A Kurdish female fighter of the People's Protection Units (YPG) looks on at a training camp in al-Qahtaniyah, known to Kurds as al-Darbassiyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border on February 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DELIL SULEIMAN
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