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28/09/2014. Al-Yarubiyah, Syria. 12.7mm (.50 caliber) rounds, lie on the floor of a building in Al-Yarubiyah, Syria, as they wait to be used by Syrian-Kurdish YPG snipers firing at positions held by Islamic State insurgents in Rabia, Iraq.<br />
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Facing each other across the Iraq-Syria border, the towns of Al-Yarubiyah, Syria, and Rabia, Iraq, were taken by Islamic State insurgents in August 2014. Since then The town of Al-Yarubiyah and parts of Rabia have been re-taken by fighters from the Syrian Kurdish YPG. At present the situation in the towns is static, but with large exchanges of sniper and heavy machine gun fire as well as mortars and rocket propelled grenades, recently occasional close quarter fighting has taken place as either side tests the defences of the other.