Female militia member from Kobani in Kurdish North Syria firing at Islamic State lines.
Three photos taken at the frontline as Kurds fire at Islamic State positions in the enclave of Kobani in late June; as per reporting by James Harkin for the Guardian and Newsweek.
The reason why these photos are now important is because IS has taken many villages around Kobani, and today threatens to overrun the enclave whole, which would lead to a huge massacre.
Images and text by James Harkin. Northern Syria, 2014.
In only a year of its existence the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) has grown substantially and spectacularly renewed the franchise of militant Islamic extremism for a new generation. James Harkin reports in a Pulitzer Center supported project.