A Syrian Kurdish fighter rides in a military vehicle in the town of Bashiqa, after it was recaptured from the Islamic State, east of Mosul, Iraq, November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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Days after helping to capture the Iraqi town of Bashiqa northeast of Mosul, Syrian Kurdish fighters walk proudly past the corpses of Daesh (ISIS) combatants still lying in the ruins.Fighting alongside Iraqi troops, Shiite militias and Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters, they believe they can win the battle for Mosul, the militants' last big city stronghold in Iraq.Gen. Mohammad Rashed, the leader of the Rojava Brigade, told Reuters in Bashiqa.However, speaking regretfully of the situation in Syria, he said: "We made several attempts to go back". Like about 20 percent of the men under his command, Rashed once served as an officer in the Syrian army. The head of the Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria accused the Iraqi Kurdish authorities earlier this year of imposing a siege on Rojava by closing their border, saying the Iraqi Kurds were acting in collusion with Turkey against them.Since 2014, when Daesh swept through northern Iraq, 41 members of the Rojava Brigade have been killed and 200 have been wounded.
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