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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

The days become monotonous, as the women constantly prepare meals, clean dishes and wash clothes. The rest of the time the mind is free to worry about what might still happen and get lost in the melancholy of a sectarian war in progress.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Many Yazidi mothers have lost their children on the way to escape from Mount Sinjar during the advance of the Islamic State militia in the plain of Nineveh, but life must go on in spite of the constant pain and the uncertainty of their future.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

After two hundred Yazidi women were kidnapped and converted to Islam to be sold by IS militants, the Yazidi community worries that it can happen again, visible scars on the community of the women who were persecuted.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Arsalam, 38, is the father of 5 children, including two newborn twins. His family comes from Bashiqua and hosts 24 people in 2 rooms of their hotel. Insecurity is always present on the faces of the guests who do not feel at home, even though they are certainly better off than those refugees who are forced to stay on the streets.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Duhok is estimated to host between 200 and 300 thousand refugees. Aid by the international community is slow to arrive, so local volunteers do their best to care for refugees. Women gather in front of an ambulance to have their children examined by doctors and receive treatment.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Diyarbakir, Turkey
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Inside one of the schools occupied by refugees, volunteers from a local association manage to bring aid to women and children. They ask women of the community every day for a list of products they need. Women collect lunches brought by the municipality and men distribute them to the entire community.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

After attacks by the Islamic State on Mount Sinjar which is located between the north east of Iraq and Syria, minorities have tried to reach places of safety both in northern Iraq and in Turkey. About 120 thousand people managed to escape with the help of Syrian Kurds (YPG) and the air support of the United States.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

A mother of three cares for a daughter who suffers from Down syndrome. She has many fears and many anxieties about the future, abandoning her old life, and how best to care for her daughter.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

A Yazidi woman prepares water inside a tub to wash the younger children. Harsh conditions make caring for children difficult.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Refugee women and girls cooperate to best manage day to day life, sharing duties and caring for the younger children.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Bardarash, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

In this makeshift refuge, the little ones spend most of their hours stretched out on the floor in the corridors or in empty classrooms of the school.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

A Yazidi woman walked for days to escape from Mount Sinjar and the threat of the militia of the Islamic State. When she arrived in Duhok, she gave birth to a son with the help of older women in the community. The child is at risk due to high temperatures, the shortage of medicines and an unhygienic place to live.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Yazidi refugees take shelter in a garage building. A woman, aided by her sons, tends to their makeshift house inside the garage.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Aid from local associations has not been enough to support the Shabak community living in Rovia's mosque. A woman needs to move for the night between the cars parked outside.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Recognized as an ethnic minority in 1952, the Shabak are now on the run from the militias of the Islamic State. They have already experienced persecution in the past, notably by the regime of Saddam Hussein. 70 families of them take refuge in this mosque from their latest threat.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

A Shabak man is sick, lying on a rug while a woman tends to him, as the public hospital can only be reached in the morning. During the day, temperatures reach around 45 degrees.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

An elderly woman prepares to cook dinner, shielding the fire with wooden panels. Inside the mosque there is no pavement, making hygiene a challenge.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Bardarash, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Bardarash, 30 km from Mosul, has a Muslim majority. Here, the municipality helped Shabak families take shelter in schools. Young Shabak girls prepare food in one of the classrooms, temporarily used as a kitchen.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

In the tiny village of Rovia a few miles from Mosul, a city currently under control of the Islamic State, the Shabak community has found refuge in a mosque under construction. Inside the community, the proportion of children to adults is very high. The adults hope to spare their children from the psychological trauma of war.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Lalish, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

The temple Lalish is situated to the north of Mosul. It is a place of pilgrimage and an important sanctuary for Yazidis. After IS captured Bashiqua and other nearby villages, many people have sought refuge at the temple monitored by Peshmerga fighters who control the entire district of Sherkan. The Yazidi community has opened its doors to refugees allowing them to settle down within the sacred place, aided by NGOs providing tents and relief supplies.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Shabak women are preparing for the evening meal in a mosque along the road that leads to Mosul. With only moonlight available, people who sleep outside must cook, eat, and wash quickly.

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Syrian Rebels Prepare for IS Onslaugh...
Syria
By TTM Contributor 19
18 Aug 2014

August 18, 2014
Marea, Syria

Syrian rebel fighters from the Islamic Front, an ally of the Free Syrian Army, prepare for an impending Islamic State offensive in the town of Marea, approximately 25km north of Aleppo. The Islamic State attacked Marea with ferocity shortly after and the town remains sustained IS attack.

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Kurdish Peshmerga Militia Recaptures ...
Gwer
By Jawdat Ahmed
13 Aug 2014

Gwer, Iraq
August 13, 2014

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers at the town of Gwer, Iraq, recaptured from Islamic State forces in August, 2014. Video shows Peshmerga members observing the nearby village of Kwshaf, still occupied by IS at the time this video was recorded. A bridge connecting the two communities is under the control of IS fighters.

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Papal Emissary Visits Erbil
Erbil
By Jawdat Ahmed
13 Aug 2014

Cardinal Fernando Filoni has arrived in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan as the personal envoy of Pope Francis. Filoni i the former papal nuncio to Iraq and Jordan.
Thousands of Christians fled to the Kurdish area as the Islamic State militia invaded towns and cities in northern Iraq.
Cardinal Filoni is expected to deliver a personal message of solidarity and support from the pope as well as financial aid to those affected by the violence.

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Yezidi Minority from Sinjar Joins Chr...
Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
12 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014
Erbil, Iraq

Some hundred refugees, belonging to the Yezidi minority, took refuge along with thousands of Christian refugees in the Saint Joseph Church in the Kurdish controlled area of Ankawa, northwest of Erbil, Iraq.
Yezidi residents of Sinjar, a town west of Mosul, were forced to flee their homes after ISIS militants took over the town at the beginning of August. They joined the thousands of Christian refugees from Qaraqosh, a Christian town near Mosul, who took shelter in the Saint Joseph Church, after ISIS militants took their city on August 7, 2014.

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Yazidi Refugees Walk To Syrian Border
Fishkhabour, Iraqi Kurdistan-Syria-Turkish Border
By rsoufi
12 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014
Fishkhabour Border Crossing, Kurdistan - Syrian

Thousands of Yazidi refugees fleeing the Sinjar mountain have arrived at the Fishkhabour crossing on the Iraqi Kurdistan-Syrian border. They were trapped on the mountain since the beginning of August after ISIS militants invaded their town of Sinjar.
The refugees said they traveled on foot for five days to reach the border. Some said that many Yazidis were kidnapped and killed by ISIS militants, and many children died on the mountain because they had no food or water.
Kurdish authorities will move the refugees to a camp in Dhouk.

Interviews:

  • Rasheed, Yezidi Refugee
  • Amer, Yezidi Refugee
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Peshmerga Forces Clash with ISIS to R...
Makhmour
By Arshed
11 Aug 2014

August 11, 2014
Makhmour, Iraq

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, alongside the PAK (Kurdish Iranian fighters), regain control over Makhmour, a Kurdish town 40km south of Erbil, that was taken by ISIS.
Video shows heavy clashes between the Peshmerga fighters and ISIS militants. With the help of US overnight airstrikes, Kurdish forces were able to drive out ISIS soldiers and raise the Kurdish flag on municipal buildings that previously flew the flags of ISIS.

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Inside Kobane: Prices Surge and Secur...
Kobane ('Ayn al Arab)
By TTM Contributor 6
10 Aug 2014

August 10, 2014
"Mahlya Market", Kobane (Ayn Al Arab), Syria

"Mahlya" market is a clothing market in the center of the Syrian-Kurdish city of Kobane ('Ayn al Arab). With the city under IS siege, we visited the market to find out how life has been affected by the IS threat.

In the market, we meet the owner of a cosmetics and bridal shop. Also, we meet "Bahzad," the owner of a men's clothing store. Footage includes various shots of the main market, where meat and vegetables are sold.

(00:23) Shop owner 1: "Everything is really expensive here, even the taxis are now charging more than before. Plus, roads are no longer safe, you can never know what will happen to you when you're in your car; ISIS might seize you and steal your car and money." (00:57)

(00:57) "For example, the price of the tomatoes rose from 35 SYP [$0.20] to 140 [$0.85], bananas from 65 SYP to 225, oranges were 15 SYP now 50, whereas the apple prices were 50 SYP [$0.30] now the prices are 175 SYP [$1.05]. (01:15)

(01:53) Shop owner 2: "We used to get our goods from Aleppo back in the times when the infrastructure was good. We were able to call our merchants and ask them to ship us specific products for our shops. Now the situation is very bad, we can't ship from Aleppo anymore because of the bad roads. Our situation became even worse when we were put under siege. It's causing us four times more to transport the goods." (02:31)

(03:16) Shop owner 3: "The situation is very hard now. For the past 3 years, the roads to Turkey and Aleppo are blocked and we can't get new products to sell. Plus, the roads are dangerous, you can never know what to expect on the road; you might get captured and kidnapped, and treated in a very bad way (03:47).

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Syrian Militants Clash With Lebanese ...
Arsal
By mchreyteh
04 Aug 2014

August 3, 2014
Arsal, Lebanon

Syrian militants clash with Lebanese Army soldiers in the town of Arsal, east of Lebanon.
According to the Lebanese National News Agency, NNA, Syrian Islamists launched a series of assaults on Saturday, August 2nd, after the Lebanese army arrested the Al-Nusra Front commander Imad Jumaa.

Sergeant George Khouri, north of al-Qoubaiyat

Nahi Bou Khalfoun, Rachaya, al-Wadi

Soldier Mohamad Hamiye, Shmustar

Soldier Mohamad al-Kadri, Ghazze, West Bekaa

Soldier Ibrahim Shaaban, North of Akkar

Soldier Ahmed Gheye, North of Akkar

Wael Darwish, Cheheem

Rayan Salam, Deir al-Ahamr, Rachaya, al-Wadi

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Exclusive Video of Aftermath of Alleg...
Kobani, Syria
By TTM Contributor 9
22 Jul 2014

Kobani, Syria

July 22, 2014

This video shows victims of an alleged chemical attack by ISIS on Kurdish fighters

near Kobani, Syria on July 18 and 19, 2014.

Transterra Media cannot confirm the use of chemical weapons.

At the time, the official spokesperson of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG)

Redur Khalil and the Health Minister of the Kobani Canton Dr. Na’ssan Ahmad said that they believed that chemical or biological agents were used.

In the video, what appear to be burns are visible on the bodies of two males wearing military fatigues at a hospital in Kobani.

Dr. Ahmad said that he and his colleagues inspected the bodies and found signs of burning but no bullet wounds or other similar war injuries.

Interviews:

Interview with the People’s Protection Units (YPG) official spokesperson Redur Khalil (Arabic)

00:56 ISIS’s use of chemical and biological weapons in the city of Kobani – in its war on the city of Kobani – is a very sensitive issue and we don’t want to anticipate events.

01:10 The indices that appeared and the traces on the bodies of martyrs and the wounded definitely show that ISIS used unconventional weapons.

01:30 There is a probability that these were chemical and biological weapons.

01:34 A committee of specialized physicians was formed in the Jazeera Canton [autonomous Kurdish district in northeast Syria] and it conducted necessary procedures and medical tests.

01:43 It was proven that ISIS has used biological weapons in its war on Kobani. However, the type of the weapons has not been determined, due to the limited means of the medical labs in the canton and the siege imposed on the city of Kobani.

02:09 There are unremitting attempts by the assigned medical committee as well as calls for [human] rights groups and aid organisations to head to Kobani to supervise this operation and analyze the substance that was used by ISIS in its war on Kobani.

02:32 The medical committee is now carrying out its duties.

02:39 The traces left by [these] weapons include burns on bodies that were not hit by bullets or bomb shrapnel. They were blue and white burns.

03:01 In some places where ISIS used these weapons, YPG members could smell a very weird odor. The smell was not that of gunpowder or explosives, which shows that the weapons used against Kobani in these locations were unconventional.

Interview with Health Minister of Kobani Canton Dr. Na’ssan Ahmad (Kurdish)

03:48 – 04:29

We have experienced war conditions for a while and we have seen a lot of injured people and martyrs, but [until now] we have not seen bodies that were burnt and not wounded.

The bodies had burns on the hands and legs [and other] exposed parts. We do not know what this substance is, because we do not have the necessary means [to analyze it].

In the future, it could be possible to conduct some tests to determine the kind of the substance that was used.

My colleagues who assisted me and I, in my capacity as a supervising physician, came to the conclusion that this substance was chemical and internationally banned.

Shot list:

00:00 – 00:39

The bodies of dead YPG fighters show skin burns but not wounds. The bodies were filmed at the Amal Hospital in Kobani.

03:29 – 03:47

Medical staff and an officer in military fatigues stand near the bodies of two dead fighters at the Amal Hospital in Kobani.

04:30 – 05:17

Close shots of a dead fighter’s body show burns on the face, arms.

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Shiite Shrines Suffer from the Situat...
By mushtaq mohammed
08 Jul 2014

8 July 2014
Iraq, Karbala

The holy Shiite shrines in Karbala are suffering from a lack of visitors, due to the situation in the country. Shop owners around the shrines complain about a decrease in sales, as the threat of terrorist attacks and security restrictions, put in place by the government, affect the public’s decision to leave their homes.

Transcript:
Hussein, Shrine Visitor
(02:15) “The situation in Karbala because it is Ramadan, there is not many people around, and because the weather is hot and the security restrictions, so the visitor to Karbala are only a few”. (02:29)

Bassel, worker
(02:54) “The number of people who visit Karbala have decreased due to the security situation concerning ISIL, they say the roads are blocked and they only opened yesterday afternoon, but our shops are open 24/7 and there is no one here”. (03:09) (03:13) “There is no body, it is empty, I have been here since the early morning and there are no visitors. To me it is safe here but the visitors are not coming because they do not feel that they are safe”. (03:26) (03:30) “If anything happens I close the shop and leave, we expect anything to happen”. (03:44) (03:50) “I wish to carry a weapon and fight, but my family said that my father and my two brothers are enough”. (03:58)

Abbas, Shop owner
(04:03) “With the current security situation, the market is tired, we have no visitors, but thank God there is nothing here in Karbala, it is safe”. (04:17) (04:22) We worry because we have families and children and shops, even though it is safe now but we fear something might happen. (04:41) (04:46) “We fear an explosion might happen here close to Imam al-Hussein and there shops are rented and the rent is expensive, so the day that passes without work affects us negatively”. (04:57)

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses on the Edg...
Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
07 Jul 2014

July 8, 2014
Kirkuk, Iraq

Kurdish Peshmerga forces of 10th Brigade 3rd Battalion prepare to defend a newly adopted base they arrived at a week ago. The base was built by the American military during "Operation Iraqi Freedom, and later deserted by Iraqi soldiers when ISIS advanced into the territory on the edges of Kirkuk.

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Iraqi Red Crescent Provides Aid for R...
Karbala, Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
07 Jul 2014

July 7, 2014
Karbala, Iraq

The Iraqi Red Crescent distributes aid at al-Thiqlein school in the Tel Afar district of Karbala, where one hundred and thirty families are taking refuge.
According to the Red Crescent, about one hundred families arrive at Karbala every day. They have all fled Mosul and Nineveh after it fell to the hands of Sunni militants and ISIS.

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Security Conference after Violence in...
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
04 Jul 2014

June 3, 2014
Karbala, Iraq

The deserted streets of Seif Saad in Karbala, after violent clashes between government forces and supporters of Mahmoud al-Hasani al-Sarkhi, a Shiaa cleric who opposes Ali Sistani.
The streets of Karbala are empty of pedestrians and cars because of the curfew imposed by security authorities.

Video also includes Security conference for the police of Karbala with spokesman Col. Ahmed Omran Hasnawi, in Karbala police headquarters:

Transcription of Col. Ahmed Omran Hasnawi's speech:

"By constitution, it is a human’s right to have a personal belief or adopt an ideology. On the other hand, aiding the enemy during combat, buying weapons illegally, forming militias, and assaulting security forces, are unforgivable crimes. It is the government’s job to consider the welfare of the population and their security.

The city of Karbala, the land of peace, love, and forgiveness should not to be overtaken by terrorists and their allies."

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
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By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. During the day of 28 August 2014 there was a firefight, about 3 hours, between IS and the Kurdish army. Peshmerga army sent on ahead a dozen men to evacuate a building occupied by the militants of Islamic State. The two sides are at a distance from each other about 100 meters.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
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By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. There was a firefight between IS and the Kurdish army.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurmatu
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. There was a firefight between IS and the Kurdish army.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The peshmerga throw a mortar shell in the direction of the militants of the Islamic State.