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FSA Fires at Russian Warcrafts in Ale...
Aleppo, Syria
By omariq
28 Feb 2016

FSA fighters in the Seif al-Dawla district of Aleppo, use anti-aircraft guns to fire at attacking Russian warplanes.

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FSA Fires at Russian Warcrafts in Ale...
Aleppo, Syria
By omariq
28 Feb 2016

FSA fighters in the Seif al-Dawla district of Aleppo, use anti-aircraft guns to fire at attacking Russian warplanes.

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Aleppo, Syria
By omariq
28 Feb 2016

FSA fighters in the Seif al-Dawla district of Aleppo, use anti-aircraft guns to fire at attacking Russian warplanes.

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Drawing Until the Last Drop of Ink
Kuala Lumpur
By Ana Salvá
27 Jan 2016

The government of Malaysia does not find Zunar’s drawings amusing. But his satirical drawings denouncing official corruption and electoral fraud have made him a widely known figure in the country. He is waging a high profile war against the prime minister Najib Razak, even though the authorities are making efforts to ban his work.

Zunar, 53, faces nine charges sedition over a serie of tweets he posted last February in which he criticized the controversial court ruling sentencing the opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in prison. Zunar is currently free on bail, but faces a possible sentence of up to 43 years in jail. “In Malaysia they treat me as a criminal, “ he claims.

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Kuala Lumpur
By Ana Salvá
27 Jan 2016

Cartoon by artist Sukhbir Cheema

Drawn in response to Najib's U-turn on his promise to repeal the Sedition Act.

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Kuala Lumpur
By Ana Salvá
27 Jan 2016

Cartoon by Sukhbir Cheema

Cartoonist reaction to ISMA telling Muslims not to wish Christians Merry Christmas.

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Kuala Lumpur
By Ana Salvá
27 Jan 2016

Cartoon by Zunar

BN is the ruling party in Malaysia, so the title "Pirate of Carry BN" explains all. The big hair is the caricature of the wife of the prime minister.

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Kuala Lumpur
By Ana Salvá
27 Jan 2016

Cartoon by Zunar

Prime minister & wife linked with a major corruption scandal, worth USD700 million (equal to RM 1.2 billion Malaysian money). The cartoon show that the couple got billions, while the people get very little.

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Burundi Capital Shuts Down Amid Protests
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
14 May 2015

Protesters and police face off in the streets in the Burundian capital of Bujumbura following weeks of unrest in opposition to President Nkurunziza's nomination for a third term, a violation of Burundi's constitution. The protest brought large parts of the city to a standstill.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

Lines for the petrol station snake out onto the main road. Fuel shortages have been common as the city shut down due to the ongoing unrest.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

A protester blocks a road with a bonfire. Roadblocks lined the streets of Musaga, Bujumbura following weeks of protests.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

Over 500 students took refuge outside the US embassy in Bujumbura after the University closed, citing concern for their safety.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

Over 500 students took refuge outside the US embassy in Bujumbura after the University closed, citing concern for their safety.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

Protesters and police face off in the streets in Bujumbura following weeks of unrest in opposition to President Nkurunziza's nomination for a third term, a violation of Burundi's constitution.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

Protesters and police face off in the streets in Bujumbura following weeks of unrest in opposition to President Nkurunziza's nomination for a third term, a violation of Burundi's constitution.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

A protester in the streets of Bujumbura.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

Protesters take to the streets in Musaga, Bujumbura following weeks of protests.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

Police and protesters face off in the streets of Bujumbura.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

Road blocks and burnt out cars line the streets of Musaga, Bujumbura.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

Burnt cars line the roads in Musaga, Bujumbura following weeks of protests against President Nkurunziza's nomination for a third term.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

Protesters take to the streets in Bujumbura following weeks of unrest in opposition to President Nkurunziza's nomination for a third term, a violation of Burundi's constitution.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

Protesters take to the streets in Bujumbura following weeks of unrest in opposition to President Nkurunziza's nomination for a third term, a violation of Burundi's constitution.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

Protesters take to the streets in Bujumbura following weeks of unrest in opposition to President Nkurunziza's nomination for a third term, a violation of Burundi's constitution.

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Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
05 May 2015

Police and protesters face off in Bujumbura following weeks of unrest in opposition to President Nkurunziza's nomination for a third term, a violation of Burundi's constitution.

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Nigerian Election: Buhari Gives Victo...
Abuja
By Chima NWANKWO
01 Apr 2015

It was a sheer carnival in Abuja, Nigeria as General Muhammadu Buhari gave his victory speech after winning the 2015 Presidential elections in Nigeria. Buhari was magnanimous in victory, and made it clear that it was the Nigerian people who had voted him into office.

On the 1st of April, 2015 General Muhammadu Buhari defeated President Goodluck Jonathan in one of Nigeria's most tense elections. The vote had been postponed amid Nigeria's fight against Boko Haram, with many claiming that this was a tactic by current President Jonathan to make gains against the militant group in order to bolster his campaign.

This marks Buhari's second turn as Head of State, having ruled Nigeria as a military dictator between 1983-1985.

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Police Clamp Down on Protests in Bahrain
Manama
By MazenMahdi
14 Jan 2015

January 15, 2015
Manama, Bahrain

This video was shot on Thursday 15 January 2015 in al-Bilad al-Kadim and shows the continuing demonstrations demanding the release of The shiite Sheikh Ali Salman, and the conflicts with the police that happen daily. The police use tear gas, tanks, law suits, and imprisoning to suppress these demonstrations.

Anti government demonstrations in Bahrain started in February 2011, influenced by the wave of uprisings in the Arab world at the beginning of 2011.

The demonstrations were led by the opposition in Bahrain, who demanded political, economic, and social adjustments.

Bahraini police suppressed the demonstrations in the central al-Loaloa square, which caused the people to move their protest to their villages demanding freedom.

In every demonstration in Bahrain, the people come into conflict with the police who fire tear gas and bullets into the crowd, resulting in injury or death.

In 28 December 2014, Sheikh Ali Salman was taken prisoner, he is the general-secretary in The Shia al-Wifak opposition organization. From that day the demonstrations have not stopped all over Bahrain. al-Bilad al-Kadim, Sheikh Ali Salman's home neighborhood, is the center of demonstrations in the capital of Manama.

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Tank Battle in Aleppo
Aleppo
By mustafa sultan
30 Oct 2014

October 26-31, 2014
Aleppo, Syria

Intense combat footage shows Islamic Front and Free Syrian Army forces battling the Syrian Army in Aleppo using captured tanks. The Islamic Front and the FSA are the primary factions in control of rebel held Aleppo, including key parts of the battered old city.

Translation:

"We have been in this Mosque for over a year and it is very precious to us as it is one of the great Islamic sites. We are defending it against the horrible regime [of Bashar al-Assad] that shells and bombs without considering the people or the religious sites. We are still defending our city. We follow orders to take down the regime and the president, and then liberate ourselves. We are still hanging on, trying to maintain what is left of Aleppo. With God's help, we will hopefully be liberated from this regime."

Shots List:

Shot 1: Fighters from the FSA and the Islamic Front defending an attack by the regime at the frontline of Sifat
Shot 2: Clashes between the regime and the rebels in Handarat
Shot 3: Clashes between the rebels and the regime
Shot 4: Shot of the Citadel of Aleppo, that is under the control of the regime
Shot 5: Military group commander in the old town of Aleppo and the guard of the Ummayad Mosque in Aleppo

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Inside the Last Rebel Bastion of Homs
Homs, Syria
By Mohannad
27 Oct 2014

Hay al-Waer, Homs, Syria
October 27, 2014

Children and adults in the besieged suburb of Hay al-Waer, one of the last neighborhoods in Homs to remain under opposition control, show their defiance in the face of aerial bombardment and deprivation. Children hold signs sending messages of peace to the world and adults express their frustration at what they feel is their abandonment at the hands of the international community. Their messages emphasize a disdain for violence and the desire for education and a better, more peaceful world.

Shot List:

00:00 – 00:06
Pan left movement shows two young girls running around near partially destroyed houses.

00:07 – 00:12

Medium shot shows the same girls playing with a cat.

00:13— 00:47

A small number of civilians stand on both sides of the road. Children wearing colored paper hats hold cardboard banners.

The banners, written in Arabic, read:

“The Civil Assembly in Homs – the Administrative Committee; Freedom Race; Hay al-Waer.” “UN Security Council Resolution 2153 ?????” “Our children are without shelter, without protection.” “Together we build international civilization” (written in English). “For the price of a rocket, build a school, a hospital or an orphanage.”

00:33 – 01:46

More young children stand on the roadside holding protest banners. The banners read:

“We are being killed with the weapons of the regime, 'Halesh' [a derogatory term for Hezbollah that echoes Daesh, the Arabic acronym for ISIS] and the [US-lead international] coalition.”

“In our concentration camp, we love life.”

“We still stand together, we get our freedom” (written in English).

“For the price of a bullet, buy a pen.”

“Our children are the children of humanity – don’t forget” (written in English).

02:22 – 02:47

Pan right movement shows partially destroyed buildings in the distance.

03:21 – 03:32
Pan right movement inside a house shows heavy destruction. Rubble and wrecked furniture cover the floor.

03:33 – 03:46
Pan right movement inside a house shows a hole in the wall and torn curtains.

Interviews

00:48 – 01:32 (Two men, Arabic):

“This is where the airplane bombed this morning. This building is full of civilians, from top to bottom. They are all refugees.

Look at the rabbits – even rabbits were not safe from Bashar al-Assad! He killed them all.”

The same man holds dead rabbits by the ears, saying sarcastically:

“These were carrying weapons and standing on the frontline.”

Another man holds two other dead rabbits:

“Oh dear Lord! This is a mother and her offspring.”

He goes on, mocking the regime’s propaganda about fighters receiving aid from foreign countries:
“This one is from Qatar, and this one from Saudi Arabia – they sent them to us. Arab countries will also send us chicks, but they still haven’t arrived.”

The cameraman replies sarcastically: “The [rabbits’] mother is from Turkey.”

01:47 – 02:21 (Man, Arabic. Intermittent shelling can be heard in the background.)

“We have been under siege in Hay al-Waer for more than a year. The Prophet, peace be upon him, migrated only once. We migrated three times; the first time we left Khalidiya [a neighborhood in Homs], the second time we were displaced from al-Jazira al-Sabi’a and the third time from al-Jazira al-Sadisa after we were bombed by warplanes today.

We call upon Muslims – we call upon God first and then Muslims – and say that we are under siege here in Hay al-Waer. We do not have a grain of salt. You have to understand this – not even a grain of salt. We hope for help from God first and then Muslims.”

02:48 – 03:20 (Man, Arabic. A Heavily destroyed building can be seen in the background)

“We have been under siege for a year and a half. The Assad regime is following a policy of starvation and bombing that Israel uses. [The regime] is laying siege on the refugees in Hay al-Waer. It bombed us with explosive barrels and missiles. There is no doubt that [the regime] is implementing an Israeli policy. Israel used to bomb refugees in Gaza and other areas with explosive barrels. We are tired of calling upon the world to help us, because no one is doing anything for us.”

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Eyes On the Ground: FSA Spotters Netw...
Idlib Province
By TTM Contributor 9
23 Sep 2014

September 18, 2014
Idlib Province, Syria

Since the start of the Syrian war, groups of civilians have quietly monitored the movements of Bashar al-Assad’s forces in order to assist the armed opposition to the Syrian government. Known as "Spotters", their ranks include children and they monitor an area stretching from Quneitra to the Syrian-Turkish border.

According to some, it all started with individual efforts until these spotters became connected to each other through support stations. The spotters monitor the movements of the Syrian regime’s forces on the ground and in the air.
The air spotters monitor the movements of Assad’s air force on hand-held devices that specifically spy on pilots and airport terminals. They then inform fighters on the ground of the plane’s direction and its target. They follow up on the aircraft’s aerial activities to monitor and often confront them.

“Front Spotters” refers to those who monitor the movement of ground forces. They work on the front lines and in battles to keep abreast of enemy movements. They spy on the enemy’s activities and the movement of vehicles and soldiers, and provide targets for mortars and cannons.

Shots List:
1- Shots of the youngest spotter in the region, Ali Badran, aged 15, who has been monitoring for almost six months. He followed in the footsteps of his father who worked as a spotter before ceding his place to his son.
2- Shots of the spotter Ali Badran with his father as he monitors on the top of Zawiya Mountain in the Idlib countryside.
3- Interview with the spotter Ahmad Badran Abu Ali during which he talks about the start of his work, his gradual advance, how his son got involved in the field and how he sees his work.
4- Close-up and medium shots of Ahmad Badran during the interview with him.
5- Shots of Ahmad Badran and his son sitting on top of Zawiya Mountain in the Idlib countryside.
6- Interview with Ali Badran, the youngest spotter who is just 15 years old, during which he talks about his work, studies, the importance of his work, and why he dropped out of school to work in monitoring.
7- Close-up and medium shots of the youngest spotter Ali Badran.
8- Shots of the spotter Abu Khaled on the roof of his house where he refused to talk to the camera.
9- Wide, medium and close-up shots of the spotters Jamal Deebo and Abu Bahr, positioned on the highest hill peak in Maarrat al-Nu’man, covering Wadi Eldaif area and the Hamadia Camp from the Maarrat al-Nu’man side.
10- Interview with the spotter Jamal Deebo during which he talks about his work, its importance, and the difficulties he encounters.
11- Interview with the spotter Abu Bahr who works on the western front of Maarrat al-Nu’man during which he talks about his work, its mechanisms and importance, and the challenges they face given the shortage of equipment and support.
12- Shots of Mutaa’ AlQassem, the commander of one of the Martyrs of Syria Brigades and a fighter on Camp Wadi Eldaif’s front in the southern Idlib Countryside.
13- Interview with Mutaa’ AlQassem, the commander of one of the Martyrs of Syria Brigades during which he talks about the spotters, their importance to the front fighters, their types and work mechanisms.
14- Shots of Mutaa’ AlQassem, the commander of one of the Martyrs of Syria Brigades and a fighter on Camp Wadi Eldaif’s front in the southern Idlib Countryside.
15- Interview with the spotter Muhammad Abu Abdullah from Maarshamsha Town in the Southern Idlib Countryside who is a military spotter on the front, during which he talks about his work, its mechanisms, how to pick up the enemy’s signals and deal with the information he gets from the hand held devices, and the difficulties he encounters.
16- Close-up and medium shots of Abu Abdullah during his interview.
17- Interview with Abu Abdullah continues as he talks about his work with the Syrian Army in monitoring.
18- Close-up and medium shots of Abu Abdullah inside his own spotter on Wadi Eldaif’s front in the southern Idlib countryside.
19- Shots of Abu Abdullah while working on the handpieces.
20- Shots of Abu Abdullah on the front line correcting to the fighters the targets of the missiles launched on Wadi Eldaif and shots of Wadi Eldaif’s where Al Assad’s forces are positioned and considered surrounded for more than two years.
21- Wide and medium shots of Omar Ibrahim AlJaban (Abu Uday) Commander of The Martyr Sheikh Abdul Waris Battalion in the Nation Brigade in Edlib Countryside that works in Wadi Eldaif and Hamadia Camp.
22- Interview with Abu Uday during which he talks about the fighting places, the spotters and their importance for the fighters on the ground, and the difficulties they encounter.
23- Close up shots of Abu Uday during the interview.
24- Close up, medium and wide shots of Abu Uday with the fighters in his battalion in their camp on the Wadi Eldaif front.

Soundbites
Starts at 00:34
Ali: How are you?
Other man: I hear you, over
Ali: Where are you? How’s the situation at your end?
Ali: Calling for Sham, Sham how is the situation?
Sham: There is only one aircraft hovering.
Ali: The war in Hama has not ended yet. The pig said it had but he’s a liar and a deceiver. Be cautious, the war has not ended yet.
Sham: I see two helicopters with barrel bombs
Ali: There are two helicopters with barrel bombs coming from Hama, brace yourselves and be cautious.
Ends at 01:22

Starts at 01:31
Man: Badran, Badran
Badran: I hear you, brother
Man: How are you Abu Ali?
Badran: May God Protect you
Badran: I go with my colleagues, and monitor the battle for a day, or two or even three, I have no problem. Now my son, Spotter Ali Badran nicknamed The Young Badran monitors the area while I work and try to make a living.
Badran: Hello
Man: Hello
Badran: When they talk about him I feel proud because he’s doing all he can to help in Jihad, this is his capacity.
Ends at 02:09

Starts at 02:22
Ali: I monitor the area and I help by sending warnings to the brothers to avoid the barrel bombs. I am 15 years old and I am in grade 9. I am in grade 9 but I will not attend my classes because of the situation and because schools will not open their doors. We have to fight in the name of God. This is what God called Jihad.
Ends at 02:55

Starts at 03:02
Ali: What do I do? For example an aircraft just left Hama, when it leaves he sends me signals and riddles, he says pines for example. Now the riddles we use have been changed and I’m trying to learn and memorize them step by step. For example when an aircraft leaves Hama I send warnings to the fronts of Northern Hama Countryside, the Southern Front, Khattab, Muri, Kifirzeity. I send warning to the liberated areas and the fronts.
Ends at 03:31

Starts at 03:35
Ali: My plans? I hope I have state-of-the-art equipments that are more developed than those the other spotters use so that my voice reaches Al Qalamoun, Aleppo, Ar-Raqqah, Latakia and all fronts.
Ends at 03:57

Starts at 04:01
Jamal Deebo: okay Abu Yasser.
Man: tell them there is a checkpoint on the road
Abu Bahr: I see soldiers moving next to the checkpoint
Ends at 04:15

Starts at 04:19
Abu Bahr: okay, God bless you
Ends at 04:22

Starts at 04:25
Abu Bahr: it’s clear, all clear
Ends at 04:27

Starts at 04:46
Abu Bahr: Abu Bahr here, I hear you, over
Man: How are you?
Abu Bahr: Great
Ends at 04:57

Starts at 05:01
Jamal Deebo: At each moment and each second you find us working to serve the fighters on the fronts and to serve the civilians in their houses and towns. As you can see, aircraft are constantly hovering and towns and villages are always showered with missiles and shells, from the far Karm Al Hawajez targeted by airports, long range cluster missiles and ground-to-ground missiles.
We are noticing that anyone with no job is becoming a spotter. Unfortunately this is a mistake we are making. It is a huge mistake we are making. We are supposed to organize the work because as you know spotters are the best weapon we have right now. Tanks and missiles would be useless without a spotter. Intruders cannot do their job without spotters who clear their way.
Ends at 06:06

Starts at 06:12
Abu Bahr: Our spotter is a part of a network that covers an area stretching from Daraa to the Syrian Turkish borders. I work here on these fronts from Hama’s airport to the area I told you about. We send warnings to the civilians and the fighters on the ground who are the rebels about the aircrafts, missiles, shells. Civilians go to the shelters while the fighters prepare themselves to the battle. This is what we do as spotters.
Ends at 06:44

Starts at 06:47
Abu Bahr: I used to serve in the army’s signal battalion. A fight is pointless without a sign, wherever it takes place. We have very simple equipment.
Ends at 06:57

Starts at 07:01
Man: During the battle I was searching with Fouad for Hammoud
Ends at 07:06

Starts at 07:15
Mutaa’ AlQassem: We have two types of spotters that serve our interests. Air spotters and Front spotters who have stations just like us. The first spotters, who are air spotters, send a warning from the moment the plane takes off by saying: aircraft take off from Hama’s airport for example. The spotter defines the location of the pilot as his work station location. This is when all the campers and all the rebels take precautions. And when a plane takes off without a notice, the spotter warns all the fronts that the aircraft took off and the pilot did not send a notice.
Ends at 08:34

Starts at 08:39
Mutaa’ AlQassem: The second spotter is the one at the front. He is a camping spotter who monitors the movements of the soldiers and their vehicles. He also has listening devices to spy on them. For example if the spotters on the eastern front see soldiers in a certain area and building, they have to deal with the situation.
Muhammad Abu Abdullah: For him and his fellow campers. I’ve been a spotter for two years
Interviewer: And what did you do for a living before that?
Muhammad: I was a concrete worker. As you can see we have hand devices that belong to the army. We saved the frequencies the army uses. After thorough research we managed to reveal these frequencies. Each time we reveal a frequency and know it is used in our area or in other areas such al Hamdiya or Jdar ElKheder we save it. We try to save them in order, the Emmay frequency has other 5 sub frequencies, so we save them together, this makes it easy for us to switch between frequencies. The army has state-of-the-art equipment. This is how we can manage to be as fast as them in switching between frequencies. We save the frequencies of one area on one device. We spy on all the talks and all the targets and warn the other guys on the front. An Air spotter is not located near the front, he is usually far from the fronts in an area he deems fit and has equipment to monitor aircrafts. He might be able to listen to the army’s frequencies; however his work is concentrated on the aircraft frequencies. He reports the movement of the aircraft, their possible targets and the airport they are heading to.
Ends at 10:48

Starts at 11:00
Man: we hear you
Muhammad Abu Abdullah: for all the brothers filling bags, the pigs can see you and are preparing an attack but I can’t know where they are. They are talking about you. Be cautious. May God protect you.
Ends at 11:20

Starts at 11:27
Muhammad: Brothers on the western front, God protect you.
Ends at 11:40

Starts at 12:10
Interviewer: How old are you?
Abu Uday: 79 years old. My brother was responsible of this area. He died in the Al Marsous battle. Thank God spotters are very beneficial. There are air spotters and ground spotters that monitor the army’s movements. Spotters have warned fighters on the ground more than a dozen times of the army’s attacks. These attacks would be lethal were it not for the spotters on the fronts who warn the fighters of the army’s movements, the fighters would have died. Spotters on the fronts have saved the fighters more than a dozen times. Air spotters also play a key role when they report an aircraft taking off from Hama’s airport, we take precautions and stand ready to fight.
Ends at 13:55

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Syria: Besieged Damascus Suburb Conti...
Damascus
By TTM Contributor 6
06 Sep 2014

September 6, 2014
Jobar, Damascus, Syria

Rebel fighters in the besieged Damascus suburb of Jobar discuss the destruction of their neighborhood and their determination to continue to fight the Syrian Army.

(00:47) “This used to be a stronghold for the thugs [Assad regime], but thank God we were able to take over those buildings. We found this trench that was dug by the regime and we were able to get into the buildings using our trenches and they were not able to do anything. We found two corpses of a mother and her daughter; they killed them and left them here until they became skeletons. So we took them and buried them. Over there we found a burnt corpse of a woman. Thank god we were able to beat them[Syrian Army], we went in with minimal weaponry, they have air power and tanks, we only have God on our side and we were able to beat them”. (01:48)

(02:26) “Until now we are surviving, despite of the siege, this hard life and all the problems that we go through. We are still holding on and we will not give up on our cause. Thank God they are losing everyday and they are losing lots of weapons and people. We kill his people and tell him to come pick up the corpses and they won't do it because he is a failure. He does not care about anything but power and to remain in control of his seat [of power]. All of these people who are dying are brothers to us, they are like family to us, most of them are from Aleppo, and Damascus. [There are] even Alawites, they are also our brothers, but this person [Bashar al Assad] is not going to rest until he turns us all against each other, the Muslims, the Christians and the Alawites. We are all Syrians, and we will not rest until we take this person [Bashar al Assad] down from the presidential seat. We actually killed a general in the army and told him [Bashar al Assad] to come and pick up the corpse. He said that he does not care, and to go throw him anywhere. That simply tells us how careless he is about everything except for himself. He does not care about all of these young men who are dying. No matter what, we will not back down and we will keep fighting, and with the help of God we are going inside, it will not be long before we go inside”. (03:47)

Barrel Bomb Swimming Pool
Aleppo
By sultankitaz
15 Aug 2014

September 15, 2014
Aleppo, Syria

In the early morning of September 15, 2014 the Syrian Air Force bombed the roundabout under the Al Hajj Bridge in Aleppo with barrel bombs, leading to deaths and injuries of many civilians. In addition, a water pipe that supplies water to six neighborhoods in the city was severely damaged, causing flooding in the streets and creating a bomb crater in the road that filled with water from the burst pipes. After the bombing raid was over, local children began using the water filled crater as a swimming pool.

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Civil Defense Units in Aleppo Dig Chi...
Aleppo
By Antonio-Pampliega
14 Jul 2014

May 30, 2014
Aleppo, Syria

Civil Defense Units in Aleppo attempt to rescue a young boy trapped under the rubble of building hit by a barrel bomb. Using shovels and pick axes, they eventually find the boy, but he is dead.

The Civil Defense Units are one the only emergency services left in Aleppo that are somewhat capable of offering help in the wake of bomb attacks and other war related incidents.

Interview:
"The number of people in Hanano center are 29 members and there are five centers in Aleppo. We work as shifts, we are divided into groups and we take shifts so there are people working 24/7. Barrel bombs are being dropped, approximately 20-30 barrel bomb are being dropped everyday on Aleppo, and missiles, and for the last month-and-a-half they are dropping barrel bombs at night also. We formed the civil defense team that does the mission of searching and rescuing people, if a building falls apart and there are people alive buried underneath it, our job is to remove the rubble so we can save lives."

Shot List:

Team members of Civil Defense roam the streets of Bab Al-Nerb
The crew removed the debris
Neighbors help removing debris and searching for the missing
Detail of ruined house
Dirt and debris removed
Team members open a hole in the wall of a room
Removed debris from the hole
An excavator helps the team of civil defense
The excavator removes stones
Team members looking for the boy and dug with shovels

One member indicated the excavator moves
The blade of the bulldozer removes the stones
Team members work looking for child boy
They find the body
The father cries
Neighbors try to comfort the father
The members of the civil defense work still removing the debris
They take the child's body and looking for a car to take him to hospital
Interview with a member of the civil defense unit

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Syria's Anti-Assad Christian Militia
Qamishli
By Rozh
08 Jun 2014

‘Sutoro’ (‘Security’ or ‘Police’ in the ancient Syriac-Aramaic language) is an anti-Assad Christian security force operating in the predominantly Kurdish autonomous regions of northeastern Syria. Sutoro, whose members come from the ancient Syriac minority, patrol and protect the Christian neighborhoods in the area. They also fight alongside Kurdish forces against both Bashar al-Assad and islamist rebel groups like ISIS. Although Syriacs were not persecuted for being Christians under Assad's secular Baathist government, they claim that they were nationally oppressed because the Baath regime had declared Syria an Arab-only state and denied the existence of all other ethnic minorities.

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Syrians in Opposition-Held Area of Id...
Maarshourin
By TTM Contributor 9
02 Jun 2014

May 31, 2014
Maarshourin, Idlib, Syria

Video shows Syrians in the opposition-held area of Maarshourin, Idlib, discussing their intent to boycott the Presidential Election.

Speakers:

Interviewer:
Would you vote?

Mahmoud:
“God forbid, you think I would vote for the children’s murderer? He killed everything, humans, children, plants, everything. After all of this, it is a shame for any Syrian to vote for a person like him. Voting is a responsibility, when you vote for someone, you assign him to be responsible for you and you cannot assign a person like him, he is a murderer.”

Ahmad:
“If we exclude the Syrian population and only have Bashar’s people vote for him, he would still win 99% of the votes. But the people who are getting shot and killed are not going to vote and people in the liberated zones are not going to vote. I will not vote. How can I vote when I see him dropping bombs on us everyday? Yesterday we lost six people in a nearby village. How can I vote for him when I can see the planes dropping bombs with my own eyes?”

Khaled:
“The results are known, this is dictatorship, and these are the elections. It is very clear that he will win 99.99% of the votes.”

Interviewer:
Will you vote?

Khaled:
“I don’t think there is one Syrian citizen with a shred of dignity and honor who will vote for Bashar or any person like him.”

Interviewer:
Will you vote?

Mustapha:
“No I won’t.”

Interviewer:
Why?

Mustapha:
“He is not qualified to lead Syria. We want an honorable president that can make us feel safe and secure in our country and the al-Assad family are not the right people to lead us into the future. They have destroyed the country.”

Abdullah:
“My name is Abdullah.”

Interviewer:
What do you think of the Syrian presidential election?

Abdullah:
“It is a game, and I will not vote. He will win no matter what. Whenever there are any elections going on, they will make him win.”

Interviewer:
What do you expect to happen during the election and afterwards?

Abdullah:
“Same as every election, he will win and keep oppressing people.”

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Aleppo Barrel Bomb Attack (3 of 10)
Aleppo, Syria
By Transterra Editor
09 Apr 2014

Interview with a father standing in the rubble where he lost three children in the explosion that destroyed his home on February 1, 2014. Residents and monitoring groups describe the event as a barrel bomb attack carried out by the Syrian Military.

We are the children of this country, this is our destiny, because we are Muslims. Do you kill us in our homes because we are Muslims? Is this something you would want to see? Is this what Islam looks like to you? (...) We are Muslims because Abu Bakr is our master! They're killing us! They're making us pay! Assad be damned! Damn him my children are gone! I am 55 years old, I will keep fighting and resisting, and I will sacrifice my own blood for this soil and this land! This is our soil, these are our houses! He killed us! He killed our children! This is our country! You blame the Iranian and the Shiite and the Devil's party! We don't come from Europe? At least we don't belong to an organization.. Al-Qaeda. We are Muslims, children of this country! We have human rights!

  • Question: What happened here?

Barrel bomb attack.. This is my house.. My three children are gone! This is my house.. We buried the three.. This is my house here, this is the barrel bomb shelling, this is al-Assad. We have a human right to life. Where are human rights in Europe? An animal has a right to life.

  • It is said that he is killing terrorists..

We are not terrorists, we are civilians.. we are civilians living in our houses, we are not terrorists, nor terrorist organizations, we are civilians. There's nothing left for us, we don't have work, no water, no electricity, no money, we have nothing left! He's shelling us with barrel bombs. God snap his neck!

  • What kind of attack was it?

Shelling, barrel bombs, by helicopters, by barrel exlosives! My three children were killed here!

  • How many were killed?

Three! My 3 children are gone! We pulled their pieces from under the rubble!

  • What would you like to say to the international community?

To the international community, to the United Nations.. We are humans, we are the children of this country.. We have the right to live, we are Muslims and we are going to defend our religion, our prophet Mohammad, Abu Bakr, and Ali. We will defend them with our own blood.

Another man: You think they can't see us? It's been 3 years.

They don't see us. They're doing this because we are Muslims.

مقابلة مع (أبو عماد) بعدما تدمر منزله نتيجة القصف، وفقد 3 من أولاده بسبب القصف بتاريخ ٢٦-٠١-٢٠١٤

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View from East Ukraine 15
Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
By lordcob
18 Feb 2014

A maidan supporter in a minibus in Denpropetrovsk.

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View from East Ukraine 10
Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
By lordcob
18 Feb 2014

A magazine advertisement the leaders of the opposition in Dneprpetrovsk.