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Martin Bader

Freelance print and online journalist from Switzerland, currently based in Northeastern Syria (Kurdish region). 

Publishes in German (NZZ, WOZ, Tagesanzeiger, zenith) and sometimes in English (MiddleEastEye). 

Loves shooting stills, enjoys seeing them published (Al-Jazeera English, USA Today, MiddleEastEye, etc.)

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A Christian fighter of the Syriac Military Council (MFS) shoots at an Islamic State militant in the Syrian town of Tal Tal'a on May 25, 2015. (Photo: Martin Bader)

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Johan Cosar is a Swiss citizen and former officer in the Swiss military. He trained the Christian militias Sutoro and Syriac Military Council (MFS) in Syria and held the position of General Commander within MFS. He's currently waiting for a military trial in Switzerland for having served in a foreign army. (Photo: Martin Bader for USA TODAY)

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