Syria Kurds train new army to protect 'federal region'

Fighters take part in an obligatory nine month training to join the Autonomous Protection Forces at a training camp in the northern Syrian town of Rmeilane on March 24, 2016In a leafy field in Syria, fighters in beige fatigues negotiate an obstacle course as they are trained to defend a Kurdish federal region across the country’s north. Clutching rifles under a bright spring sun, the men are among thousands undergoing obligatory nine-month training to join the Autonomous Protection Forces. The APF, its commander-in-chief Renas Roza says, will be responsible for defending the federal region declared last month at a Kurdish-led conference.

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