Members of YPG take position in a classroom in the village of Maaruf near the northeastern city of Hassakeh.
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In two districts of Syria's Hassakeh city, Kurdish fighters and regime forces rest before returning to battle ISIS, a shared enemy being fought jointly for the first time.Although the two forces are fighting in different parts of the northeastern city, where control is divided between the Kurds and the government, both are necessary to defeat the militants.The capital of Hassakeh province has been spared much of the violence of Syria's conflict, and control of the city has been shared between Kurdish and regime forces for several years now.Inside the city, government troops have also advanced.According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, army forces and Kurdish fighters have almost totally encircled ISIS in the southern part of Hassakeh. Despite sharing control of the city for several years, never before have the regime and Kurds in Hassakeh come together to fight ISIS.
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