Meet the Guerrilla Fighters of Kurdistan

The Brooklyn-based photographer, Joey L., was tired of mainstream coverage of the Islamic Stateā€”so he traveled to Iraq and Syria to see the war against the jihadi group for himself. This on-the-ground chronicle, Guerrilla Fighters of Kurdistan, explores the culture and lifestyle of the Kurdish resistance groups on the front lines against ISIS. While the fight against the Islamic State has been devastating for Kurdish communities, many guerrillas convey an optimistic message: When the war ends, the Kurds could finally have an independent state.

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