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A 21-year old from the UK, nick-named by Kurdish fighters as Hewal Givara, stands with his weapon at night on April 14, 2015, in the outskirts of the north-western Syrian town of Tal Tamr, north of Hasakeh, near the border with Turkey, as he fights alongside People Protection Unit (YPG) fighters under the commanders, Sider and Gerzan. International fighters, some of whom are former members of the military and others with zero combat experience came to Syria to help Kurdish forces in their fight against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Since very few YPG fighters speak English, the foreign fighters are mostly assigned together in troops. AFP PHOTO / UYGAR ONDER SIMSEK