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M4, Ain Issa, Tal Abyad, Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Syria
By yekru
29 May 2016

May 29, 2016
Raqqa, Syria

Photos show foreign fighters, identified by the Kurdish YPG as American volunteers, on ground in Ain Issa, northern Raqqa.

The three fighters who's nicknames are Andog, Brosk and Tekosher, refused to speak on camera.

Kurdish-Arabic fighters said that US special forces are helping a major offensive against the Islamic State group in its stronghold of Raqqa province.

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Raqqa, Syria
By yekru
29 May 2016

'American volunteer fighters', Brosk (left) and Tekosher (right)

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Raqqa, Syria
By yekru
29 May 2016

'American volunteer fighters', Brosk (left) and Tekosher (right)

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Raqqa, Syria
By yekru
29 May 2016

'American volunteer fighter', Tekosher inside a YPG tank

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Raqqa, Syria
By yekru
29 May 2016

'American volunteer fighter', Tekosher on a YPG tank

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Raqqa, Syria
By yekru
29 May 2016

'American volunteer fighter', Tekosher on a YPG tank

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Raqqa, Syria
By yekru
29 May 2016

'American volunteer fighter', Tekosher on a YPG tank

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Raqqa, Syria
By yekru
29 May 2016

'American volunteer fighters', Tekosher (left) and Brosk (right)

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Raqqa, Syria
By yekru
29 May 2016

'American volunteer fighter', Brosk makes V sign

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Raqqa, Syria
By yekru
29 May 2016

'American volunteer fighter', Andog points to a YPG badge on his military jacket

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Raqqa, Syria
By yekru
29 May 2016

'American volunteer fighter', Andog (left) with a Kurdish fighter (right)

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Raqqa, Syria
By yekru
29 May 2016

القاتلين الامريكيين في حملة تحرير الرقة TEKOSHER و BROSK

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Raqqa, Syria
By yekru
29 May 2016

'American volunteer fighters', Tekosher (left) and Brosk (right)

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'American Volunteers' on the Frontlin...
M4, Tal Abyad, Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Syria
By yekru
29 May 2016

May 29, 2016
Raqqa, Syria

Video shows foreign fighters, identified by the Kurdish YPG as American volunteers, on ground in Ain Issa, northern Raqqa.

The three fighters who's nicknames are Andog, Brosk and Tekosher, refused to speak on camera.

Kurdish-Arabic fighters said that US special forces are helping a major offensive against the Islamic State group in its stronghold of Raqqa province.

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Tekosher (to the Left with a hat)
Brosk (Center)
Andog (Right)

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Northern Nigeria's Displaced Fear Ret...
Yola, Niger
By jfaden
25 Mar 2015

The Nigerian Army with the collaboration of foreign mercenaries are recording victories and declaring more and more towns captured from the hands of Boko Haram, however the question still remains if it is really safe for the residents of those towns to go back.

The about 1.5 million displaced people scattered in different locations in and outside Nigeria believe it is too early for them to go back as they have lost everything. To return and start a new life before the rainy season in June would prove a serious challenge.

As the presidential election draws closer, the question of voters' safety on polling day remains unanswered as some parts of Borno State have seen fresh attacks and suicide bombings of recent.

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The Black Men: European Fighters in U...
By laura.lesevre
24 Jul 2014

European volunteer fighters and far-right activists have travelled to Ukraine to fight along side pro-Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian separatists. They come from France, Sweden, and other parts of Europe. They have different motivations for participating in the conflict, but they all say that they are not paid to fight.

Journalists Fausto Biloslavo and Laura Lesevre travelled to Ukraine and interviewed, among others, Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper, with seven years' experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. Mikael is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group in eastern Ukraine. He says there is a bounty of nearly 5,000 euros on his head.

This 11:26 minutes video story includes footage of the Azov Battalion training and fighting against pro-Russia separatists. It also include interviews with an Italian and a Russian volunteer fighter. It also includes an interview with Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper.

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By laura.lesevre
20 Jun 2014

A volunteer fighter wearing the t-shirt with the emblem of the Azov Battalion. The battalion is under the control of Kiev’s Interior ministry.

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By laura.lesevre
20 Jun 2014

46 year old Gaston Besson from France says he wants to defend Ukraine’s independence. Besson, who has also fought in Croatia, Bosnia, Burma and Laos, is in charge of recruiting foreign European volunteers to fight against pro-Russian rebels. "Every day I get dozens of e-mail with requests of enlistment, but I reject 75% of them. People who want to join us are to buy the plane ticket with their own money. Then they go over an initial period of training in Kiev before being sent to the front line. We do not want fanatics, trigger-happy people, drunkards or druggies. We need unpaid idealists, not hired mercenaries”, he says.

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By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

Volunteer fighters from the Azov battalion during urban warfare training.

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By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

Francesco F, an Italian volunteer fighter in the Azav battalion's base in Berdyansk.

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By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

An armed member of the Azov Battalion at a check point near Berdyansk in Eastern Ukraine.

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By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper, with seven years' experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. Mikael is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group in eastern Ukraine. He says there is a bounty of nearly 5,000 euros on his head.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Members of the Azov battalion in their base in Eastern Ukraine.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Francesco F. an Italian volunteer fighter with the Azav battalion during training. Francesco gave up his life as a manager in order to fight alongside Ukrainians against pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

A member of the Azav battalion. All fighters wear masks to cover their faces for fear of reprisals.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Fighters from the Azav battalion resting on the grass.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Volunteer fighters from the Azov battalion during training.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Volunteer fighters from the Azov battalion.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

A fighter from the Azov battalion during a shooting training.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

The Azov battalion fighting in east-Ukraine counts 250 men. Most of them are far-right activists. The battalion also counts a dozen of foreign volunteers fighters from countries like Sweden, France, Finland, Italy and Russia, as well as football ultras. They claim they are not paid to fight.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Fighters from the Azov battalion during shooting training.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

A fighter from the Azov battalion during training.