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-VOA’s Scott Bobb visits Kurds in Afrin, Northern Syria, and discusses Kurdish sovereignty.
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David Byrd is a journalist, writer, video editor and photographer. He is also the host of VOA's American Cafe, a weekly show covering life and culture in the United States.