Kurds,  Syria

Throwing off the black

If you ever get too discouraged about what is happening in the Middle East, visit the Twitter account of Jack Shahine, a journalist based in the Kurdish-controlled region of Syria.

Syrian women celebrate by throwing off their niqabs as they flee from Islamic State-controlled territory into Kurdish-controlled territory:

Especially good to see the Free Syrian Army and the Kurdish YPG cooperating in the fight against both IS and Assad:

And let’s not forget the brave Westerners who have joined the Kurds in their struggle and have sometimes given their lives in the war against IS: