Life during the battle of Kobani

The Syrian town of Kobani has been under attack by Islamic State militants since September. As the Kurdish fighters defend their city, displaced residents are forced to live in camps across the border into Turkey.--By Leanne Burden Seidel
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Jamila, center, sister of 19 year-old Syrian Kurdish fighter girl Perwin Mustafa Dihap who died after being wounded during fighting against the Islamic State forces in her home town of Kobani, cries holding her picture, during the funeral in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Nov. 7. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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A Kurdish refugee boy from the Syrian town of Kobani sticks his hand out of a tent in a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, Nov 21. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)
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A girl holds a doll as refugees in Suruc wait for the funeral convoy of 19 year-old Syrian Kurdish fighter girl Perwin Mustafa Dihap who died after being wounded during fighting against the Islamic State forces in her home town of Kobani, Nov. 7. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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Smoke rises from the Syrian city of Kobani, following airstrikes by the US led coalition, seen from a hilltop outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Nov. 17. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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Syrian Kurdish refugees from the Kobani area sit by a fire at a refugee camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Nov. 13. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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A Syrian Kurdish refugee woman from the Kobani area sits next to belongings on a cold morning at a camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Nov. 17. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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A Syrian Kurdish refugee child from the Kobani area looks through a ventilation hole of a tent at a camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Nov. 19, (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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An explosion following an air strike is seen in central Kobani in Syria, Nov. 17. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)
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A Syrian Kurdish refugee woman from the Kobani area holds a baby while cooking outside a tent at a camp in Suruc, Nov. 19. (Vadim Ghirda)
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Armed men, believed to be Kurdish fighters, stand behind a destroyed building in the Syrian town of Kobani during fighting, Nov. 15. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)
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Zeliha, 60, holds a picture of her son Ziya Derdo, 30, who died during the battle against Islamic State (IS) insurgents in the Kurdish Syrian town of Kobani, Nov. 12. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)
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Kurdish refugee children, who are from the Syrian town of Kobani, play with marbles in a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, Nov. 20. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)
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A customer looks in the mirror at a barber shop in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, across from the Syrian city of Kobani, Nov. 20. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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Kurdish people watch the area around the Syrian town of Kobani, in Caykara, on the Turkey-Syria border, Nov. 12. Hundreds of volunteers, predominantly Kurdish Turks, who have traveled from all over southeastern Turkey and even from Istanbul, keep watch on the border with Syria, looking out for potential fighters of the extremist Islamic State group attempting to cross into Kobani. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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A Kurdish refugee woman, who is from the Syrian town of Kobani, sits at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Nov. 20. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)
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A medic examines a Kurdish refugee baby from Kobani at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Nov.18. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)
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The sun sets behind a Turkish military outpost on a hill overlooking the Syrian city of Kobani, outside Suruc, Nov.11. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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Kurds stand in line flashing victory signs during a solidarity rally with the Syrian city of Kobani in the village of Caykara, Turkey, on the Turkey-Syria border on Nov. 11. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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Syrian Kurdish refugee children from the Kobani area speak after receiving food rations in front of living quarters separated by plastic sheets at a camp in Suruc, Nov. 18. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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A Syrian Kurd holds his hand on to the barbed wire fence that marks the Turkey-Syria border on the outskirts of Kobani, seen from the Turkish side of the border outside the village of Yumurtalik, Nov14. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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A person shoots a vehicle mounted heavy machine gun from a position believed to be under the control of the Islamic State group fighters in Kobani, seen from a hill outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Nov. 16. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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A Syrian Kurdish refugee child from the Kobani area holds laundry on a cold morning at a camp in Suruc, Nov. 17. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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A fly lands on the toe of Mahmut Munir, 8 years-old, a Syrian Kurdish refugee boy from Kobani who was injured along with other family members in a mortar attack by forces of the Islamic State group in Suruc, Nov. 19. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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A Kurdish refugee woman from the Syrian town of Kobani cooks out of her tent at a refugee camp in Suruc, Nov. 16. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)
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A military plane of the US led coalition circles above the Syrian town of Kobani, seen from a hilltop outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border Nov. 9. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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Kurds pray during a religious service for two People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters killed in the Syrian town of Kobani, in Caykara, Nov. 16. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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A goat leaps into Turkey through the barbed wire fence that marks the Turkey-Syria border on the outskirts of Kobani, as Syrian men handle animal food delivered from Turkey, seen from the Turkish side of the border outside the village of Yumurtalik on Nov. 14. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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A Kurdish man mourns next to grave markers during a funeral for Kurdish fighters, in a cemetery in Suruc, Sanliurfa province Nov. 13. The fighters were killed during clashes against Islamic State militants in the Syrian town of Kobani. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)
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Kurdish refugees from the Syrian town of Kobani queue to get food in a camp in the southeastern town of Suruc, Nov. 13. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)
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A Kurdish man stands behind a flag during the funeral of YPG, or People's Protection Units, fighter Ahmed Mustafa, who died after being injured while fighting the Islamic State group forces in the Syrian city of Kobani, Nov. 12. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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A Syrian Kurdish refugee child from the Kobani area, handles laundry at a camp in Suruc, Nov. 12. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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Syrian Kurdish refugee, Zehra, pins on a wall a picture of her son Adnan Ahmet, who died during a battle in the Syrian town of Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab on Nov. 11 in the town of Suruc. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Turkish flag atop a grain silo flutters as thick smoke bellows following an air strike in Kobani, Nov. 9. (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)
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A Syrian Kurdish refugee child from the Kobani area, is transported in a wheelbarrow at a camp in Suruc, Nov. 12. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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Men stand on the roof of a mosque during a solidarity rally with the Syrian city of Kobani in the village of Caykara, Turkey, on the Turkey-Syria border, Nov 1. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
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