People go through a registration process for new Identification cards at the al-Bab city council offices in the northeast of Aleppo, Syria July 15, 2018. Picture Taken July 15, 2018. REUTERS/ Khalil Ashawi
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Opposition authorities are issuing new ID cards in northern Syria with help from neighboring Turkey, expanding their administration over territory that remains outside President Bashar Assad's expanding area of control. For the many Syrians who lost all forms of identification during the seven-year-long war, the cards stamped with the flag of the anti-Assad opposition represent a step towards leading a normal life again.Al-Bab is part of a 100-kilometer wide piece of territory near Syria's northern border where Turkey carved out a de facto buffer zone in its 2016 "Euphrates Shield" offensive into Syrian territory.The Syrian regime has accused Turkey of pursuing imperial ambitions in northern Syria.Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey.
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