A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) mans a mounted machine gun in the Al-Nashwa neighbourhood in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakeh on July 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN
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Western states have provided counterterrorism training in Syria to Kurdish security forces that are battling ISIS, the head of the force said, in a significant expansion of support to the Kurdish administration in northern Syria.The internal security force, known as the Asayish, is part of the Kurdish administration that has emerged in areas of northern Syria where the Damascus-based state has lost control since the eruption of the Syrian war in 2011 .The training signals a new level of backing from Western governments for the Syrian Kurdish administration, the growing power of which has alarmed neighboring Turkey which has its own Kurdish insurgency.At the same time the Syrian Kurds say they are in dire need of support to secure newly captured areas from ISIS infiltration.The Kurdish administration's recent territorial gains include the city of Hasaka, which was divided into zones controlled by the Syrian government and the Kurds until an ISIS attack in June.
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