG is the main fighting element of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which have acted as the principal allies of the United States in a campaign that recaptured territory held by the Islamic State group.

The SDF now holds most of the territory that once made up Islamic State's "caliphate" in Syria, and has been keeping thousands of Islamic State fighters in jail and tens of thousands of their family members in camps.
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28 Jan. 2014
Members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG)... more
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28 Jan. 2014
RAS AL AIN, Syria
Members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) carry coffins of their fellow fighters, who were killed in clashes with the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), during their funeral in al-Manajeer village of Ras al-Ain countryside January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CONFLICT)
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28 Jan. 2014
A female member of the Kurdish People's Protection... more
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12 Aug. 2014
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing... more
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21 Aug. 2014
Peshmerga fighters stand guard at Mosul Dam in northern... more
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16 Oct. 2014
A Kurdish refugee from the Syrian town of Kobani shows... more
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18 Oct. 2014
Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike,... more
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18 Oct. 2014
Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike,... more
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23 Oct. 2014
Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town... more
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4 Nov. 2014
Syrian fighters fire a machinegun against Islamic State... more
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7 Nov. 2014
One of the older sisters of Perwin Mustafa Dihap, a... more
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8 Nov. 2014
Kurdish refugees from the Syrian town of Kobani prepare... more
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27 Jan. 2015
People gather to celebrate in the Kurdish-dominated... more
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3 Feb. 2015
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25 Feb. 2015
A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units... more
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29 Apr. 2015
A female Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighter sleeps... more
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29 Apr. 2015
A female Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighter stands... more
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16 Jun. 2015
Kurdish fighters gesture while carrying their parties'... more
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11 Nov. 2015
A Kurdish female fighter from the People's Protection... more
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16 Nov. 2015
A groom holds his bride's hand as they pose near a... more
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2 Mar. 2016
Relatives carry pictures of fighters from the Kurdish... more
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12 Aug. 2016
A Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter comforts a... more
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12 Aug. 2016
A Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter helps civilians... more
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14 Aug. 2016
Military vehicles of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces are... more
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27 Oct. 2016
A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter looks through a Milan missile... more
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1 Nov. 2016
A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter looks over Mosul from his... more
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8 Mar. 2017
A Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter stands near... more
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13 May. 2017
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) women fighters run with... more
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12 Jun. 2017
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters stand amid... more
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16 Jun. 2017
A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units... more
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16 Jun. 2017
Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units... more
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4 Dec. 2017
A Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter sits as medics... more
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18 Jun. 2017
A female Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection... more
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23 Jun. 2017
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters sit next to... more
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3 Jul. 2017
A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units... more
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9 Aug. 2017
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces advance toward... more
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9 Aug. 2017
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) female fighters sit... more
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11 Aug. 2017
A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces shoots to... more
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16 Aug. 2017
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the... more
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25 Sep. 2017
A fighter from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) takes... more
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17 Oct. 2017
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters ride atop military... more
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4 Dec. 2017
Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units... more
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4 Dec. 2017
A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces calls his... more
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4 Dec. 2017
Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between... more
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11 Mar. 2019
A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gestures... more
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11 Mar. 2019
Flares are seen in the sky during fighting in the Islamic... more
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23 Mar. 2019
A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) holds her... more
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28 Mar. 2019
Kurdish female fighters of the Women's Protection Unit... more
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