Death in the Desert How I.S is being pushed back in North Eastern Syria - Alex Rossi Sky News senior correspondent

Syria's Kurdish fighters are pressing their advance through the towns that were once Islamic State's strongholds. The desert sand kicking up dust as they recapture what was lost from Daesh's aggressive rampage through this ancient land. Lying by the side of the road we find the remains of I.S militants in shallow graves. They have not been buried to give them dignity but to stop the spread of disease from their rotting corpses - this is how martyrdom looks in northern Syria.

A dead I.S fighter

This area has been recaptured by the YPG - a militia of Syrian Kurds - and they say, with the help of coalition airstrikes, I.S can be defeated and soon.

The youngest fighter on this frontline is just 16 and the oldest is 18. Rustam Judy is also the unit's commander.

We are fighting with our hearts not just with weapons because we do not have enough equipment but it is my duty to defeat the enemy for my people and my homeland.

Islamic State fighters are being killed in large numbers in northern Syria after a major offensive by Kurdish fighters over the last few weeks. The YPG has told Sky News they are winning the fight but need more weapons and training.

Despite their lack of equipment they have managed to retake swathes of territory from I.S and will soon launch another major attack under the cover of coalition airstrikes.

YPG commanders told me they are providing coordinates of I.S positions and movements on the ground. They would not confirm though whether special forces from the U.S or Britain were working wth them.

As we made our way to the frontline we saw plenty of evidence that the self proclaimed caliphate is contracting. The coalition airstrikes are reaping chaos. We saw bomb making factories, where improvised explosive devices were put together for suicide attacks, that had been completely destroyed.

A dungeon in the desert where Yazidi women were kept 5 or 6 to each hole

The signature of Islamic State's cruelty is harder to erase. The YPG fighters showed us a dungeon buried in the ground where Yazidi women were kept as prisoners. Inside on the walls a diary of their torturous confinement buried underground in the desert.

What Islamic State calls a 'court'

Moving through the towns we also saw other evidence of what life meant under the yoke of IS rule. In one building - which they called a court - we found leaflets demanding an Islamic tax from farmers harvesting their crops of wheat and barley. The shadow of Islamic states totalitarian theocratic nightmare may have been reversed in parts of northern Syria but I.S is still a major threat. The fighters at checkpoints are nervous. Suicide bombers are still striking these areas and they fear as I.S weakens more will be sent to cause destruction and division.

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