Rojava: Syria's Unknown War

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As Syria's bloody civil war enters its third year, fighting has reached the country's Kurdish-dominated northeast, a region until recently almost untouched by the conflict. The Kurdish PYD party and its YPG militia, which is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in neighboring Turkey, took over control of much of Hassakeh province from the Assad regime in the summer of 2012, and with it control of Syria's precious oilfields.

But the PYD's hopes of staying neutral in the conflict and building an autonomous Kurdish state were dashed when clashes broke out with Syrian rebel forces in the strategic border city of Ras al-Ayn. That encounter quickly escalated into an all-out war between the Kurds and a powerful alliance of jihadist groups, including the al-Qaeda affiliates ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra.

In September of 2013, VICE crossed the border into Syria's Kurdish region to document the YPG's counteroffensive against the jihadists, who had struck deep into rural Hassakeh in an attempt to surround and capture Ras al-Ayn. With unparalleled access to the Kurdish and Syrian Christian fighters on the frontlines, we found ourselves witnessing a bitter and almost unreported conflict within the Syrian war, where the Assad regime is a neutral spectator in a life or death struggle between jihadist-led rebels and Kurdish nationalists, pitting village against village and neighbor against neighbor.

💬 Comments on the video

Weird how nonchalantly he says, "She died a couple weeks later on duty."

Author — JustSome RandomKid


"are you getting paid?"

"i don't do this for money"

Author — Angelo Mordasini


5:17 “heyat was killed few weeks ago” broke my heart when I heard that

Author — Hypo Spino


First time I have heard a journalist show empathy and give condolence for a guy losing a friend

Author — UniqueLifter205#


The Rojavan people have sacrificed so much for everyone in the West.

“We pay a lot for this freedom”

Never were truer words spoken

Author — EndResult


As a Kurd i believe this is a good representation of who we are and what we want. No arab nation would allow females (nevermind female soldiers) to be as equal to men as they are among us Kurds.

Author — Fartbeatsensor


7:17 - From all over the World - from Chechnya, from Sudan, from Al-Saudia - They all come here and try to fight us & I don't know why? - "It's not even their land"....

Author — Mudhar Hadi


His leg went to paradise lol its good to see they still have humor even though they are risking there lives every day for freedom

Author — Ismael


We need to support the Kurds as much as we can...they are the real force fighting the scourge of ISIS.

Author — Kiwigrunt


2014 : underreported
2019: most reported

Author — Abdullahi Bello


Let's hope that Rojava won't end up like anarchist cantons of the Spanish Civil War that was destroyed by the nationalist and the republican. The Syrian Civil War is rerun of the Spanish Civil War, and Rojava is the reincarnation Anarchist Cantons of Spain that just want peace in there country.

Author — Karl Cembrano


My heart sunk when he said the guard died a few weeks later...

Author — D. Jordan USA


it really gave me a pain when he said that heyat was killed a few weeks later .. and im turkish ..

Author — kkii lulu


The female Kurdish soldiers are brave women. And the humongous plus side of them fighting against IS savages is, when those get killed by a female they won't get their 72 virgins and paradise ( not like they would otherwise, but still ...). They are terrified of female soldiers.

*P.S. I totally love Genco the goat. If Genco ever needs rescuing, I would love to rescue this goat. :-)*

Author — CateSimulate


Aris is the most ballsiest, down to earth, straight shooting reporter that Vice has ever had. I dislike Vice and avoid most of their content but i always come back to watch Aris footage.

Author — Sam Pickles


27:52 "do you want to shoot?" "No, I don't think so" haha

Author — h h


Home made tanks...these fighters need help.

Author — Karina` Smith


I lived in Syria for two years and I have been in qamishlo where this documentary been filmed. I cry for whats happening there

Her beji Rojava

Author — Hari Wan



Author — dierty


love u kurds, god bless u...

regards from india

Author — പുലയ രാജ