Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes Kurds, Arabs and Syriac Christians, monitor the countryside of the northeastern town of Al-Hol, in the Syrian Hassakeh province, on November 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN
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