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Diary of a Soldier In Assad's Army (2...
Aleppo, Syria
By ameryaseen
02 Dec 2012

December 2, 2012
This morning in Aleppo, a leader of the Syrian regime's forces was killed by FSA fighters. The FSA fighters found the soldier's diaries in their office and took photos of some pages.

On this glorious day we were guarding at night and we stayed awake all night because of the attack on the infantry. At night we felt as if we were in a real war, we stayed awake for 33 hours and we went back to our shelters at seven in the morning. We washed our faces and I shaved my beard and then we went to have breakfast. After breakfast we had a lecture about weapons.
At 1:00pm we heard heavy shooting around the the school, clashes happened between us and the rebels who set up an ambush for an officer in the infantry school.
There were three officers in the car with different posts. They all died.
One of them was giving us lessons.
The officers who died were: The Colonel Muhammad Alhelo, the Colonel Salama Hamood, (the third one, only his last name is visible, which is Al Qady)
In the evening we mobilized because there was a report on Al-Jazeera and Al-arabia saying that the FSA controlled the Infantry. And of course they didn't, they wish they could, we are Assad's men. and we stayed awake all night.

Life For Assad's Syria
Hafez Al Assad's Syria

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Surviving In A Ghost Town, Halep, Syr...
Aleppo, Syria
By Michele Pero
02 Dec 2012

Downtown Halep, quarters of Bustan al-Pasha and Sakhour, December 2012.
The town is partially controlled by the brigades of the Free Syria Army. Snipers, hidden in isolated buildings, necessitate a fast crossing through the large and open avenues. Some people try to continue their normal life downtown, still living in their houses, even if the majority have left for the refugee camps at the borders of the country.

MIGs and helicopters of the Bashar Al Assad regime are continuously releasing rockets and barrel-bombs over the buildings. A quick look at the sky, some strikes, the blast and gray smoke lifts not too far from where we are. Another building hit, some people wounded and injured will be soon added to the list.

Daily life in Halep is pretty scary. The regime is now releasing big barrels filled with explosives. They release these bombs over the town, anywhere they like. No targets are aimed. They throw them here and there. No one is safe in any shelter. Shelters actually don’t work. Halep is a very ancient town and buildings are very weak. In spite of that, some citizens are still keeping their homes there, still trying to lead a normal life, together with the rebels of the Free Syria Army which fight on two front lines: one against the regular forces of the regime, one other against the Kurdish minority which supports the regime. In the middle, the citizens of Halep, try to survive in a ghost town, partially destroyed, under the daily bombings of such madness.

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Handmade Grenade
Aleppo
By pathilsman
01 Dec 2012

Fighter holds a handmade grenade in Syria.

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REDUCED TO RUBBLE: ALEPPO SCHOOLS & H...
Aleppo, Syria
By Editor's Picks
29 Nov 2012

A few short blocks from Dar al Shifaa hospital, destroyed just last week, an Aleppo school was also targeted by government forces, reducing the area to rubble in the early dawn.

Zachariah, a volunteer at the hospital told the photographer last October, "Even in the middle of death, happiness can still rise," in reference to his upcoming wedding with Bushra. The two had been married for about two weeks when she was killed. Now he spends his days alone in the ruins of the hospital, mourning his wife.

Fleeing ongoing violence, the sheer numbers of Syrian refugees have prompted Lebanon to request help from the UN to care for the displaced people.

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Destroyed Aleppo Field Hospital - Dar...
Dar al Shifaa, Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
28 Nov 2012

In front of the now fully destroyed hospital is Zachariah, a young man who volunteered at the hospital since the start of the conflict in July. He was married to a nurse last month, but she was killed in the air raid on 22/11.

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Destroyed Aleppo Field Hospital - Dar...
Dar al Shifaa, Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
28 Nov 2012

A former doctor and a volunteer from the destroyed hospital look through the rubble of what was the main emergency operating room in order to find personal belongings like wallets and identification.

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Philippines Unrest
Mindanao, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
15 Oct 2012

Filipino Muslim rebels shout 'Allahuakbar' as they raise their weapons in this photograph taken on October 15, 2012 during a celebration inside their camp in the southern Philippine town of Sultan Kudarat, Philippines after their organization, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed a peace agreement with the central government, ending a rebellion which lasted four decades.

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Philippines Unrest
Mindanao, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
15 Oct 2012

Filipino Muslim rebels shout 'Allahuakbar' as they raise their weapons in this photograph taken on October 15, 2012 during a celebration inside their camp in the southern Philippine town of Sultan Kudarat, Philippines after their organization, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed a peace agreement with the central government, ending a rebellion which lasted four decades.

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Philippines Unrest
Mindanao, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
15 Oct 2012

Filipino Muslim rebels shout 'Allahuakbar' as they raise their weapons in this photograph taken on October 15, 2012 during a celebration inside their camp in the southern Philippine town of Sultan Kudarat, Philippines after their organization, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed a peace agreement with the central government, ending a rebellion which lasted four decades.

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FSA In Aleppo (2 of 5)
Aleppo, Syria
By Maamoun
02 Oct 2012

Free Syrian Army soldiers in Al Sha'ar neighborhood, Aleppo.

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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN BEIRUT, SYRIA, EG...
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
23 Sep 2012

Hundreds of Lebanese gathered in downtown Beirut Friday, September 21, 2012 to protest the recent insults on the Prophet Mohammed seen in the infamous trailer posted on Youtube, as well as the cartoons in the French publication Charlie Hebdo.

Rebels shoot down government planes, but not quickly enough to stem the flow of refugees to the Turkish border.

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court ordered the dissolution of Egypt's lower house of parliament based on a prior verdict ruled last June that the elections law that allowed voting-in of parliament members was unconstitutional.

Pro-reform protesters calling for the release of political activists march from King Hussein Mosque in Amman, Jordan, after Friday Prayer.

Syria - Aleppo battle 42
Mashhad- Aleppo
By Muhammad.Ali
15 Aug 2012

Rebel fighters shoot around the corner at a tank during clashes with regime forces.

Syria - Aleppo battle 43
Mashhad- Aleppo
By Muhammad.Ali
15 Aug 2012

Rebel fighters shoot around the corner at a tank during clashes with regime forces.

Syria - Aleppo battle 45
Mashhad- Aleppo
By Muhammad.Ali
15 Aug 2012

Rebel fighters shoot around the corner at a tank during clashes with regime forces.

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Idlib Revolt
Idlib, Syria
By info
22 Mar 2012

March, 2012 - Idlib, Syria. Photography by Hasan Yetmez

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Security clashes with rebels in Moham...
Cairo, Egypt
By Ahmed Ajami
23 Nov 2011

Security clashes with rebels in Mohamed Mahmoud Street in Tahrir Square

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Libya (2 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
19 Jun 2011

A heavily damaged fighter aircraft belonging to forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi at a military airfield in Misrata, Libya, 19 June 2011. According to rebel fighters, now in control of the airfield, the aircraft, along with other military vehicles and aircraft, was destroyed weeks earlier by airstrikes carried out by NATO aircraft. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (12 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
19 Jun 2011

Several destroyed armoured vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi at a military airfield in Misrata, Libya, 19 June 2011. According to rebel fighters, now in control of the airfield, the vehicles, along with other military vehicles and aircraft, were destroyed weeks earlier by airstrikes carried out by NATO aircraft. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (14 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
19 Jun 2011

Several destroyed armoured vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi at a military airfield in Misrata, Libya, 19 June 2011. According to rebel fighters, now in control of the airfield, the vehicles, along with other military vehicles and aircraft, were destroyed weeks earlier by airstrikes carried out by NATO aircraft. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (8 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
13 Jun 2011

New recruits in the Captain katiba (brigade) conduct weapons training in an open area just east of Misrata, Libya, 13 June 2011. Various brigades made up of fighters from different areas and tribes trained their forces at bases surrounding the central Libyan city of Misrata before sending them to the frontlines only a few kilometres away. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (7 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
13 Jun 2011

New recruits in the Captain katiba (brigade) conduct manoeuvre training in an open area just east of Misrata, Libya, 13 June 2011. Various brigades made up of fighters from different areas and tribes trained their forces at bases surrounding the central Libyan city of Misrata before sending them to the frontlines only a few kilometres away. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (23 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
13 Jun 2011

A new recruit in the Captain katiba (brigade) conducts manoeuvre training in an open area just east of Misrata, Libya, 13 June 2011. Various brigades made up of fighters from different areas and tribes trained their forces at bases surrounding the central Libyan city of Misrata before sending them to the frontlines only a few kilometres away. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (28 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
13 Jun 2011

An anti aircraft weapons being used by new recruits from the Captain katiba (brigade) at a weapons training area just east of Misrata, Libya, 13 June 2011. Various brigades made up of fighters from different areas and tribes trained their forces at bases surrounding the central Libyan city of Misrata before sending them to the frontlines only a few kilometres away. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya
Misrata, Libya
By U.S. Editor
11 Jun 2011

Scenes from the Libyan Revolution

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Libya (10 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
11 Jun 2011

The body of a rebel fighter is taken away for burial by his family from Al Hikma hospital in Misrata, Libya, 10 June 2011. Whilst causality numbers were significantly less than they had been during months of urban fighting, a steady trickle of injured and dead continued to be delivered daily to Al HIkma, Misrata's main hospital, from the frontlines just thirty kilometres from the city. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (5 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
09 Jun 2011

A woman poses with an assault rifle at her home in Misrata, Libya, 09 June 2011. The house, home to a number of woman and children, was also the workshop of a self proclaimed weapons expert, husband to the pictured woman, making IED's from unexploded munitions which were scattered around the house and its neighbouring buildings. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (37 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
05 Jun 2011

Crowds look at posters of rebel fighters, killed in fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, in a house on Tripoli street in Misrata, Libya, 04 June 2011. Despite the rebels pushing forces to loyal to Gaddafi out of the city centre, progress proved slower in the more open and rural areas outside of the city as they continued to suffer casualties on a daily basis. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (22 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
04 Jun 2011

Rebel fighters from the Libyan city of Zleetan carry out target practice by shooting at posters of Muammar Gaddafi, near the frontline at Al Dafniyeh, Misrata, Libya, 04 June 2011. Various brigades made up of fighters from different areas and tribes trained their forces at bases surrounding Misrata before sending them to the frontlines only a few kilometres away. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (38 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
04 Jun 2011

A rebel fighter jokes as he points a rifle at the back of the head of a fellow fighter during guard duty at the media centre in Misrata, Libya, 04 June 2011. Despite the central Libyan city of Misrata being surrounded by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, and the lack of any mobile phone services, the media centre was a location which allowed local and foreign journalist contact with the outside world via satellite internet access. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (39 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
04 Jun 2011

Civilians and rebel fighters walk along a beach in the area of Al Jazeera, to the west of Misrata, Libya, 03 June 2011. Many coastal resorts, used previously by civilians and military forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, were now being used as staging areas and places of relaxation for rebel fighters. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (29 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
26 May 2011

A rebel fighter peers through a space in his cars homemade armour at a coastal base near the front-line of Al Dafniyeh just outside of Misrata, Libya, 26 May 2011. Many coastal resorts, used previously by civilians and military forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, were now being used as staging areas and places of relaxation for rebel fighters. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (9 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
26 May 2011

Rebel fighters and technicals (improvised fighting vehicles) make up a section of the frontline at Al Dafniyeh, just to the west of Misrata, Libya, 26 May 2011. Despite pushing forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi out of the city centre, rebel forces made slow progress in the more open and rural areas outside of the city due in part to the dominance of heavy weapons belonging to those forces loyal to Gaddafi and in spite of NATO airstrikes. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (15 of 10)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
25 May 2011

Several destroyed armoured vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi at a military airfield in Misrata, Libya, 19 June 2011. According to rebel fighters, now in control of the airfield, the vehicles, along with other military vehicles and aircraft, were destroyed weeks earlier by airstrikes carried out by NATO aircraft. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (17 of 40)
Benghazi, Libya
By George Henton
24 May 2011

Crowds wait to board a passenger ferry leaving from Benghazi, Libya, to the besieged eastern Libyan city of Misrata, 23 May 2011. Despite the large numbers of people attempting to return to Misrata, at the time forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi continue to surround the city with the only open entry point via sea routes from Benghazi and Cyprus. GEORGE HENTON.

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Libya (2011)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
22 May 2011

The following set of images was taken in May and June of 2011 in the coastal city of Misrata, Libya, three months into the revolutionary civil war which continues to unravel in a still volatile country. I, alongside a number of other journalist, spent a month in the city which, at the time, was surrounded by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. Less than a month earlier, those forces were inside the city but rebel forces, supported by NATO aircraft and sea based assets, had managed to push the frontlines to the outskirts of Libya's third largest city. At that time, a thin line of rebels kept those forces at bay.

The only route into the city was via the sea, the routes protected by NATO warships, providing intermittent access to journalist, civilians and fighters alike.

Despite the gains however heavy fighting continued close by and the sounds of artillery, at times unrelenting for upto 12 hours at a time, reverberated throughout the city, a constant daily reminder for the cities population of the still very close and real danger that faced them.

Writing at the time, I remarked that, whilst 'Western interview has played a key role in this conflict' and that 'revolutionary forces would not be in the position they are today without such assistance', the situation during our stay there 'remained, for now, a largely static one with only small skirmishes and back and forth gains. NATO in Libya are a limited force only, with a suffocation mandate and politically sensitive members who are unwilling, or unable, to commit the forces necessary to deliver a definite blot to forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi'. In short, progress or victory for the rebels was in no way guaranteed.

Indeed the only times when civilians in the city, often so generous and kind, would express their anger towards us was when hours of artillery would fall with seemingly little response from NATO and ensuring a steady stream of injured and dead fitters to the cities overworked hospitals.

The images themselves try then to represent, in some small way, that time in the city. The collection includes images of the aftermath of NATO strikes around the city, the constant training of new rebel fighters committed to defending their families and their city and the ongoing fighting on the multiple frontlines with the resulting injuries and death that inevitably followed. Amidst all this were civilians of all races, ages and genders, not only caught up in the middle of the fighting but often a key part of it. Most may not have been on the frontlines, but nobody was immune to the effects of the war.

If nothing else, the fighting brought the city together in a way that residents say they had never seen before, with everybody looking out for everybody else and helping however they could. It was a true war time spirit and was humbling to see.

In the last few days of my own stay in Misrata, at a time where the Gaddafi loyal forces appeared to be pushing forward, not backward, with new artillery strikes on the port threatened the one route of escape and entry, I wrote these cautious but ultimately optimist words would prove in a sense to be true; 'Blue skies over Libya, a country badly damaged but with flickers of potential. If and when Muammar Gaddafi falls, it is unclear what will replace him. Those in the west of Libya are unlikely to listen to those in the east whilst those in the east will not part with their newly found voice easily. Libya will also face foreign powers vying for influence, all with vested interested in the oil rich state. Only time will tell what the Arab Spring will bring to Libya, but, despite significant obstacles, there is now, at the very least, some glimmer of hope'.

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Libyan refugees arriving in the port ...
Taranto, Italy
By Giuseppe Carucci Lightouch International.Inc
01 Apr 2011

Taranto (Puglia region), Italy
The fighting between rebels and forces loyal to former Coronel Muammar Ghaddafi, forced thousands of refugees to flee Libya’s civil conflict by boat to Europe, and especially to Italy. In the southern city of Taranto, in the region of Puglia, the daily arrival of thousands of refugees coming illegally from Libya, placed the refugee issue as a primary concern for the italian Prime Minister of Italy, Senator Mario Monti. The picture shows a Libyan refugee emerging from the cruise ship in the port of Taranto.

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Libyan refugees arriving in the port ...
Taranto, Italy
By Giuseppe Carucci Lightouch International.Inc
01 Apr 2011

Taranto (Puglia region), Italy
The fighting between rebels and forces loyal to former Coronel Muammar Ghaddafi, forced thousands of refugees to flee Libya’s civil conflict by boat to Europe, and especially to Italy. In the southern city of Taranto, in the region of Puglia, the daily arrival of thousands of refugees coming illegally from Libya, placed the refugee issue as a primary concern for the italian Prime Minister of Italy, Senator Mario Monti. The picture shows a Libyan refugee emerging from the cruise ship in the port of Taranto.

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Libyan refugees arriving in th eport ...
Taranto, south Italy
By Giuseppe Carucci Lightouch International.Inc
01 Apr 2011

The fighting between rebels and forces loyal to former Coronel Muammar Ghaddafi, forced thousands of refugees to flee Libya’s civil conflict by boat to Europe, and especially to Italy. In the southern city of Taranto, in the region of Puglia, the daily arrival of thousands of refugees coming illegally from Libya, placed the refugee issue as a primary concern for the italian Prime Minister of Italy, Senator Mario Monti. The picture shows a Libyan refugee emerging from the cruise ship in the port of Taranto.