Historically, Syrian Kurds have been banned from owning bookstores, printing presses and television stations, however, all of this has changed with the start of the Syrian conflict, which has allowed the Kurds to have more autonomous rule over their villages and cities.
Villagers in northeastern Syria seek protection from bombardment. The village of Ashma is nestled in olive groves in the region of Kobani and directly looks out onto the Turkish flags and wire fencing that mark the demarcation the border with Turkey.
A statement issued by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) has announced that the group will pull out its military advisers from Manbij. The statement comes after Turkey and the US held talks on the northern Syrian town which was liberated from ISIS in 2016.