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Kurds Rebuild Kobane as ISIL Loses Foothold in Syria

Communities across northern Syria have begun to rebuild, following the cessation of six years’ worth of conflict that transformed once-thriving areas into bombed-out ghost cities.As battles continue in Deir-ez-Zor, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) units watch over the recently-captured former Islamic State (IS) capital city of Raqqa while residents take steps to re-inhabit the Kobane Canton and other areas recently controlled by the IS.Unicorn Riot contributors visited the recovering cities of Kobane and Manbij in northeastern Syria as well as the grim frontline of armed conflict in Deir-ez-Zor, and obtained photographs from Raqqa. The following video presents various elements of life in Syria such as residents fleeing IS control, scoping out IS holdouts, clearing booby-trapped buildings in Deir-ez-Zor, as well as rebuilding and creating new apartment blocks in Kobane.