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Dutch Fighter Wounded in Battle for S...
Al-Qamishili, Syria
By Andrew Nunn
23 Jan 2015

In the Kurdish controlled city of Qamishili, Syria, a Dutch man is recovering inside of a hospital for the Kurdish fighters of the YPG. He was reportedly wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device in the city of Shingal, Iraq, where the battle against the Islamic State is in full swing.

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Jan 2015

Video screenshot, from Raqqa, Syria, on January 22, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Raqqa, Syria Street Scenes
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
22 Jan 2015

Various streets scenes of Raqqa, Syria, under IS control.

DISCLAIMER: This video was shot with the approval of ISIS and subjected to review and censorship before publication. The appearance of this video on the Transterra Media website does not in anyway constitute an endorsement by Transterra Media of any claims or statements made in this video.

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Western Lions of Rojava: Dutch Citize...
YPG Hospital Qamishili
By Andrew Nunn
20 Jan 2015

In the city of Qamishili, inside of Rojava Syrian Kurdistan, a Dutch man is recovering inside of a hospital for the Kurdish fighters of the YPG. He was reportedly wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device in the city of Shingal, where the battle against the Islamic State is in full swing.

“I just don’t know what happened. Someone got I.E.D. on me. I don’t remember anything. I just remember, they told me I got an I.E.D. on my head. They screwed me over. I just don’t know what happened, man. Just blacked out.”

Dr Abat Abu Mohammad, "Sarahat Bhotan... (Alias, actual identity withheld) When he came to us from Shingal, he'd been hit with shrapnel and he was in shock. When he came the surgeon and all the doctors gathered in. We called more doctors, and all of them came. The comrade was in a coma when he got here and there was some shrapnel in his head and his face and hands. The shrapnel came from bombs and a mortar rocket -- what the Islamic State terrorists are using. We did an operation, and took the shrapnel out of his head, two pieces of the shrapnel were large pieces, and we were just hoping for our comrade to live. He spent five days in the intensive care unit. He's been on IV infusion and some things and he's started to get better and better.”

While the Dutchman known as Bhotan by his comrades in the YPG, fights to make a full recovery, the YPG and many other Kurdish factions of the Peshmerga continue to fight for the city of Shingal and Sinjar Mountain.

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"This Bullet is for Me": Fighting to ...
Bardarash, Iraqi Kurdistan
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
15 Jan 2015

January 15-17, 2015
Iraqi-Kurdistan

As IS continues its campaign of beheading and torture of its opponents and captives, many Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have made an oath never to be captured alive by IS forces. Some fighters now keep a suicide bullet for themselves to be used if they are about to be captured. This story explores the issue of suicide on the Kurdish frontlines of the battle against IS.

While suicide is strictly forbidden in both Islam and Christianity, many Kurdish fighters feel it is better to take one's own life than be subject to what they fear would be a brutal, merciless captivity and death at the hands of IS. Those interviewed say that the perceived brutality of IS obliges them to reconsider traditional attitudes to suicide.

Interviewees include two peshmerga fighters who both had their own close brushes with death whilst fighting IS. The first one is a hunter experienced in killing wolves and small game who brags that killing ISIS fighters is easier than shooting rabbits. The second one was wounded in battle with IS and is now recovering at home. His father is also interviewed and explains that he always tells his son to fight to the death against IS. Both fighters finish their interviews by explaining why suicide is preferable to capture.

Next, an imam explains the Koranic rules on suicide. Suicide is forbidden in Islam, but God might be more lenient on those who kill themselves in battle.

Finally we interview two fighters on the frontline.

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Leaked Footage from ISIS Defector
Deir Ez Zour
By Transterra Editor
06 Jan 2015

This video collection offers a unique and unauthorized glimpse into the activities of ISIS in Syria. It features meetings led by a high-ranking official of ISIS who attempts to convince clan leaders in a Syrian village to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State. The video also includes scenes of ISIS fighters in military situations and relaxing.

NOTE: The video clips in this collection were obtained by Transterra Media from a source who received it from a member of ISIS who defected from the group. According to the source the videos were recorded in the town of Zir and other locations in Syria between January and June, 2014. Transterra Media cannot independently verify the accuracy of this content. The appearance of this video on the Transterra Media (TTM) website does not in any way constitute endorsement by TTM of any claims or statements made in the video.

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Coalition Peshmerga Training: Field E...
Erbil
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
05 Jan 2015

On 28 January 2015 the Dutch, German and English coalition forces trained Peshmerga on tactical and shooting manoeuvres.

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Swiss Fighter in YPG/Assyriac Militar...
Sari Kani, Syria
By Andrew Nunn
30 Dec 2014

Raw footage of Swiss citizen former Swiss military medic that is fighting alongside the YPG "Lions" in the struggle to rid Rojava of Islamic State militants.

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Shia Militia Clash with ISIS North of...
Balad
By mushtaq mohammed
02 Dec 2014

December 2, 2014
Bald and Dujeil, Iraq

Battles between the Shia militia Al-Abbas Combat Division (ACD) and ISIS continue in the outskirts of the towns of Dujeil and Balad, located, respectively, around 75 and 100 kilometers to the north of Baghdad.

Fighters from this newly formed military group were transported from the southern city of Karbala on Friday, November 28 and deployed on several fronts against ISIS in northern and western Iraq.

More than 20 ACD fighters have been killed and injured in these battles.

The ACD militia was formed in August 2014 and is loyal to the Iraqi federal government and Ayatollah Ali Sistani.

Shot list:

00:00
A wide shot shows fighters cross a bridge to take positions on the other side.
00:07
A wide shot shows fighters setting up a mortar.
00:08
Several wide shots show fighters firing a heavy machine gun mounted on pickup trucks. One of the vehicle hoists the Iraqi federal flag.
01:09
A medium shot shows a fighter behind a heavy machine gun talking to his colleague.
01:17
Several wide shots show fighters firing Kalashnikov rounds from behind earthworks.
01:57
A wide shot shows an open field while gunshots could be heard in the background.
02:06
A wide shot shows a fighter firing single shots from an M16 rifle.
02:12
Several wide shots show fighters positioned behind earthworks.
02:15
A wide shot shows a fighter firing single shots from an M16 rifle and another assuming a position to fire sniper shots.
02:38
A wide shot shows a fighter firing single shots from a Kalashnikov rifle.
02:49
A traveling shot from inside a vehicle shows an open field while talking on walkie-talkie could be heard.
02:55
A traveling shot shows an open field and fighters in a vehicle.
03:01
A traveling shot shows fighters positioned on a building rooftop. Banners of Imam Hussein, a central figure for Shiite Muslims, could be seen near the barricades.
03:07
A wide shot shows a fighter praying while other fighters could be seen in the background standing near the banner of Imam Hussein.
03:22
A medium shot shows a fighter firing a Kalashnikov rifle.
03:35
A wide shot shows a fighter firing sniper shots.
03:40
A wide shot shows fighters firing rounds of automatic rifles from behind barricades.
04:05
A wide shot shows a fighter setting up a machine gun mounted on a Humvee.
04:17
A wide shot shows fighters firing rounds of automatic rifles from behind barricades.
05:02
A wide shot shows a Humvee moving.
05:08
A wide shot shows a fighter firing rounds of a medium-caliber machine gun.
05:24
A wide shot shows a Humvee moving.
05:29
A wide shot shows a pickup truck with a machine gun mounted on it moving. A fighter could be seen behind the machine gun. Another fighter could be heard beseeching Shiite saints.
05:46
A close-up shot shows a fighter aiming his rifle through a hole in barricade.
05:54
A wide shot shows a fighter walking near a barricade while gunshots could be heard.

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Aftermath of Raqqa Bombings by Syrian...
By TTM Contributor 20
01 Dec 2014

27 November 2014 Destruction from recent airstrikes in Raqqa by Syrian Regime warplanes.

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Airstrikes by Assad Regime Kill More ...
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
26 Nov 2014

Raqqa, Syria

November 25, 2014

At least 95 people were killed and 120 injured on Tuesday in a series of airstrikes believed to be carried out by Syrian government forces against civilian neighborhoods in Raqqa, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The airstrikes caused large scale devastation in residential buildings and public squares. A mosque and the local museum were also damaged in the bombing.

Raqqa is the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS.

An international coalition led by the United States has launched a bombing campaign against ISIS positions since September.

Eyewitnesses, however, believe that these airstrikes were carried out by the Syrian government’s air force.

The Syrian regime has repeatedly targeted the city with airstrikes since it lost control over it in March 2013

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ISIS Food Inspectors in Raqqa
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
09 Nov 2014

Raqqa, Syria
November 2014

DISCLAIMER: This video was shot with the approval of ISIS and subjected to review and censorship before publication. The appearance of this video on the Transterra Media website does not in anyway constitute an endorsement by Transterra Media of any claims or statements made in this video.

Footage shows members of the ISIS-run department of control and inspection at work. The video includes an interview with a member of the Control and Inspection Office, who says that the office monitors the quality of different food products and whether they have been produced according to Islamic law. It also includes an interview with a grocer. ISIS members are seen destroying what an announcer says are expired products.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Wide/ external of “Control and Inspection” office run by ISIS
Wide of Raqqa city and ISIS flags

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed ISIS Official
00:08 - 00:44
“The Control and Inspection office has been established in Wilayat [Province] of Raqqa. The office is divided into [two] departments; the first is the Health Inspection Department, whose task consists of inspecting food items and other supplies in the markets. The reports filed by this department are eventually given to the Islamic court. The Meat Department, on the other hand, inspects the quality of all kinds of meat that are being sold. All meat obtained from animals that have not been slaughtered at the slaughterhouse is confiscated; butchers who slaughter animals outside the slaughterhouse are punished.”

Wide of people inside Control and Inspection Office
Close-up of inspector filling in Control and Inspection report
Wide of motorcycles with plates that read “Control and Inspection”
Wide of two men driving away on motorbike with a plate that reads “Control and Inspection”
Wide of pickup truck carrying melons and watermelons
Wide of street and passersby
Various of inspectors examining packed food items inside a grocery store
Various of packed food items stocks
Close-up of ISIS official reports

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed grocery store owner
01:33 – 02:10
“Thanks be to God, and peace be upon God’s Messenger. The Islamic State has set an office for control and inspection, which has had a positive role. It has reminded Muslims of the Prophet’s saying: ‘He who cheats us is not one of us.’ However, a merchant might unintentionally forget certain items on the shelf. Other grocers deliberately leave [expired] merchandise in their shops. We advise them to fear God. We have seen that they [inspectors] – may God reward them – bring this issue to people’s attention. Whenever they find expired products for the first time, they issue a warning and destroy these products. May God reward them.”

Various of inspectors spraying writings saying that stores are being sealed for malpractice

NAT SOUND (Arabic) Announcement by ISIS member
02:26 – 03:12
“In the name of God the Merciful, the Compassionate; thanks to be God, Lord of the worlds; and peace be upon God’s messenger. The Office of Control and Inspection, which is part of the Hisba [Islamic Police] department, has confiscated large amounts of spoiled, expired or badly stored goods, including foodstuff, grain legumes, detergents, beauty products and [UNINTELLGILBLE] products. These products were located in markets in Raqqa province and have an estimated value of 2 million Syrian pounds.
Now, we are going to destroy these products in this public square, in front of all the people. Thanks be to God, Lord of the worlds.”

Various of ISIS members destroying food and other items in public
Various of ISIS members unloading and burning boxes in a dumpster
Wide of clock tower covered with ISIS flag in central Raqqa
Various of ISIS traffic police
Various of workers removing garbage from the street

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'Consumer Protection' in the Islamic ...
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
08 Nov 2014

November 9, 2014
Raqqa, 2014

The Islamic State "Control and Inspection Office" is one of the most active governing ministries in Raqqa. This footage shows members of the ministry searching for expired or spoiled products and products subject to poor storage in the stores and warehouses of Raqqa. The products are then confiscated and destroyed in public.

Other active Islamic State public offices in Raqqa include the Traffic Police Office and the Islamic Services Office.

Shot List:

-Ministry employee finishing his work in the office

-Ministry workers parading in the streets of Raqqa

-Ministry officers fining shop owners for having poor or expired products in their stores.

-One of the shop owners (interviewed) talks about the fining process: either they sign a commitment (pledge paper) or their shop will be sealed with red wax for several days.

-Products are taken to a public square in Raqqa, where Hisbah [Islamic State enforcers] men destroy a small amount of these products in front of the citizens, and the larger amount is taken to the dumpsite.

Speakers:

(00:08) Abu Al Bara’, worker at the Control and Inspection Office: The office was established in the city of Raqqa, and it is divided into two departments: the first is the most important department, the “Health Control Office”. Its main task is to monitor the markets and control the goods in the shops. This division fines shop owners and the case is referred to the court in order to take the right decision. The second division is the “Meat Department”. It is responsible for monitoring all kinds of meat in the State. This department punishes those who slaughter [their animals] outside a slaughterhouse (00:45).

(01:33) Abu Ahmad, a shop owner: Al hamdulillah [Thank god], the Islamic State established the Control and Inspection Office, and it has played a good role. He who defrauds is not one of us من غش فليس منا [Islamic Saying]. However sometimes, the shop owner unwittingly forgets some products on the shelves, and other times, other shoppers do it on purpose, but God punishes them. They usually warn the owners the first time, and then they destroy their products if they repeat.

(02:27) Abu Qahtan, one of the Hisbah men: Bismillah ir-Rahmanir-Rahim [In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate], this is the Control and Inspection Office of the Islamic State. We seized large amounts of spoiled or expired products and products that were subject to poor storage. [This includes] food to beauty products. These products were seized in the shops of the Raqqa market, [and are valued at] approximately 2,000,000 SYP (11979.66 USD). We will destroy them now in front of everyone in this public square (03:12).

This footage was shot by a contributor who had clearance from the Islamic State to film in Raqqa. The footage was reviewed and approved by the Islamic State before being released.

Defying ISIS- Beirut's Shia Commemora...
Beirut
By Transterra Editor
04 Nov 2014

November 4, 2014
Beirut, Lebanon

Amidst tight security, Lebanese Shia citizens defy ISIS bomb threats and participate in Ashura celebrations in Beirut's southern suburbs.

Ashura commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein in the battle of Karbala in 680AD. While primarily a religious celebration, Ashura in Lebanon is highly tied to politics. This year's rally in south Beirut ended with a speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who defended his party's military actions in Syria.

Sunni militant groups like ISIS and Nusra Front have been threatening to attack Hezbollah controlled and Shia dominant areas in Lebanon in revenge for Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian conflict. Last year, Beirut's southern suburbs experienced a wave bombings at the hands of Nusra affiliated militants.

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
04 Nov 2014

November 4, 2014
Raqqa, Syria

The Islamic State "Control and Inspection Office" gather and destroy expired or illegally smuggled cosmetics, beauty products, food products, and detergents. The products were destroyed under the prerogative of consumer protection. Since seizing control of Raqqa and large areas of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State has made a concerted effort to demonstrate an ability to govern the areas it controls.

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Securing the Sanctuary: YPG Fighters ...
Afrin
By Shirwan Qasim
04 Nov 2014

November 4, 2014
Afrin, Syria

While the Syrian-Kurdish cantons of Kobane and Qamishle remain under ISIS pressure and siege, the third Kurdish canton of Afrin is preparing to face any threats that may come its way and continue to be a refuge for minorities and other civilians fleeing ISIS, al-Nusra Front, and the Syrian Government. Part of these preparations involve the establishment of training camps for fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units, also known as the YPG. The commando training camp on the outskirts of Afrin is run by a woman named Busayna, who honed her military skills in the Qandil mountains of Iraq and now teaches them to the fighters of Afrin. Together with their male counterparts, the women of the YPG are now playing an integral part in securing one of the last safe Kurdish refuges in Syria.

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Consumer protection in the islamic st...
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
04 Nov 2014

On the orders of the ruling Islamic State, expired or illegally smuggled cosmetics, beauty products, food products, and detergents are destroyed.

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
04 Nov 2014

On the orders of the ruling Islamic State, expired or illegally smuggled cosmetics, beauty products, food products, and detergents are gathered at a local landfill for destruction.

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
04 Nov 2014

A truck full of expired or illegally smuggled cosmetics, beauty products, food products, and detergents dumps its payload at a local landfill.

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Consumer protection in the islamic st...
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
03 Nov 2014

A truck full of expired or illegally smuggled cosmetics, beauty products, food products, and detergents heads to a local landfill.

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Consumer protection in the islamic st...
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
03 Nov 2014

A truck full of expired or illegally smuggled cosmetics, beauty products, food products, and detergents heads to a local landfill.

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Consumer protection in the islamic st...
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
03 Nov 2014

The Islamic State "Control and Inspection Office" gather and destroy expired or illegally smuggled cosmetics, beauty products, food products, and detergents. The products were destroyed under the prerogative of consumer protection.

Some of the products, like the ones pictured here, were destroyed in public to demonstrate the action taken by the Islamic State, while others were destroyed at a nearby landfill.

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Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
03 Nov 2014

The Islamic State "Control and Inspection Office" gather and destroy expired or illegally smuggled cosmetics, beauty products, food products, and detergents. The products were destroyed under the prerogative of consumer protection.

Since seizing control of Raqqa and large areas of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State has made a concerted effort to demonstrate an ability to govern the areas it controls.