Along with beach towels or sandals, there's a new popular beach accessory that says a lot about the violence gripping this once-glamorous resort: a small black leather tote hanging from the neck or shoulders of some men. It's not a man-bag, exactly; it holds a small pistol.
Careful because it's easy to get lost. Here is the line-up in Syria: The US provides weapons to Kurdish militias fighting ISIS in Syria.
The Kurds want to push ISIS out of northern Iraq and Syria to help create an independent nation of Kurdistan. The "good" Kurdish militias undoubtedly cooperate with "bad" Kurdish group, the PKK.
US NATO ally Turkey bombs both the PKK and US-backed Kurdish groups. Meanwhile, Turkey allows the US to fly drones and other aircraft out of its air bases, but also allows ISIS fighters to cross its border into Syria one way, and ISIS oil to reach market by crossing the border the other way.