Inside Kobani

In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 photo, children stand in a trench built for mortar attacks by Islamic State group fighters against the civilians in the buffer zone near the Turkish border in Kobani, Syria. Here, Kurdish fighters backed by small numbers of Iraqi peshmerga forces and Syrian rebels, are locked in what they see as an existential battle against the Islamic State group, who swept into their town in mid-September as part of a summer blitz after the Islamic State group overran large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq. But the battle comes with an onerous price for the town’s residents. While most managed to flee across the nearby border with Turkey, some 2,000 Kurdish civilians have opted to stay with the hope that fighting will soon subside, a shocking contrast from the population of 50,000 that once filled these streets. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

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