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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.

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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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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.

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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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Consumer protection in the islamic st...
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
03 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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Free Syrian Army Fights in Kobane
kobane
By adrian
30 Oct 2014

October 30-31, 2014 Kobane, Syria A number of Free Syrian Army units have arrived in Kobane to assist Kurdish YPG forces in their struggle against IS. The two groups have joined forces directly on the frontlines and now fight side-by-side.

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Indoctrination by ISIS: Deir ez Zour,...
Deir Ez-Zour
By abd alkareem
29 Oct 2014

October 2014
Deir Ez Zour, Syria

Foreign ISIS fighters in Deir Ez Zour declare their desire to confront the international coalition on the ground and personally behead them.

This rare footage provides a personalized look at the diversity and ideological determination of ISIS fighters. Some of the fighters originate from places as far flung as east Asia. Their fervor is matched in the Islamic State's efforts to spread their ideology amongst the local population, including children, using chilling mass execution videos.

Footage includes interviews with foreign ISIS fighters from east Asia and other places, footage of child indoctrination, fighters at prayer time, ISIS patrols and checkpoints, and more.

This footage was shot by a contributor who obtained approval from the ISIS media center to shoot video in the city. This footage was reviewed and approved by ISIS before it was delivered.

This is a highlight reel. A full 36:46 minutes of footage is available and provides more depth and detail.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This video was recorded by a Syrian contributor who is a resident of Deir ez Zour. He is not member of ISIS and has not sworn allegiance to the group. He obtained approval from ISIS to shoot video in the city and was escorted by an ISIS member while recording the video. He was required to submit the video to ISIS for screening and review. Some scenes were removed at the direction of ISIS before the contributor was permitted to distribute the final version of the video.

Shot List

00:00 – 00:12

A close up shot shows a billboard that reads: “The Islamic State congratulates the people of Mayadeen city for the establishment of the Islamic caliphate.”

The camera zooms out to show cars and motorcycles driving by an ISIS checkpoint below the billboard.

00:13- 00:22

Drivers slow down at an ISIS checkpoint. An ISIS fighter wearing combat fatigues and a knee-long shirt exchanges a few words with the drivers and shakes the hand of some of them before letting them through.

00:23 – 00:27

A close up shot shows an ISIS flag; the camera zooms out to show form below a fighter wearing desert camouflage fatigues standing to it.

01:17 – 01:25

An ISIS fighter recites the call for prayer. The fighter’s surrounding is pixilated.

01:26 – 01:36

Fighters pray inside a small room with the ISIS flag hanging on the wall.

01:37 – 01:46

Fighters drive around the town in a patrol car. Some of them have their faces covered. Two women wearing the niqab walk past the car.

02:28 – 02:51

A night shot shows an audience watching an ISIS propaganda film. Half naked prisoners of war can be seen on the screen, probably from the battle in which ISIS took over the regime-held Tabaqa Airport in the province of Raqqa in August 2014.

02:52 – 03:18

In the same location, man wearing a turban chants and children repeat after him:

“Oh man whose head is tied with a bandanna, where are you?

“All the tyrants are out there, but they do not dare to attack us. Oh man whose head is tied with a bandanna, where are you?"

“We defend [against the tyrants] with cars rigged with explosives, cannons and explosive belts. Oh man whose head is tied with a bandanna, where are you?”

03:19 – 03:24

In the same location, a close up shot shows one of the teenagers in the audience and the camera then zooms out to show a larger part of the crowd.

The speaker calls on the children to say Allahu Akbar (God is great).
The children shout: “Allahu Akbar!”

The speaker then say: “The State of Islam…”
The children complete his sentence, saying: “…shall remain!”

Interviews

00:28 – 00:37

(A fighter with Southeast Asian features is standing among other fighters who have similar features; classical Arabic with a heavy accent).

“This is a malicious crusader campaign waged by America against the beloved Islamic State.”

00:38 – 00:49

(A fighter sitting in a patrol car; Arabic)

“If they have America and Russia and the infidel powers on their side, we have God on ours. Anyone with a mind should think about this: Who will overcome, God almighty or America and its allies?”

00:50 – 01:07

(A fighter sitting in a patrol car; Arabic)

“Only what God has written shall happen to us. Neither America, nor [the Saudi rulers] or the entire world will be able to do [anything]. Our morale is high. By God, we shall defeat Bashar [al-Assad] and America, and purge Saudi Arabia from [the House of Saud].”

01:08 – 01:16
(A young boy sitting on the sidewalk; Arabic)

“My brother was sitting there and the warplane bombed… First we did not know what it really was.”

01:47 – 02:28

(A fighter holding a Kalashnikov rifle sitting next to another fighter; Arabic with a North African accent)

“They believe that they are bombing us from above while we are below; nay, with God’s will, we are above. We rely on God, and God is above everyone. We are above their strength and their weapons. With God’s will, we are waiting for them to cut their heads off. Soon, we will conquer them. We will take them and their women prisoners and sell them in the slave market. God willing, they will be our slaves.”

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Indoctrination by ISIS: Deir ez Zour,...
Deir Ez-Zour
By abd alkareem
28 Oct 2014

October 2014,
Deir Ez Zour, Syria

Foreign ISIS fighters in Deir Ez Zour declare their desire to confront the international coalition on the ground and personally behead them.

This rare footage provides a personalized look at the diversity and ideological determination of ISIS fighters. Some of the fighters originate from places as far flung as east Asia. Their fervor is matched in the Islamic State's efforts to spread their ideology amongst the local population, including children, using chilling mass execution videos.

Footage includes interviews with foreign ISIS fighters from east Asia and other places, footage of child indoctrination, fighters at prayer time, ISIS patrols and checkpoints, and more.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
This video was recorded by a Syrian contributor who is a resident of Deir ez Zour. He is not member of ISIS and has not sworn allegiance to the group. He obtained approval from ISIS to shoot video in the city and was escorted by an ISIS member while recording the video. He was required to submit the video to ISIS for screening and review. Some scenes were removed at the direction of ISIS before the contributor was permitted to distribute this final version of the video.

Shot list

00:00 – 00:51

A close up shot shows a billboard that reads: “The Islamic State congratulates the people of Mayadeen city the establishment of an Islamic caliphate.”

The camera zooms out to show cars and motorcycles driving by an ISIS checkpoint below the billboard.

00:52 – 01:18

Drivers slow down at an ISIS checkpoint. An ISIS fighter wearing combat fatigues and a knee-long shirt exchanges a few words with the drivers and shakes the hand of some of them before letting them through.

01:19 – 01:25

A pickup truck hoisting ISIS flag and carrying a motorcycle drives by the same checkpoint that appears in the establishing shot. Part of the shot is pixilated.

01:26 – 01:32

A close up shot shows an ISIS flag; the camera zooms out to show a fighter wearing desert camouflage fatigues standing to it.

01:33 – 01:39
A medium shot shows pickup trucks and vans driving by the same checkpoint featured in the establishing shot. Three fighters wearing dark Afghan style outfits can be seen.

01:40 – 01:51
A close up shot shows ISIS flag between the two barrels of an anti-aircraft machinegun. The camera zooms out to show a damaged building beneath the flag and a part vehicle on which the machine gun is mounted as well as a fighter’s hand laid on the machine gun.

01:52 – 02:00

A close up shot on the same flag and a zoom out shows the same machine gun in the previous shot, with a clearer view of the military pickup truck carrying the machine gun.

02:01 – 02:06

A medium shot a black sign on the front of a building that reads, from right to left: “The Islamic State; The Islamic Police in al-Mayadeen; The Province of the Good [the name that ISIS gave to Deir al-Zor province].” A Quranic verse written at the top of the sign reads: “The command is for none but God.” Four men can be seen on the headquarters’ balcony, talking. One of them is wearing an ammunition vest over his plain clothes.

(A fighter with Southeast Asian features is standing among other fighters who have similar racial features; he recites, with a heavy accent, a religious speech in classical Arabic inspired from Prophet Mohammad’s sayings.)

02:06 – 04:29

“In the name of God, thanks be to God. Thanks be to God who made jihad the most exalted element of Islam. Peace be upon he [the Prophet] who was sent with a sword and not a pen. Thanks be to God.

“This is a malicious crusaders’ campaign waged by America against the beloved Islamic State. It has only increased our resolution, strength and steadfastness. It also strengthened our belief that we are righteous, and that the Islamic State is following the Prophet’s path. Why? It is because infidels are never pleased with the rule of Islam.

“God almighty says [a verse from the Quran]: ‘Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with thee unless thou follow their form of religion.’ He also says: ‘Nor will they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your faith if they can,’ and Fain would they extinguish Allah´s light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest it.’

“Again, I say that this vicious and malicious crusaders’ campaign against the Islamic State, nay against the people of Islam has only increased our resolution, strength and steadfastness. God also says: ‘Men said to them: A great army is gathering against you: And frightened them, but it only increased their Faith. They said: For us Allah sufficeth, and He is the best disposer of affairs.’”

Interviewer: “What do you think of the countries that call themselves Islamic, yet participate in the war of the cross against the Islamic State?”

Fighter: “Thanks be to God. Countries that wrongfully call themselves ‘Islamic’ are tyrants. They do not apply the Islamic Sharia; they are fighting against Islam, mujahedeen [holy worriers] and anyone who wants to apply Islam.
These are not Islamic states; they are secular and infidel countries that do not differ from America or European countries.

“They are the tyrants whom Allah almighty ordered us to fight against with whatever might we have.”

(Two fighters; Arabic with accent from the Arabian peninsula)

04:30 – 8:29

Interviewer asks a question that is not very audible.

Fighter:
“Thanks be to God, and Peace upon God’s Messenger. By God, we have only increased in strength and steadfastness. Thanks be to God. By God, we did not even notice whether they bombed or not. We are very strong, God willing.

“The heavier the bombing against us becomes, the closer to God we become. We are firmly belive that God almighty will grant us victory. They [fight] with their strength, we [fight relying on] God almighty.”

Interviewer:
“As a Saudi, you know that the Saudi government has taken part in the war on the side of the Cross against the Islamic State. What is your position on that issue? What did you think when you knew that your country is fighting against the Islamic State?”

Fighter:
“Well, Thanks be to God, and Peace upon God’s Messenger, first of all, you are saying that I am ‘Saudi,’ in attribution to [the House of Saud] the tyrants, who rule the Arabian peninsula, it’s as if [the country] is theirs… We know their [position] before the start of this campaign, but now the picture is clear to the common people. We know that they bombed our brothers in Iraq and that warplanes were taking off from the Arabian Peninsula to bomb our brothers in Iraq and Yemen.

Interviewer:
“Did you already know that they are apostates?”

Fighter:
“Yes, we know, we know. We also know that they initiated ‘the war against terror,’ which is in fact a war against jihad. They want to extinguish the light of jihad. We know that they are infidels, but now the picture is clear for the common people of the Arabian Peninsula – those who still believed that America’s slave, the son of Saud [the Saudi monarch] is Muslim and defends Islam. Thanks be to God that the picture is clear to them. He bombed our brothers in Raqqa and al-Sham. By God’s will, this turn against them.”

Interviewer:

“Had you been in your country and heard that Saudi Arabia took part in the bombing against the Islamic State, what would you have done?”

Fighter:
“We would have fought against them. By God, we would have against them if we were in the Arabian Peninsula, either as part of the organization or individually. God willing, the youth of the Peninsula will fight against them as part of individual work – killing the tyrants’ soldiers – or as part of the organization. We are hopeful about that.”

Interviewer:
“Do you have any last word you would like to your friends in Saudi Arabia?”

Fighter:
“I would like to say to my brothers in the Arabian Peninsula to stand and start and start jihad. I know that some people cannot leave the country or are imprisoned; I say to them to start [fighting] inside. God almighty will grant them victory.”

Interviewer:
“[What do you say about] the clerics who gave fatwas to fight the Islamic State?”

Fighter:
“By God, they have not been to harm. This has only increased our steadfastness. We know that they have already been apostates – they were trying to preach to our brothers in the Prison of Hael [in Saudi Arabia] or other prisons, telling them that they are not fit for jihad. We hope that we could get hold of their necks.”

8:30 – 09:27

(A fighter sitting in a patrol car; Arabic)

“Thanks be to God almighty. We have only grown stronger and more attached to this path. We are like the Prophet’s companions before the Battle of al-Ahzab. They were told that the infidels are preparing themselves to fight against them and that they should fear them, but God only strengthened their faith.

“By God, we are only happier and believe that we are on the right path. We are the believers [mentioned in the Quran]: ‘A great army is gathering against you… but it only increased their Faith. They said: For us Allah sufficeth, and He is the best disposer of affairs.’”

“In the face of God might, they are worthless. If they have America and Russia and the infidel powers on their side, we have God on our side. Anyone who is religious and able to think should think about this: Who will overcome, God almighty or America and its allies?”

09:28 – 09:47

(A fighter sitting in a patrol car; Arabic)

“Only what God has written shall happen to us. Neither America, nor [the Saudi rulers] or the entire world will be able to do [anything]. Our morale is high. By God, we shall defeat Bashar [al-Assad] and America, and purge Saudi Arabia from [the House of Saud].”

09:48 – 10:11

(A fighter in the middle of the street wearing sunglasses; Arabic)

“We want them to be here on the ground to see heads being cuts, God willing. Thanks be to God, we are holding fast. If they want to fight the [Islamic] State and they believe they are strong, let them [fight us] on the ground. The [real] battle is on the ground, not fought with warplanes. God willing, their dead will go to hell and ours to heaven.

10:12 – 10:28

(A young boy sitting on the sidewalk; Arabic)

“We were over there and the airplane struck. We didn’t even see it but we saw smoke. “My brother was sitting there and the warplane bombed… First we didn’t know what it really was.”

10:29 – 11:14

Arab fighters are sitting outside house. Fighters who seem Southeast Asian come out and start preparing for the interview. An Arab fighter talks about one of the other fighters, saying he is Indonesian. An Arab fighter talks in classical Arabic: “The brother will talk as well holding the PKC [machine gun], and the others will stand guard.”

He then talks with an accent that sounds Tunisian: “I don’t to appear in the frame.” Then he laughs and says in French: “Action! I mean ‘Action’ [pronounced in English], I’m sorry, they didn’t understand [the word in French].”

11:15 – 11:17

The same Asian fighters sit inside a house.

11:18 – 11:27

A close shot shows a PKC machinegun the camera then zooms out to show one of the Asian fighters talking with an Arab fighter inside a house.

11:28 – 11:43

An ISIS fighter recites the call for prayer. The fighter’s surrounding is pixilated.

11:44 – 11:55
Fighters pray inside a small room with the ISIS flag hanging on the wall.

11:56 – 12:06
Some of the fighters stand around finishing their prayers.

12:07 – 12:24
The camera zooms in to show, from behind, ISIS fighters in a pickup truck carrying with a machinegun mounted on it.

12:25 – 12:51
A right traveling shot shows verses from the Quran and sayings by the Prophet neatly graphitized and then a destroyed building.

12:52 – 13:17

A close shot taken from a moving car shows the same fighters in a military pickup truck shown earlier. One of the fighters waves to someone. Two women wearing the niqab walk past the vehicle. The car then takes turn left. Another woman wearing the niqab can be seen walking in the street.

13:18 – 13:20

A medium shot shows four women wearing the niqab walking.

13:21 – 13:33
A general shot shows shops. A sign outside a clothing shop reads: “Women’s beauty lies in their modesty.”

13:34 – 14:44

A general shot shows the vegetables and meat market and then ISIS fighters standing guard next to a sign that reads: “Parking reserved for the electricity company vehicles.” Two men carrying Kalashnikov rifles walk with a child.

14:45 – 15:29

A general shot shows ISIS flags on the side of the road.

15:30 – 16:00

A distant shot shows ISIS fighters standing in a public square and religious police car drives by making an announcement an announcement on loud speakers. The same fighters go and talk to some of shop owners and shake their hands.

16:01 – 16:34

A medium shot shows fighters talking to a civilian man who puts his hands on his head – this is usually a sign of respect or even obedience.

16:35 – 18:13

A medium shot shows ISIS flags on electric pole in the same square; the camera then zooms out to show fighters and women wearing the niqab. The camera then zooms in on an adjacent street.

18:14 – 18:55
A medium shot taken from a moving car shows ISIS flags planted around a roundabout.

18:56 – 19:19
A right traveling shot shows children doing their ablutions in preparation for prayers then men standing near them or walking. Other men can be seen already doing their prayers in the nearby hall.

19:20 – 19:37

A medium shot shows men praying; the camera zooms in on the verse from the Quran: “Prayers are enjoined on believers at stated times.”

19:38 – 19:45
A medium shot of an elderly man reciting the call for prayer inside the mosque. All the men stand in rows to start praying.

19:46 – 20:08
Men walk out of the mosque while it is dark outside.

20:09 – 20:15

A medium shot shows a demolished checkpoint and broken trees.

20:16 – 20:45

A medium shot shows a different angle of the same location. The caption reads: “The Political [Security] building – a previous headquarters of the [Islamic] State that was bombed by the regime’s warplanes.”

20:46 – 21:20
A medium shot shows a different angle of the same location. The caption reads: “The Political [Security] building – a previous headquarters of the [Islamic] State that was bombed by the regime’s warplanes.”

21:21 – 21:52
A medium shot shows a different angle of the same location. A gate remains standing with graffiti that reads: “God is great;” “Thanks be to God;” “I beseech God for forgiveness.”

The caption reads: “The Political [Security] building – a previous headquarters of the [Islamic] State that was bombed by the regime’s warplanes.”

21:53 – 22:05
A saying by the second Caliph in Islam Omar bin al-Khattab is graphitized on a concrete guard booth in the same location. Part of the graffiti is covered with rubble.

22:06 – 22:22

Fighters shown in a previous shot talking to civilian in a public square conclude their conversation and leave.

22:23 – 22:28

A patrol car drives by on a main road.

22:34 – 22:53

(A fighter holding a Kalashnikov rifle sitting next to another fighter; Arabic with a North African accent)

“The American has only strengthened us and raised our morale and strengthened our belief in God almighty.

“We know that they are losers and cowards, and that they cannot do anything. They thought that they are they are bombing us from above while we are below; nay, with God’s will, we are above. We rely on God, and God is above everyone. God is above their strength and their weapons. With God’s will, we are waiting for them to cut their heads off. Soon, we will conquer them. We will take them and their women prisoners and sell them in the slave market. God willing, they will be our slaves.

“Our morale is becoming stronger, with the will of God. Their strikes will only strengthen our belief in God almighty.”

23:55 – 25:34

Fighters drive by in a patrol car in the market while two young boys watch. Fighters (who appear in a previous shot) get out of the car and walk in the market, saluting people.

25:35 – 25:42

Two children make the victory sign, and say “Takbeer” (a call to say “Allahu Akbar” or God is great). The cameraman says “Allahu Akbar.”

25:43 - 26:22

Verses from the Quran and the Prophet’s saying are graphitized on a wall lining a main road.

26:23 – 27:03

A medium shot shows fighters in a patrol car (shown before) from behind. The fighters stop again to talk to people standing on the side of the road who look apprehensive while listening.

27:04 – 28:03

A night shot shows a man preaching during a public gathering.

“We say to you, dearly beloved, that we are your sons. If we have made mistakes, it is because we are not infallible; we are not angels who were descended from heaven. If we didn’t make mistakes we wouldn’t be human, God forbid. We make mistakes and we do things right – this is human nature. But we do not make mistakes on purpose.

“For whoever has been wronged, our backs and skins are ready to succumb God almighty’s law. Do not be scared; you can complain against anyone who assaults you, whether he is an emir [official] or a low-ranking fighter and you will be given your right, with the will of God.”

28:03 – 28: 30

A shot of the same man preaching at the same event.

“Be patient and do not forget to pray for brothers [Islamic State fighters]. The days to come will change the course of history, with God’s will. America came with its allies, promising to defeat us, and has been aided by the treacherous Arab rulers. God almighty promised to grant us victory.”

28:31- 29:18

A night shot at the same event shows an audience watching an ISIS propaganda film. A caption on the screen reads: “Tracking herds of the Alawite army fleeing the airport.
In the audience, children are seated in the front rows and watching attentively.

29:19 – 31:13

In the same propaganda film, warplanes can be seen – probably captured from the regime. The hymn that accompanies the footage says: The State of Islam will crush all borders… It is here to remain.” Half naked prisoners of war can be seen on the screen, probably from the battle in which ISIS took over the regime-held Tabaqa Airport in the province of Raqqa in August 2014.

31:14 – 33:15
A speaker says: “The State of Islam…”
Children complete his sentence, saying: “…shall remain!”

He then calls on children to say Allahu Akbar (God is great).
The children shout: “Allahu Akbar!”
The speaker then announces that a man called Abu Omar will recite verses from the Quran.

Abu Omar recites verses from the Quran about jihad while the sound of the generator can be heard in the background.

33:16 – 33:46
The preacher who appears in a previous shot appears again, explaining the verses recited by Abu Omar, stressing that God does not love traitors.

He adds: “All the nations are unleashed against us like dogs. America and the West are driven by the Cross and headed by God enemy [US President Barack] Obama. They came with their warplanes to defeat us. But God says that defends those who believe.”

33:47 – 34:13

In the same location, a man wearing a turban chants and children repeat after him:

“Oh man whose head is tied with a bandanna, where are you?

“All the tyrants are out there, but they do not dare to attack us. Oh man whose head is tied with a bandanna, where are you?

“We defend [against the tyrants] with cars rigged with explosives, cannons and explosive belts. Oh man whose head is tied with a bandanna, where are you?”

34:14 – 34:19

The speaker calls on the children to say Allahu Akbar (God is great).
The children shout: “Allahu Akbar!”

The speaker then say: “The State of Islam…”
The children complete his sentence, saying: “…shall remain!”

34:20 – 35:07

The same speaker continues: “Beloved ones, they said that the Islamic State withdrew from Deir al-Zor, is it true? Who has heard this? Are you certain now that this media is full of lies? That it is a failure; fakes the truth; looks after profit and serves the benefit of tyrants? This is the function of media. Media only was created to misrepresent Islam and serve the House of [Saud] and the House of Khalifa [the rulers of Bahrain] and tyrants in all places times.

35:08 – 35:28

A close up shot shows the same speaker.

“With God’s will, we shall remain despite them. [The Islamic State] shall remain the Province of the Good – Deir al-Zor. We send this message to the Hebrew channel [a play on words to degrade Al-Arabiya] and Al-Jazeera and all the other satellite channels of wrongdoing.”

35:29 – 36:46

A speaker stands next to teenagers, and asks the crowd to say “Allahu Akbar” loud enough so that Obama can hear it. When they say it, he laughs, saying that their voice will only reach the US Secretary of State.

He then chants a hymn, with children repeating after him: “We shall stay here so that pain is gone. We shall live here; the melody shall be sweet. Oh my state, my state.”

Interviews

(A fighter with Southeast Asian features is standing among other fighters who have similar racial features; he recites, with a heavy accent, a religious speech in classical Arabic inspired from Prophet Mohammad’s sayings.)

02:06 – 04:29

“In the name of God, thanks be to God. Thanks be to God who made jihad the most exalted element of Islam. Peace be upon he [the Prophet] who was sent with a sword and not a pen. Thanks be to God.

“This is a malicious crusaders’ campaign waged by America against the beloved Islamic State. It has only increased our resolution, strength and steadfastness. It also strengthened our belief that we are righteous, and that the Islamic State is following the Prophet’s path. Why? It is because infidels are never pleased with the rule of Islam.

“God almighty says [a verse from the Quran]: ‘Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with thee unless thou follow their form of religion.’ He also says: ‘Nor will they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your faith if they can,’ and Fain would they extinguish Allah´s light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest it.’

“Again, I say that this vicious and malicious crusaders’ campaign against the Islamic State, nay against the people of Islam has only increased our resolution, strength and steadfastness. God also says: ‘Men said to them: A great army is gathering against you: And frightened them, but it only increased their Faith. They said: For us Allah sufficeth, and He is the best disposer of affairs.’”

Interviewer: “What do you think of the countries that call themselves Islamic, yet participate in the war of the cross against the Islamic State?”

Fighter: “Thanks be to God. Countries that wrongfully call themselves ‘Islamic’ are tyrants. They do not apply the Islamic Sharia; they are fighting against Islam, mujahedeen [holy worriers] and anyone who wants to apply Islam.
These are not Islamic states; they are secular and infidel countries that do not differ from America or European countries.

“They are the tyrants whom Allah almighty ordered us to fight against with whatever might we have.”

(Two fighters; Arabic with accent from the Arabian peninsula)

04:30 – 8:29

Interviewer asks a question that is not very audible.

Fighter:
“Thanks be to God, and Peace upon God’s Messenger. By God, we have only increased in strength and steadfastness. Thanks be to God. By God, we did not even notice whether they bombed or not. We are very strong, God willing.

“The heavier the bombing against us becomes, the closer to God we become. We are firmly belive that God almighty will grant us victory. They [fight] with their strength, we [fight relying on] God almighty.”

Interviewer:
“As a Saudi, you know that the Saudi government has taken part in the war on the side of the Cross against the Islamic State. What is your position on that issue? What did you think when you knew that your country is fighting against the Islamic State?”

Fighter:
“Well, Thanks be to God, and Peace upon God’s Messenger, first of all, you are saying that I am ‘Saudi,’ in attribution to [the House of Saud] the tyrants, who rule the Arabian peninsula, it’s as if [the country] is theirs… We know their [position] before the start of this campaign, but now the picture is clear to the common people. We know that they bombed our brothers in Iraq and that warplanes were taking off from the Arabian Peninsula to bomb our brothers in Iraq and Yemen.

Interviewer:
“Did you already know that they are apostates?”

Fighter:
“Yes, we know, we know. We also know that they initiated ‘the war against terror,’ which is in fact a war against jihad. They want to extinguish the light of jihad. We know that they are infidels, but now the picture is clear for the common people of the Arabian Peninsula – those who still believed that America’s slave, the son of Saud [the Saudi monarch] is Muslim and defends Islam. Thanks be to God that the picture is clear to them. He bombed our brothers in Raqqa and al-Sham. By God’s will, this turn against them.”

Interviewer:

“Had you been in your country and heard that Saudi Arabia took part in the bombing against the Islamic State, what would have done?”

Fighter:
“We would have fought against them. By God, we would have against them if we were in the Arabian Peninsula, either as part of the organization or individually. God willing, the youth of the Peninsula will fight against them as part of individual work – killing the tyrants’ soldiers – or as part of the organization. We are hopeful about that.”

Interviewer:
“Do you have any last word you would like to your friends in Saudi Arabia?”

Fighter:
“I would like to say to my brothers in the Arabian Peninsula to stand and start and start jihad. I know that some people cannot leave the country or are imprisoned; I say to them to start [fighting] inside. God almighty will grant them victory.”

Interviewer:
“[What do you say about] the clerics who gave fatwas to fight the Islamic State?”

Fighter:
“By God, they have not been to harm. This has only increased our steadfastness. We know that they have already been apostates – they were trying to preach to our brothers in the Prison of Hael [in Saudi Arabia] or other prisons, telling them that they are not fit for jihad. We hope that we could get hold of their necks.”

8:30 – 09:27

(A fighter sitting in a patrol car; Arabic)

“Thanks be to God almighty. We have only grown stronger and more attached to this path. We are like the Prophet’s companions before the Battle of al-Ahzab. They were told that the infidels are preparing themselves to fight against them and that they should fear them, but God only strengthened their faith.

“By God, we are only happier and believe that we are on the right path. We are the believers [mentioned in the Quran]: ‘A great army is gathering against you… but it only increased their Faith. They said: For us Allah sufficeth, and He is the best disposer of affairs.’”

“In the face of God might, they are worthless. If they have America and Russia and the infidel powers on their side, we have God on our side. Anyone who is religious and able to think should think about this: Who will overcome, God almighty or America and its allies?”

09:28 – 09:47

(A fighter sitting in a patrol car; Arabic)

“Only what God has written shall happen to us. Neither America, nor [the Saudi rulers] or the entire world will be able to do [anything]. Our morale is high. By God, we shall defeat Bashar [al-Assad] and America, and purge Saudi Arabia from [the House of Saud].”

09:48 – 10:11

(A fighter in the middle of the street wearing sunglasses; Arabic)

“We want them to be here on the ground to see heads being cuts, God willing. Thanks be to God, we are holding fast. If they want to fight the [Islamic] State and they believe they are strong, let them [fight us] on the ground. The [real] battle is on the ground, not fought with warplanes. God willing, their dead will go to hell and ours to heaven.

10:12 – 10:28

(A young boy sitting on the sidewalk; Arabic)

“We were over there and the airplane struck. We didn’t even see it but we saw smoke. “My brother was sitting there and the warplane bombed… First we didn’t know what it really was.”

22:34 – 22:53

(A fighter holding a Kalashnikov rifle sitting next to another fighter; Arabic with a North African accent)

“The American has only strengthened us and raised our morale and strengthened our belief in God almighty.

“We know that they are losers and cowards, and that they cannot do anything. They thought that they are they are bombing us from above while we are below; nay, with God’s will, we are above. We rely on God, and God is above everyone. God is above their strength and their weapons. With God’s will, we are waiting for them to cut their heads off. Soon, we will conquer them. We will take them and their women prisoners and sell them in the slave market. God willing, they will be our slaves.

“Our morale is becoming stronger, with the will of God. Their strikes will only strengthen our belief in God almighty.”

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Inside Kobane (Video)
Kobane
By Shirwan Qasim
27 Oct 2014

Kobane, Syria

This video shows the destruction inside Kobane after weeks of ISIS siege. Conditions in the city are dire as medications are not available. All Kurdish fighters in the city are volunteers. This footage was shot on Kobane's eastern front, approximately 400 meters from the nearest ISIS position.

Male YPG Fighter:

"Nobody can beat the Kurdish population. I want to ensure the Kurds that no power can take Kobane, or evict us from Kobane. We will not allow anyone to enter our land. If we lose our land, we lose our dignity and honor."

Injured Child:

"ISIS have attacked us from the telecommunication tower. My mother and I were going to get water, and we were attacked by snipers."

A female fighter from the women protection unit of the YPG:

"I joined the women protection unit to protect my people and my country."

"The criminals who are attacking our homes, our children, and our siblings have taken everything in the city and left nothing for us. I ask all the men who left the city to return to it and defend it. I invite them to carry their weapons because each and every one of us is entitled to do something for Kobane."

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The Streets of Raqqa
Raqqa
By Transterra Editor
25 Oct 2014

October 25, 2014
Raqqa, Syria

As the US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group continue, life goes on in the IS capital of Raqqa. Evidence of IS governance abound on things like billboards, which remind women to cover their faces, and fighters acting as traffic police. Shops go about business as usual, trading in US Dollars and Syrian Pounds, but also facing the challenge of import restrictions.

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Inside Kobane
Kobane
By Shirwan Qasim
18 Oct 2014

Kobane, Syria
October 18-22, 2014

As the battle for Kobane rages, one journalist smuggled himself into the besieged battle zone get a first hand look at the destruction wrought on the this small, but strategically important Syrian city.

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Syrian Kurdish Female Fighter Trainin...
Kobani
By hoger
17 Oct 2014

October 17, 2014
Kurdish training camp located between Qamishli and Kobane, Syria

Kurdish women who signed up for a military training camp to defend their towns from ISIS, speak about the reasons why they decided to join the Kurdish Peoples Protection Unit (YPG). Most are motivated by a desire to help repel ISIS attacks on their homes. They speak also about their lives in the camp.

Note that any woman who joins the force is given a new name, different from her original.

Shot list:

Fighters training (both women and men)
Interview with female fighters
Female fighters eating lunch
Female fighters shooting
Kurdish female fighter at checkpoint
Photos of fighters who lost their lives in the conflicts
Female fighters marching

Sound Bites:

(02:38) Naline, a 19-year-old fighter from al-Qamishli: I was a school student, every time I went to school I felt fear, so I quit temporarily to defend my land and country, to protect my friends from the fear that I felt and to help people live in safety and security. I sacrificed my future to help build other's (02:45).

نالين (19 سنة) من قرى ريف القامشلي تقول: "كنت طالبة، وكنت اذهب دائما الى مدرستي والخوف ينتابني لذلك تركت المدرسة مؤقتا كي ادافع عن ارضي ووطني وازيل الخوف عن صديقاتي الاخريات ولكي ينعم الناس جميعا بالامان". وتضيف: "ضحيت بمستقبلي كي أبني مستقبل غيري".

(01:25) Zaline, a 21-year-old fighter: We carried our weapons and went to the front to fight ISIS, our enemy. They fear our weapons and are shocked by our strength. Life here is not ordinary, you do not find the lies, the betrayal and the hypocrisy you find in a normal life. Here you find true friendship. We want everyone to know that a woman is not different to a man when it comes to defending her country. We ask women all over the world not to underestimate themselves and believe that they are able to accomplish anything (02:00).

زالين (21 سنة) المقاتلة تقول: "حملنا السلاح لنقاتل في جبهة واحدة، يدا بيد. العدو المتمثل بتنظيم "داعش" وغيره (من المجموعات) يخشى سلاحنا وقد تفاجأ بقوتنا. الحياة هنا تختلف عن الحياة العادية، فهنا لا يوجد كذب أو نفاق أو خيانة. هنا، تفتدي (كل مقاتلة) الأخريات بروحها، والصداقة موجودة بأسمى صورها ومعانيها. نريد ان يقتنع الجميع بأن المرأة لا تقل عن الرجل في ما يخص الدفاع عن الوطن، كما نطالب نساء العالم جميعا بألا يقللن من شأن أنفسهن، وأن يقتنعن بأن المراة باستطاعتها فعل أي شيء".

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Peshmerga Heightens Security in Kurdi...
Erbil
By Maryam Ashrafi
09 Oct 2014

This collection of pictures shows the Kurdish Peshmerga forces' readiness to combat ISIS forces. The capture of Mosul by ISIS was a political game-changer in Iraq. Initially, ISIS’ strategy seemed to consist of taking control of Iraq's Sunni regions and scourge and oppress the Shia population. Kurds optimistically believed that this was solely a conflict between ISIS and the Shias and so adopted a defensive strategy across their region. However, due to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s anti-Sunni policies and the dissatisfaction of the Iraqi Army, ISIS quickly expanded its control, taking over vast territories in northern Iraq and the Kurdistan area. ISIS took over the Kurdish Yazidi town of Shangal, forcing the Peshmerga to retreat. Yazidis escaped to the nearby mount Sinjar, which they consider a holy site, but were surrounded by ISIS militants. It was at this point that the Syrian People's Defense Forces (YPG) militias and the Peshmerga launched an effective attack against that was aided by US airstrikes. These forces managed to drive the militants back, securing a safe passage for tens of thousands of Yazidis.

Despite these efforts, ISIS continued to threaten more Kurdish territories, taking control over Makhmour and putting Iraqi Kurdistan's capital Erbil at risk. The PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) and US Air Force launched another attack, forcing ISIS to retreat from many Kurdish areas, including Makhmour. It became obvious that ISIS was not only targeting the Iraqi Shias but also posed a large threat to Iraqi and Syrian Kurds. Therefore a new tactical coalition between these parties became vital. Iraqi Kurdistan became seriously involved in a war which, two months earlier, was not likely. In some respects it has benefitted Kurds, allowing them to extend the borders of their autonomous region and claim control over the disputed city of Kirkuk. On the other hand, ISIS' quest to impose an Islamic state could spell great danger for the Kurds and the region as a whole.

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Secret Footage of Life under ISIS in ...
Raqqa
By mchreyteh
08 Oct 2014

Armed with nothing but a camera hidden in her purse and her courage, 25-year-old Raghad risked her life to return to her hometown Raqqa. She has filmed how life in the city has changed since ISIS took complete control in the beginning of 2014.

ISIS militants quickly imposed regulations based on what they consider to be Sharia law. They used government buildings as headquarters and set up security checkpoints and patrols.

Raghad walked the streets she has known for her entire life, however, she is now forced to wear the niqab, in adherence to the dress code that ISIS has imposed on all women.

At the entrance of Al-Rashid public park, Raghad comes across a woman wearing a niqab and a Kalashnikov rifle on her back. The woman is visiting the park with her husband and young child.

ISIS militants, driving a car, suddenly pull over to warn Raghad about her niqab.

AMB

Man in Car: Sister, you have to be respectful in a public place.

Raghad: Why?

Man in car: Your face is showing.

Raghad: I am really sorry; the niqab might be a bit transparent. I am sorry.

Man in car: Sister, you must be careful about how you cover up, God loves a covered woman.

Raghad: Please forgive me.

As ISIS controls flour supplies to feed its fighters, bread has become scarce. Residents of Raqqa stand in long queues in front of public bakeries to get their daily bread.

For many others, charity kitchens are the only source of food.

AMB

Raghad: What are these?

Girl: Buckets.

Raghad: What for?
Girl: We take them home.

Raghad: Do you come here to fill them up with food and take them home?

Girl: Yes.

Raghad: Are you from Raqqa?

Girl: Yes.

In Raqqa, this scene has become ordinary. Shop owners have to stop working in order to pray in public, the moment they hear the call from the mosque. Otherwise, they risk being flogged, jailed and fined, and their shops would be closed for a month.

In this Internet café in central Raqqa, French women are using social media to talk with their families back home.

AMB

16:15 – 16: 31 I don’t want to return because I am happy here, Mum.

16:44 – 16:50 We have everything here. I can assure you. There is everything here.

17:38 – 18:00 I am not planning on coming back. I’m saying this bluntly. You have to understand that I’m not returning. I didn’t take the risk to come here to go back to France.

Children have also been victims of these draconian measures imposed by ISIS. Raghad met a group of children who gave her a secret demonstration of capoeira, a Brazilian traditional dance, as part of a psychological support program to recover from war trauma.

When ISIS took over, the training program was stopped as the extremist group banned music and dancing, as well as males and females socializing with one another.

“Since ISIS came, we had to stop practicing capoeira.

It has been more than two months that we have not practiced.

I miss capoeira. I have so many memories next to these walls.

We used to come here, Hoedi, Saba, Hala and I. We would bring the instruments and sit and talk and cry about capoeira and how Amer [the capoeira coach] left.

The future of these children remains uncertain as ISIS continues to control Raqqa. Not fully aware of the consequences of playing in a mixed group of boys and girls, they are grasping on to the innocence of their childhood.

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Raqqa Citizens Criticize IS
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 23
07 Oct 2014

October 7, 2014
Raqqa, Syria

Citizens of Raqqa speak out against ISIS who have taken total control over the Syrian city. Since May 2013 ISIS have been increasing their control, enforcing sharia law and publicly executing those they deem to be Alawites or supporters of the Syrian regime. Beginning in September 2014, the United States and partner nations conducted air strikes against IS in areas of their control, including Raqqa.

Sound Bite 1:

(00:00) Interviewer: As a child, what has changed in your life now that ISIS are here? (00:03). (00:03) Child: “I feel more afraid now because of the way they look and the way they dress, and their actions in the city have become terrifying.” (00:07) (00:07) Interviewer: Do they prevent you from going to school? (00:10) (00:11) Child: “Since they day ISIS took over Raqqa, they took our childhood from us. They don't allow us to go to school anymore.” (00:16) (00:16) Interviewer: Do you think they're right, and that they truly are The Islamic State who represent Islam? (00:19) Child: “ISIS is not Islam. They execute the citizens in the roads [in front of our eyes], and our parents tell us they behead and whip the people for no reason, and whoever says no to them is executed.” (00:34)

Sound Bite 2:

00:00) Interviewer: What has changes since ISIS has taken over Raqqa?(00:03)
(00:03) Man: “Everything has changed in the city of Raqqa since ISIS has taken over and we have been living in a state of fear.” (00:09) (00:10) Interviewer: Is there more security in the streets? (00:12) (00:12) Man: “In the past when the area was under the protection of the Free Syrian Army there was safety but now there is absolutely no safety because of the increased danger from ISIS.” (00:18) (00:19) Interviewer: Did the fighting intensify or decrease? (00:20) Man: “The fighting has decreased because there is no official army.” (00:27) Interviewer: Is there a curfew? (00:28) (00:29) Man: Yes, when ISIS feels threatened they announce the curfews through the mosques.” (00:35) (00:36) Interviewer: Did the security investigations increase? Did inspection increase? (00:40) (00:40) Man: “At the Internet cafes they search the mobiles and they smell fingers looking for smokers.” (00:48) (00:48) Interviewer: In regards to women what has changed, in regards to the change in their freedom to move around, dress code and conduct? (00:52) (00:53) Man: “They are allowed to move around but they have to be wearing the correct dress that the organization has imposed and any violation leads to the arrest of our women by the Al Khansa Battalion.” (01:05) (01:06) Interviewer: In regards to men what has changed, in regards to the change in their freedom to move around, dress code and conduct? (01:09) (01:10) Man: “What has changed is that the organization has imposed that men must have long hair, and abstain from using gel.” (01:20) (01:19) Interviewer: Do you believe in an Islamic state? (01:21) (01:21) Man: “I do not believe in an Islamic state but yes I do I do believe in an Islamic state but not in the gangs, not in the ISIS gangs.” (01:31) (01:31) Interviewer: Do you think ISIS can succeed in creating and Islamic state? (01:34) (01:35) Man: “They cannot succeed in an Islamic state.” (01:39) (01:40) Interviewer: We hear that there are executions and punishments that take place in the streets. Is that correct? (01:43) (01:44) Man: “Yes they do field executions in front of our eyes and ISIS says that these people are apostates or Alawites. In reality these people are either our sons, Free Syrian Army soldiers, or journalists. (01:57) (01:58) Interviewer: are you afraid or do you feel safe? (02:02) (02:03) Man: “No I am afraid of the Islamic state.” (02:06) (02:07) Interviewer: Do you want the United States or any other country to help in fighting and removing ISIS? (02:11) (02:12) Man: “We want America to strike ISIS but we want the strikes to stay away from civilians.” (02:18)

Sound Bite 3:

(00:00) Interviewer: What has changed in Raqqa since ISIS took over the city? (00:04) (00:04) Woman: “Life has changed in general ever since ISIS took over the city. Mainly when it comes to the way we dress and the ban on tobacco.” (00:13) (00:14) Interviewer: Is there more security in the streets now? Are there less fights now with the patrols in the city? Are they censoring entertainment? (00:23). (00:24) Woman: “Yes, ISIS is patrolling all over the city to ensure the application of laws they imposed on us. We see lots of violations including the searching of men, while the Al-Khansa' brigade searches us. And when we ask them why they are searching us, they reply that it is their policy.” (00:47) (00:48) Interviewer: For women, what have changed in their lives? The freedom to wander around and the freedom to choose their own outfits? (00:52) (00:53) Woman: “As you can see, we can't leave the house without wearing the outfit that ISIS has imposed. Also, when we leave the house, we should have a Mahram with us, either our brother, father, son or husband. If we don't obey, we will be lashed.” (01:11) 01:12) Interviewer: What about the men? What has changed in their lives? The freedom to wandering around and the freedom to choose their outfits? (01:18).
(01:19) Woman: “They have more freedom than us, but it doesn't mean they are not in danger; they might be searched by ISIS for security reasons.” (01:28) 01:29) Interviewer: Do you believe in the Islamic State? (01:30).
(01:31) Woman: “I believe in an Islamic State, because in an Islamic State, we all live with pride. But I don't believe in IS (The Islamic State of ISIS) because they are far from being an Islamic State.” (01:40) (01:41) Interviewer: Do you think that ISIS can achieve an Islamic State? (01:45) (01:45) Woman: “In my opinion, ISIS is far from achieving an Islamic State, because we are sure that they are criminals not Muslims.” (01:52) (01:53) Interviewer: We hear that they are punishing and executing people in the streets, is this true? (01:57). (01:58) Woman: “There are too many similar cases.” (02:00) (02:01) Interviewer: Are you afraid? Or you feel safe here? (02:04). (02:04) Woman: “Of course I am afraid, because ISIS has already terrified us.” (02:14). (02:14) Interviewer: Do you want the US to help in eliminating ISIS? (02:17). (02:17) Woman: “We want the end of ISIS, but at the same time, we don't want to get hurt.” (end)

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Kobane: FSA Faction Joins Fight Again...
Kobane
By TTM Contributor 4
05 Oct 2014

October 5-6, 2014
Kobane, Syria

The frontlines in the city of Kobani/Ain al-Arab where several FSA battalions have a arrived from different fronts to fight along side the Kurdish fighters defending the city against IS. This footage was shot on the edges and inside the city of Kobane on the 5th and 6th of October, 2014.

Shot List
1- statement of formation of the joint operations room under the name of Tigris Volcano
2- shot if fighters from the Al kasas Army
3- shots of clashes between Al Kasas army and IS
4- shot of a fighter firing an RPG during the clashes
4- shots of clashes with light and medium weapons
5- shots of fighters from Al Kasas army heading to the clashes area
6- shots of snipers and sniper activity
7- shots of clashes with IS

interviews and transcripts:

00:03-00:27 "In the name of God, the merciful, the almighty, he said: 'be united under God and do not be dispersed. Remember God's graces, for you are only enemies if you are so in your heart, but with God's grace you will be brothers.' The formation of a joint operations room under the name of Tigris Volcano is meant to stand against the injustice of the Baghdadi Mobs (IS)."

01:40-01:52 (Abu Abdallah) Commander of the Al Kasas battalion: "This is the formation of a unified operations room is meant to merge and organize operations. Of course, as he said in the statement, we are going to liberate Menbej, Raqqa and it's outskirts in the direction of Deir Ez Zour, God willing."

01:52-02:40 (Abu Abdallah) Commander of the Al Kasas battalion: "Of course the city of Ain al-Arab is a Syrian city and it's people are Syrian. We are fighting on Syrian soil and protecting the Syrian people. We are like those fighting in Qalamoun and Deraa and Ghouta, Idlib and Aleppo. God forbid, if we are forced to do a certain thing [retreat], we will go to another place and deploy our forces in more than one place and we will fight them everywhere. We will fight them to the last breath.
We have not received any support from the the government, or the Coalition, or the FSA, or their joint staff, or anyone at all. Be it through men, or gear or ammunition, we have not received anything at all, as if we are not part of the FSA

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The Streets of IS Controlled Raqqa (B...
Raqqa, Syria
By TTM Contributor 20
03 Oct 2014

September 27, 2014
Raqqa, Syria

A series of visuals from the streets of IS controlled Raqqa. Footage include shots of citizens shopping, women in niqabs, IS fighters roaming the streets, and shop owners going about their business.

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.

Shot list:
Shots 1 to 4: Residents going about their daily lives.
Shots 5 to 11 and 16 17 19: Streets in the city of Raqqa.
Shot 13: The clock square.
Shot 20: Restaurant.
Shots 14 and 15: Al Rasheed park.

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Raqqa Residents Discuss Airstrikes an...
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
27 Sep 2014

September 27, 2014
Raqqa, Syria

Defiant Raqqa residents comparing the situation in the city from before and after coalition air strikes. A certain percentage of the poll stated that nothing has changed and that they are still going about business as usual. Some of those living close to IS headquarters have left their homes for fear of being targeted. An entire family was killed on the outskirts of Idlib during the first strikes. There is also a state of fear amongst children from jet sounds at night and the sounds and flashes of explosions. Other residents remain defiant against the Arab/International alliance.

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.

Shot list:
Shots 1 to 4: Residents going about their daily lives.
Shots 5 to 11 and 16 17 19: Streets in the city of Raqqa.
Shot 13: The clock square.
Shot 20: Restaurant.
Shots 14 and 15: Al Rasheed park.

Transcription:

Majid Al Hussain, School student:
"Nothing has changed after the American strikes. No matter what the Americans and Bashar do, life goes on. I am going to my study groups and meeting my friends and going out as if nothing has happened."

Ahmad Mahmoud, Falafel restaurant owner:
"Concerning the strikes by the countries of the coalition and America, we are going on with our normal lives. We only worry about our children who fear the sound of shelling. Bashar used to strike us and now it is the same situation."

Abu Mahmoud, Clothing store owner:
"My opinion concerning the American strikes, or as we say the strikes of the countries of the crusader Arab coalition, it did not affect us at all, and it will never affect us, the regime has been striking us for 3 years and now American and coalition countries are doing the same. Nothing has changed, I am a shop owner and I will keep opening my shop, life goes on and this is our destiny." [Quranic verse]

Nizar Hatem, University student:
"Before the strike we were living a normal life, and after the strike, we are living the same life. Bakeries are open and shops are open. The strike only increased our belief and strength to fight those infidels. We would like to say to Obama something that Haroun al-Rasheed said, "The true story is what you see not what you hear."

IS fighter:
"It only increases our belief in God, and that the Americans are infidels. They want to kill the people who are dying to raise the word of God, and what they did only increases our belief. We will liberate the countries, and we will invade their countries. The strike is only reinforcing our belief. This is a test from God, and a good thing that is happening. The more they attack the Islamic state, the stronger it gets."

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Fighter Jet Spotted Over Deir Ez Zour...
al-Mayadeen
By TTM Contributor 4
25 Sep 2014

September 26, 2014
Al-Mayadeen, Deir Ez Zour Province, Syria

Footage shows what local residents believe to be a US-led coalition fighter jet in the sky over the town of al-Mayadeen, near Deir Ez Zour in eastern Syria. Footage also shows smoke rising on the horizon from what local residents believe to be an airstrike
in the same area. Local residents have also reported seeing up to twelve reconnaissance flights overhead today.

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In exile: Iraqi women seek refuge
Bardarash, Dohuk, Rovia, Diyarbakir
By Arianna Pagani
24 Sep 2014

During the days of terror on Mount Sinjar, about 200 women were kidnapped by the militias of the Islamic State to be converted to Islam and sold in the occupied cities of Mosul and Tal Afar. This barbarism is not new to the chronicles of war.

The Islamic State's attack on Mount Sinjar led to the exodus of about 500,000 people, mostly from the Christian, Yazidi and Shabak minorities. These refugees, currently under the protection of the Kurdish militias, are living in the streets, under bridges or in abandoned places in Erbil and surrounding villages. Many of those who manage to escape the conflict have suffered losses in their family that effect them not only economically, but mentally and emotionally. Depression and anxiety in addition to insecurity are a constant challenge.

The UNHCR anticipated there to be over 900,000 internally displaced people in Iraq by the end of 2014. With the rise of ISIS, that number has been more than tripled, with 2.9 million displaced according to International Displacement Monitoring Center. The situation of internally displaced women, not only in Iraq but in conflict zones around the world, is especially precarious as the breakdown in social structures is a risk factor for gender-based violence. In their planning document for 2014, the UNHCR says it is ramping up its efforts to protect refugee and internally displaced women. However, agencies like the UNHCR as well as local associations can only care for and provide aid to so many displaced people, leaving others to fend for themselves.

The condition of the women and children displaced in Iraq is tragic: not only from a material point of view, but also from a psychological and ethical perspective. While talking with them, the elderly were crying because they don't see a future for their land, culture or traditions and were continuously asking, "What did we do wrong to deserve to be killed?" The women were mostly passive, trapped between emotions, tears, the inability to react, “deafened by pain and suffering.” They seemed to understand that as time passes by, the hope of returning to a normal and fair life fades away.

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IS Abandons Deir Ez Zour Headquarters...
Deir Ez Zour
By Abo-abd-alrahman
24 Sep 2014

September 24, 2014
Deir Ez Zour, Syria

Photos show the abandoned headquarters of ISIS on al-Intilak st. in central Deir Ez Zour. The militants left the building, which was originally used by a consumer organization known as al-Qabban, for fear of them being targeted by international air strikes. However, ISIS still has control over the city and their religious police drive around the area enforcing sharia law by monitoring dress codes, making sure shops are closed at prayer times, and enforcing a smoking ban, among other things. The video also shows a former research center also used by IS and now abandoned.

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Kobane Refugees in Risky Game of Back...
Suruc, Kobane
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Sep 2014

September 24-26, 2014
Suruc, Turkey; Kobane, Syria

Syrian-Kurdish refugees from the border town of Kobane are continue to shuffle to and from Turkey, returning to Kobane in moments of calm, and fleeing again as the Islamic State (IS) group pushes closer to the center of town. Turkish authorities have at times sealed the border, leading to clashes between refugees and Turkish police.

According to Turkish authorities, the number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group's advance across northeastern Syria has hit 140,000.The head of Turkey's AFAD disaster management agency, Fuat Oktay, said the figure is the result of Syrians escaping the area near the Syrian border town of Kobane, where fighting has raged between IS and Kurdish fighters since September 18.

Clashes broke out between refugees and Turkish forces on September 26, as refugees destroyed the border fence from inside Turkey to help their fellow Syrians escape. Turkish security forces replied with tear gas, paint pellets, and water cannons.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State group has taken control of 64 villages in northeastern Syria. It says that the fate of 800 Kurds from these villages is unknown, adding that the Islamic State group executed 11 civilians, including two boys.

Western forces bombed IS troops outside Kobane, but without proper weapons, the Kurds might not be able to hold the city much longer.

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IS Abandons Deir Ez Zour Headquarters
Deir Ez Zour
By Abo-abd-alrahman
24 Sep 2014

September 24, 2014
Deir Ez Zour, Syria

Video shows the abandoned headquarters of ISIS on al-Intilak st. in central Deir Ez Zour. The militants left the building, which was originally used by a consumer organization known as al-Qabban, for fear of them being targeted by Western air strikes. However, ISIS still has control over the city and their religious police drive around the area enforcing sharia law by monitoring dress codes, making sure shops are closed at prayer times, and enforcing a smoking ban, among other things. The video also shows a former research center also used by IS and now abandoned.

Shot List:

various shots show the consumer institution from the outside

various shots show the logo of the Islamic State on one of the walls of the organization's building

Footage of ISIS car (al-Hisba) making rounds in al-Takaya street, telling people how to commit to the Shari'a.

various shots show the research center from the outside

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Drone Crashes in Raqqa (Photos)
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
23 Sep 2014

September 23, 2014
Raqqa, Syria

Islamic State fighters collect the debris of an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) that collided with a telecommunications tower in Clock Square in Raqqa. Photos show fighters putting the debris into the back of a van.

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Interviews with Captured IS Fighters
al-Jazeera
By TTM Contributor 25
23 Sep 2014

26 September 2014
A city in al-Jazeera district, North-East of Syria (exact location withheld)

Two IS prisoners, one of them injured, held captive by the Syrian-Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) recount their experience fighting with the Islamic State group. Among other things, they provide an inside account of how training and bombing operations are carried out.

Shotlist:

Various shots of Mohamad, IS fighter
Various shots of Abd al-Kareem Mefleh (IS fighter) and the injuries on his body.

Soundbites:

Mohamad, IS fighter from the villages of al-Jazeera (Arabic):
(01:12) I've been working with them [IS] for 4 months. I was communicating with them through someone. They used to ask us to plant explosives in certain places. We made two explosions in the village of Hamkar and two explosions on the road to al-Jazaa in order to block the road and the confine the battles to the area of al-Jazaa. They [IS] paid us 100,000 SYP [625 USD] for each explosion.

We used to go to Tel Khamees, to al-Ghol, and they took us to Raqqa once. They taught us how to plant explosives and when to blow them up so we can cause as many injuries and as much damage as possible. Afghan experts used to sit me down, bring a bomb, and teach me how to connect it to the right machines. [They taught me] How to plant it [bomb] and burry it. [They taught me] how far away I should go [from the bomb] before I set it off and how long it takes to explode after I click the button. I was trained in al-Shaddade. They used to bring all of their fighters and people who work with them to al-Shaddade and train them there. Once you have completed the learning process, you are allowed to deal with bombs and you will have to set up an explosion in any area they request. The communication was via cell phones. They call you and tell you to come to a specific village in the night and to go meet a specific person that will help you cross over. He [the person] provided me with a motorcycle, and told me to meet him in a specific place so he can give me bomb. He gave me the bomb and an amount of money and told me, “if you kill people from the PKK”-that is the area they were targeting back then-“if you kill people from the PKK, then you will get more money. If you do not kill people from the PKK then you will get nothing.”

They used to allow whoever wants to watch [executions] to gather in the square. It would be known that for example, tomorrow there will be an execution. They used to gather people to watch people get decapitated, so people would fear them". (04:03)

Abd al-Kareem Mefleh, IS fighter from the villages of al-Jazeera (Arabic):
(04:04) I was a fighter in over 4 brigades: al-Waha, al-Jazeera, al-Tawheed and al-Jihad movement of Ahrar al-Sham, and ISIS. I participated in so many of their battles and was injured here in my arm once and in my stomach. I was badly injured in one of the PPK battles and they [the PKK] took me to their hospitals and treated me and operated on me. I stayed in the hospital of the PPK for a long time getting treatments, they were kind to me and I want to thank them for their treatment.

They convinced us to fight with them to protect the area, and they convinced us that the PPK is going to take over the area and destroy all the Arabs. They convinced everyone of that idea. What we saw in reality was completely different, they treated us really well, even the PPK checkpoints here in the area, they treat us in a very good way.

After I was with al-Nusra, I switched to Ahrar al-Sham. They took me to a training camp. The camp was in Ras al-Ain. They told us we need to train in order to fight with them [PKK]. Saudi Arabia and Turkey were supporting us [Ahrar al Sham] the most, they used to send food baskets for us, our salaries and all our needs.

ISIS comes to an area, and those who do not follow their rules, will be either deported or mostly killed. According to the area, if the inhabitants of the area obey them, they will treat them well. If they do not obey them, they will deport them. The houses of the deported people are either burnt down or taken as a residence for IS members.
I saw on al-Arabiya that al-Nusra brigade punished an Alawite, accusing him of firing a canon against them from Kawkab to Tel Khamis. They punished him by cutting off his head.

They [IS] used to get people from Libya, Algeria, Morocco, and deport the men, and only let the women stay, and then marry them to the fighters. (08:04)

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Raqqa Citizens Discuss Airstrikes
Raqqa
By mchreyteh
23 Sep 2014

September 23, 2014
Raqqa, Syria

Secretly shot footage shows citizens in Raqqa discussing US-led airstrikes. Included are shots of the central post office on Al-Quwatly Street after a drone crashed into one of the telecommunication towers. Tal Al-abyad Street, one of the busiest streets in Raqqa, is shown empty after the attack.

Shot list:
(00:00-00:42) The post office building (00:42-00:58) Tel al-Abyad street in the center of Raqqa (00:58-01:08) The municipality building in the center of Raqqa, ISIS headquarters (01:08-02:42) Interviews with civilians (02:42-02:56) A shot of ISIS fighters near the headquarters in the center of Raqqa.

Transcription:

Interview:
“We, the people of Raqqa, are against the American air strikes against ISIS that took place yesterday. We are against it because ISIS are spread amongst the civilians, and so, by targeting ISIS, civilians will definitely be harmed. Over 50 civilians were killed yesterday, so we do not welcome these strikes. If you want to talk about statistics, you will find that over 75% of the people in Raqqa are against the strikes.”

Interview:
“Concerning the strikes launched against ISIS in Raqqa, the people are torn between accepting them and rejecting them. They reject them because it will definitely harm civilians, but on the other hand they want them because ISIS have been harming civilians and imprisoning large numbers of them ever since they took over the city."

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IS Held Deir Ez Zour Discusses Impend...
Deir Ez Zour
By Abo-abd-alrahman
23 Sep 2014

September 19-21, 2014
Deir Ez Zour, Syria

Citizens in IS held Deir Ez Zour discuss the impending US strikes. Included are vox pops with a local woman and an IS fighter.

Sound Bite 1: Jamal, Nurse

Interviewer:

"What is your opinion concerning the international air strikes and the countries contributing in the strikes?"

Jamal: "It will have a negative effect on the Arabs and the Islamic state, we are an Islamic state built on the basis of Quran and Sunna, so if the strikes were from the west, they will rise problems for the Islamic state."

Interviewer: How is your spirit and your preparations?

Jamal: "Our spirit is positive and we are insisting to deliver our message and we do not doubt the abilities of the fighters."

Interviewer: "Is there a fear that the Islamic State will lose some of the areas it controls after the strike?"

Jamal: "We do not fear this movement, it is a zionist movement against the Islamic State. We do not approve of this issue because we are Muslims."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power after 40 countries have announced that they will contribute in the air strikes?"

Jamal: "The power we have is the support of God, no power exceeds the power of God. We insist on this method, the method of Islam."

Sound Bite 2: Khaled, Fighter:

"There will be battles, and those air strikes will not change anything. My opinion is that those air strikes will not affect us at all."

Sound Bite 3: Abu Abdullah:

"America remains the enemy of Islam and Muslims, and those who support America is the enemy of Islam and Muslims. All Muslims are against those strikes and we will stand against them."

Sound Bite 4: Abu Mohammad:

Interviewer: "How is your spirit and preparations?"

Abu Mohammad: "Well our spirit is very positive because we have the support of God and he will help the Muslims win. He will help our brothers in the Islamic State."

Interviewer: "Do you fear that the Islamic state will stop expanding after the strikes?"

Abu Mohammad: "I do not think so, they have a very positive spirit. When we sit with some of the brothers we notice their positive spirit and their commitment to expand."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of powers since over 40 countries agreed to contribute in the strike?"

Abu Mohammad: "They have the power when it comes to planes, but on the ground they cannot beat our fighters. God will help them."

Sound Bite 5: Mohammad, owner of electronics shop:

Interviewer: "What is your opinion about the international strikes against the Islamic state, and the countries that are contributing [to the strikes]?"

Mohammad: "My Muslim brother, concerning the upcoming American strikes and the Jewish liberal western alliance that is happening against the Islamic state, we do care about the name, we talk about this concerning the Shari'a. The Shari'a of god will be applied literally, we are not applying it literally now, but hopefully we will reach a point where we will. As for the people participating with the infidels in fighting the Islamic State, those Arab presidents, those dictators fight any person who tries to apply the Shari'a of God. Any person who helps the infidels fight the Muslims is the biggest infidel. Those are the word of Sheikh Salman Bin Fahed al-Alwan, may God release him from the prisons of the Saudi family."

Interviewer: "How is the preparation for the strikes?"

Mohammad: "We have God on our side. They have the infidels and we have God."

Interviewer: "Do you fear that the Islamic state might lose some of the areas it controls after the strikes?"

Mohammad: "God is supporting us to stay on this land. We know that Islam is fought by everyone and anyone who tries to apply the Shari's is fought, but God will help us win."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power since over 40 countries agreed to contribute to the strike?"

Mohammad: "This is very similar to the previous question, I already told you, we have God supporting us. If all the countries in the world cooperate against the Islamic State, and God wants us to win, we will win. God will help us win, and stay, and apply the Shari'a. Those who have the support of God fear nobody."

Sound Bite 6: Abu Yaakoub:

Interviewer: "What is your opinion concerning the international air strikes and the countries contributing to the strikes?"

"We all know that those air strikes are against Sunni Muslims. They tried to cover it by saying that they are striking against the extremist groups, but it is only against the Sunni groups. And now America is afraid of the Muslims because they are getting stronger and that is why it is trying to destroy us."

Interviewer: "How are you, as doctors and civilians, preparing for the strike?"

Abu Yaakoub: "We have been preparing for over three years against any strike despite of our humble abilities. We are prepared against a strike, we knew people are going to interfere to protect Bashar and his followers and to protect the Shia. We were able to stand against all the attacks we have been facing for the past three years. We have had barrel bombs dropped on us, we have been attacked so many times and we survived. Bashar was not fighting us alone, he had many by his side, we were fighting half of the world and now the whole world is fighting us and we are ready."

Interviewer: "Do you fear that the Islamic state might lose some of the areas it controls after the strikes?"

Abu Yaakoub: "We know that God will be on the side of the righteous people, and if the Islamic state is right, then nothing they will do can harm us. We know for sure that victory is meant for the Sunnis and we are meant to go back to the Islamic caliphate, just like the Era of prophet Mohammad. If anything, we expect the strike to bring us close together and the concept of the Islamic state will expand to all of the Levant and hopefully Mesopotamia."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power now that over 40 countries agreed to contribute to the strike?"

Abu Yaakoub: "We are convinced that if the whole world came together to destroy the people of the prophet Mohammad, they will not be able to. They will never be able to destroy the people of Mohammad, we are staying until judgment day."

Sound Bite 7: Um Sabri:

Interviewer: "How is the spirit and the preparations?"

Um Sabri: "Thank God we are preparing very well because, for the past three years, we have been receiving strikes from Bashar al-Assad."

Interviewer: "What is your opinion about the American strikes and the countries that are contributing to the air strikes considering a lot of them are Arab countries?Um Sabri: I believe the air strikes are not against what they call ISIS which is the Islamic state, it is against the Syrians who proved to the world their strength with their amazing revolution, and to defend Bashar al-Assad."

Interviewer: "How are the civilians preparing?"

Um Sabri: "This question is very late, they should have asked how we prepare for the strikes of Bashar al-Assad. The American strikes, along with the 40 countries, are not going to be tougher than the strikes of Bashar al-Assad. So, thank God, the days have proven that we are ready for any strike from the infidels."

Interviewer: "Is there a fear that the American strikes might slow down the expansion of the Islamic state?"

Um Sabri: "That is up to the strength of belief in this organization. If they are right, God will help them, and if they were wrong, God will take care of them."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power when there are over 40 countries contributing in the strike?"

Um Sabri: "There is no balance in power between the Islamic State and those big countries who have the contribution of 40 countries, some of which are Arabs. Definitely there is no balance in powers, but victory comes from God."

Sound Bite 8: Man in the Street:

Interviewer: "What is your opinion about the international strikes against the Islamic state, and the countries that are contributing?"

Man: "Those are infidels, Americans are infidels and those who support them are infidels. The Islamic State will remain with the help of God."

Interviewer: How are the Spirit and the preparations?

Man: "We are ready for anything."

Interviewer: "Do you fear that the Islamic State might lose some of the areas it controls after the strikes?"

Man: "The Islamic state will remain with the help of God, we want religion, and with the help of God we will stay and expand."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power since over 40 countries agreed to contribute to the strike?"

Man: "They are infidels, the Islamic state will remain. Infidels have banded together to fight the Muslims throughout history, but we will remain with the help of God."

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Drone Crashes in Raqqa (Video)
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
22 Sep 2014

September 23, 2014
Raqqa, Syria

IS fighters and civilians collect the debris from a drone that crashed into a telecommunications tower in Clock Square, in central Raqqa. The origin of the drone is yet to be identified.

Abu Ahmad, civilian:

"We were able to take down an American jet the first time one flew over Raqqa."

Abu Abdullah, Police man:

"Thank God an American jet was shot down. When they hit the telecommunication tower, they lost control. This is a joy for the Muslims and proof that God is by our side and our state will remain."

Abu Lhatoun, IS fighter:

"They keep saying they have jets and they have weapons, but we have fighters who love death as much as they love life. The sky is owned by God and so is the land, and he will give it to who God wants. The drone hit the telecommunication tower and crashed."

Mohammad Ahmed, Civillian:

"We woke up to the sound of explosions in the early morning, and the shelling continued between 3-4 am. I then came here to find that drone had crashed after it hit the telecommunication tower."

Ibrahim Mahmoud:

"At 5am, a drone hit the telecommunication tower in Raqqa city. So we came and found the pieces in the streets, why are they doing this, we are Muslims."

Hatem Khalaf, University student:

"At 4am we woke up to the sound of explosion after a drone hit the telecommunication tower in Raqqa. The pieces of the plane were spread across the city."

Fadel Zida, Civilian:

"A drone crashed after it hit a telecommunications tower in Raqqa at 4 am. We tell America, we are not afraid."

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Renewed FSA Offensive Against IS near...
Aleppo Province
By TTM Contributor 4
22 Sep 2014

September 19-20, 2014
FSA front lines, in Northern Aleppo Province

In the lead up to possible American strikes in Syria, the Free Syrian Army has launched a renewed offensive against ISIS in northern Aleppo province. The FSA frontier extends for 70 KM from the town of Shaeer, in the south, to the Syrian-Turkish border in the north. Managed by Nahrawan al-Sham operation room, the FSA is using many light to heavy weaponry distributed along the frontier. ISIS is taking advantage of the gathering of FSA fighters to attack them with car bombs. This has forced the FSA to increase road blocks and searching points. The two sides continue to attack each other, as they have been for the past two months.

Sound Bites:
Sound Bite 1: (Man, Arabic)
Abu al-Abbas, Heavy weaponry brigade leader in the Nahrawan al-Sham operation room:
“We are now attacking ISIS locations from a 2400m distance with a locally made 90mm mortar. Thank God, we have a strong spirit and we are very motivated in the operation room”.

Sound Bite 2: (Man, Arabic)
Abu Maher, Field leader in Nahrawan operation room:
“We are now stationed in one of the attacking frontiers against ISIS. We are a part of the fighting groups located on the frontier, we are on the first line with ISIS. We are all one and we are all cooperating and working under the orders of the operation room. Throughout the night, many conflicts happen and, in the upcoming few days, there will be movement”.

Sound Bite 3: (Man, Arabic)
Abu al-Laith, a sector leader in the operation room:
“We are stationed and prepared to fight ISIS, we are working under one operation room and any move ISIS makes we will be ready to attack with mortars and heavy weaponry. The distance between us and them is 700 meters”.

Shot List:
Various shots of the fighters preparing the mortar to attack ISIS locations.
A shot of a locally made 90mm mortar firing towards ISIS locations.
Various shots of the fighters on the frontier where they fight ISIS.
Various shots of the FSA fighters aiming at ISIS with heavy weaponry.

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"We Have Not Forgotten Israel"-Interv...
Beirut
By Levant Desk
17 Sep 2014

September 17, 2014
Southern Suburbs, Beirut, Lebanon

A wounded Hezbollah fighter, fresh from battle against IS in Syria, gives an exclusive interview discussing the state of Hezbollah in Syria, the battle against IS and Nusra, his opinion about the American strikes against IS, and Hezbollah's readiness for a new war with Israel.

The fighter who was recently wounded in battle against IS and Nusra in the Qalamoun mountains describes human wave attacks by IS and Nusra and the military logistics of Hezbollah's fight in Syria.

The fighter's voice has been altered to protect his identity.

Transcript:

00:16-00:20
Q: Can you give us your code name?
A: My name is Hussein.

00:21- 00:36
Q: We know that you were recently on a frontline, and you were injured, and you just returned [home]. If it is not confidential, can you tell us which frontline you were on?
A: In Qalamoun.

00:37-01:00
Q: People hear that there are battles in Qalamoun, but of course as a person on the frontline, you know more. Tell us who you are fighting in Qalamoun. Who is the enemy in Qalamoun?
A: Jabhat Al Nusra, ISIS, of course half of them are foreigners: Saudis, Kuwaitis, Afghanis, Lebanese. It is a mix.

01:01-01:10
Q: Do you have an idea about how many [ISIS/Nusra] fighters there are?
A: There are around 12,000 to 7,000, and they are constantly increasing in number.

01:11-01:19
Q: So there is still an influx [of Nusra/ISIS fighters] from Syria?
A: Yes, the majority are coming from Arsal, even though this [route] is now supposed to have been controlled [by the Lebanese Armed Forces], the influx from Arsal.

01:20-01:50
Q: From your close quarters engagement and fighting with them, how trained are they?
A: They have high capabilities, but their way of attacking, they come in huge numbers. For example, and this is causing us some losses, if we have a position that can withstand the attack of a 100 fighters, you would find 600 fighters attacking us, and this is causing losses for us.

01:51–02:20
Q: And their arms?
A: Like our weapons. Cornets, 23mm guns, 14.5 mm guns, 57mm guns, grad rockets, of course they are using grad rockets. [They use] traditional battle weapons. They have canons, mortars, and rockets. They mostly rely on snipers. When they initiate an attack, they would have around 100 snipers spotting and providing covering fire. So the battles are very hard.

02:21-02:36
Q: Is The Resistance [Hezbollah] getting any military support from the Syrian Army?
A: Some air support, but while fighting [on the ground], there is not supposed to be any Syrian army members.

02:37-03:12
Q: When your group is fighting, are the orders coming from The Resistance or the Syrian army?
A: For The Resistance, the orders 100% from The Resistance. The leadership is from The Resistance. The orders come from the The Resistance’s group commanders. There is a field commander, there is a military commander on the ground, and there is a commander higher than him in the operations room. The Resistance only. Sometimes if we need anything from the Syrian army, we give them the coordinates and they hit the location [from the air].

03:13-03:59
Q: How intertwined are the front lines [between ISIS/Nusra and Hezbollah]?
A: Very intertwined. There can be areas where there is 500m distance between us, sometimes 300m, or 200m. You may get surprised by them in some areas. At times they may not be prepared for us and we launch a surprise attack on them. We do infiltration operations and use explosive charges. And spotting is constant, naturally; we know who we want.

04:00-04:48
Q: What do you remember from the day you were injured?
A: They launched a massive attack on us. Some men with us were martyred, and some were wounded. Then we our backup arrived. When the injury happened, I was still able to fight until the medics came and we fixed the situation. I stayed on the ground for a while until more [Hezbollah] groups came and helped us. Then the medics evacuated us. That is all I remember from the battle, but it was a massive attack. You have to consider they were around 2000 members. This is how they attack, they come in waves and they don’t let you rest. Attack after attack, attack after attack, attack after attack. And they don’t care how many of their men die; those [Nusra/ISIS] fighters who flee the battle get killed [by their commanders] when they return [to their base].

05:00- 05:25
Q: What did you feel when you were wounded? What was the first thought to go through your head? Did you know how serious your injury was? What did you feel?
A: I felt some pain. When I first was wounded, I did not feel anything, but the hit was hot. Then it became harsh. After 15 minutes, I was not able to move properly, so I became still and I said the Shahada [a mantra used to declare one’s faith in Islam]. This [martyrdom/death] is the reason we are coming here.

05:26-05:36
Q: Where were you injured?
A: In my back
Q: Was it mortar shrapnel or a bullet?
A: No, it was an M16 bullet. A sniper.

05:37-05:54
Q: How do you perceive the “Takfiri” [Extremist] enemy in front of you?
A: I perceive him as the enemy of all humanity, and fighting him is a duty.

05:55-06:14
Q: Do you feel that there is a possibility of negotiating with these “Takfiri” groups, or with Free Syrian Army groups, if there are any left?
A: With the Free Syrian Army, maybe at some point. However, with Jabhat Al Nusra, and ISIS in particular, there is no possibility. No possibility at all.

06:15-06:24
Q: Is this a battle until the end?
A: It is a battle until the end and we are with fighting them in Lebanon before they spread.

06:25-06:48
Q: How long are you staying here to rest?
A: For now, I will stay here for no less than 2 months to recover. I cannot go back [to the frontline] before 2 months.

06:49-06:51
Q: Are you excited about going back to the frontline?
A: Naturally.

06:55-07:27
Q: Can you give me an estimated number of The Resistance fighters?
A: The thing with The Resistance is that I cannot give you a number. Each unit knows what it has. For example, I do not know what there is in another unit. In Hezbollah, each team is on its own, each unit on its own. One unit does not know what the other unit has. But I can tell you that we have our weight up [in Syria] and that we have not forgotten Israel.

07:30-08:07
Q: In your opinion, is Hezbollah ready for a two front war?
A: The amount of men fighting [on the Israeli front] has not doubled, but tripled the amount who were fighting in the July War [2006 War with Israel]. They [the fighters on the Israeli front] do not know what is going on in Syria, their job is there [on the Israeli front].

Q: So they [the fighters] are separated?
A: They are separated.
Q: How ready is The Resistance?
A: Since 2006 until now, The Resistance has always been ready and is ready for any war at any time, and on all fronts.

08:08-08:44
Q: Did any of your comrades get martyred while you were near them?
A: Of course
Q: Can you tell us about an incident?
A: A man [Hezbollah fighter] was martyred, and he was telling me, “send my regards to my mother, this is how I was martyred”. I told him not to be afraid and I comforted him, but the bombardment was very heavy. I moved him to another place and we waited with him until the aid came, but he was already martyred. And of course I sent his regards to his mother and I gave her his scarf with his blood.

08:45-9:29
Q: When one of the men with you gets martyred, do you feel that this encourages the rest to fight or does it cause some sort of frustration?
A: Our resolve is always strong for a simple reason. No one hit me on my hand to become a fighter. I feel am threatened here in Lebanon. We are seeing what is happening in Iraq, we saw what happened in Syria. These people have no mercy for anyone. No one is forcing us to go fight. On the contrary, there are many who are told to stay here because there is no need for them to go fight. I can assure you that if the Sayyed [Hassan Nasrallah] calls for a war, we will have 300,000 fighters in a matter of hours.

09:30-10:10
Q: Is there any place where you wish things were better? Logistically or artillery wise, or maybe more orders?
A: We are doing what we are capable of doing. On the contrary, we have the best food, the best weapons, the best training and the best morale. We know who we are fighting. We know that we have no blood on our hands, we are exonerated in this world from that. We have no problems from that aspect and we are very comfortable. The more blood we lose, the stronger we get.

10:11-10:46
Q: We heard recently that an international alliance was born to attack ISIS targets. In your opinion, can we consider Hezbollah and the United States as having an intersection of interests?
A: There is no intersection at all. ISIS is a creation of America. Israel made ISIS to get to where we are now and they were not able to succeed. I think this is another link in the July War [2006 War with Israel] chain, and God willing, we will break it.

10:47-
Q: If there is a message you would like to tell the people listening to you, what message would you like to send?
A: We are victorious, as God is one, and I would like to reassure [our solidarity with] all of humanity and all of its sects. For ISIS, all sects are its enemies, even the Sunni. Anyone who saw what is going on in Iraq, in Mosul, how they are walking the streets, shooting people right and left, without knowing their identity or nationality or to which sect they belong. All they do is kill and destroy, and it is a duty to fight them. We will win and God will make us victorious because we are right.

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"We Don't Cut Throats...We Fight" - I...
Beirut
By Levant Desk
17 Sep 2014

September 17, 2014
Southern Suburbs, Beirut, Lebanon
Interview with Hezbollah Group Commander

A Hezbollah commander, fresh from battle against IS in Syria, gives an exclusive interview discussing the state of Hezbollah in Syria, the battle against IS and Nusra, his opinion about American strikes against IS, and Hezbollah's readiness for a new war with Israel.

The commander discusses details about battlefield issues and difficulties. He also declares that he "hopes for a war to start between the Zionist enemy and Hezbollah soon", and that he has "no problem with the American people," but does have "a problem with American policies."

The commander's voice has been altered to protect his identity.

Q: Can you please introduce yourself? Name or codename
A: In the name of God, the merciful. My name is Jaafar, I am a member of Hezbollah.

Q: Please tell us about the amount of people signing up to fight with Hezbollah?
A: Thank God, volunteers are coming in on a regular basis. It [enrollment] has increased after the war in Syria and the 2006 war. [It increased] Especially after the Syrian war because it is known and in the open now. They [Syrian opposition] want The Resistance’ head, Hezbollah’s head. You are probably seeing the events and measures being taken by media outlets [to fight Hezbollah], or even the nature of movements on the ground are affecting [fighting] Hezbollah. Hezbollah gains strength from the blood of the martyrs. This is a grace from God and we are thankful for that.

Q: In the recent battles, in Arsal and Qalamoun, it is obvious that Hezbollah is taking casualties. How big are these casualties in comparison to those suffered by the ‘Takfiri’ [extremist] groups?
A: Specify what you mean by casualties. Human casualties? There are no human casualties. There are martyrs and wounded people, not casualties. If you are talking about materials losses we might agree with you, but if you are talking about people, we have martyrs and wounded men, not casualties. These people are fueling this cause and this march, our martyrs in who we take pride. Material losses are the casualties that we can agree with you on.

Q: How can we compare martyrs and wounded of Hezbollah to the casualties among the ‘Takfiri’ [extremist] groups?
A: We in Hezbollah do not hide any martyrs and this is not in our traditions. When a Hezbollah fighter is killed, he is buried on the second, third, fourth or first day, depending on the battlefield and the moving of the body, and when his parents wish to bury him in his hometown. Nothing more.

You need to see the other side, they are not organized. Everyone works according to their own thoughts or according to those financing them. As for Jabhat Al Nusra, who are the terrorist group with the biggest presence on the border between us and Syria, I don’t believe that they talk about their casualties.

As for our intelligence and security services, we always give them accurate accounts in names and numbers, if you have noticed, while they [Jabhat al-Nusra], on the other hand, do not announce [their casualties] until a while after they have been killed. This is the difference between them and us.

Q: What is the level of Hezbollah’s readiness at this point in time regarding the danger of a war on both the eastern front [Syria] and southern front [Israel] simultaneously?
A: The Resistance [Hezbollah] against Israel, who are stationed on the southern borders of Lebanon, are entirely concentrated on the Israeli occupier in body, mind, and soul. The
operations of the young men fighting on the eastern Lebanese-Syrian borders is entirely unrelated to the battles with the Israeli enemy, and anyone who thinks otherwise is delusional.

Q: So if we need to know a percentage of readiness?
A: With Israel? More than 100%, and this is the case all of the time. You can even label it as ‘holy’. Regarding the situation in the whole of Lebanon, Hezbollah is completely ready in all areas that Hezbollah has influence. We have nothing to do with areas where Hezbollah hold no influence.

Q: Now that you’ve mentioned this, we have heard news that Hezbollah is helping, either through training or arming, some parties in the Christian border towns. How accurate is that?
A: To be honest with you, I do not have information from Hezbollah about this subject in particular, but I have information from someone close to those (Christian) villages, like Deir El Ahmar and Ras Baalbak. Something like that is going on, so I have not heard this from Hezbollah, but I have heard it from someone close and he has confirmed this to me. This is all I can say

Q: Can you please clarify? What did he confirm? What did he say?
A: He confirmed that Hezbollah is protecting Christians with all possible means. For those who want to defend themselves with their own hands and weapons, Hezbollah is providing them with the means to be ready, which includes arming individuals.

Q: How many Christians are actually signing up for this?
A: I have heard that 90% of [Christian] villages… and the Lebanese Forces [political party] and the Phalange Party are not happy with that because no one is providing them with any support.

Q: In the Qalamoun and Arsal fronts, to be specific, who is Hezbollah fighting against?
A: 83 countries, all of them. Those who were fighting us in Qusair are now fighting us in the outskirts of Arsal, that is the mountainous area outside Arsal. Not inside Arsal, we are present in the mountains defending our land, country and Resistance. We will be where we should be. There are many nationalities: Uzbeks, Chechens, Egyptians, Palestinians, all of the gulf and Arab countries. We have 83 countries operating against us: the Europeans, Americans, British, you name it. God willing we will be victorious.

Q: Since you have mentioned the Americans, we are hearing that American and other airstrikes against ISIS are already underway. Can we say that there is a temporary intersection of interests between Hezbollah and the United States?
A: If I were to answer you about the Americans and their ISIS allies, we would be wasting time. You are a politician and a journalist and you understand these things, so us talking about this would be like us making fools out of each other. They (ISIS and the US) are allies and one team, period.

Q: If we were to give a description of the nature of the struggle now, the Americans are now bombing some ISIS positions and Hezbollah is fighting against ISIS and other groups.
A: When we fought ISIS, Nusra and terrorism everybody stood against us. Now everyone is saying what we were saying, but there is a difference in dealing with it. Hezbollah started two and a half years ago. They should come to us and strike an alliance with us. Isn’t that right? We are way ahead of all of them.

Q: In your opinion are these airstrikes and this alliance a pretext or a prelude to bomb some (Syrian) regime positions in Syria?
A: You need to see what is being prepared internationally. It will not be long. All will be clear in a matter of days. I do not have accurate information about this subject and I am not a political analyst. I can tell you about the nature of the terrain and soldiers. The geography of the battlefield, or what took place in this position or that. However, to talk about something international that I am not familiar with would be beyond me.

Q: Can you please tell us, without revealing any secrets, where is Hezbollah present on the ground in Syria?
A: I can answer about the areas that I was present in. The Sayyida Zeinab shrine [in Damascus], Ghouta [Damascus], Jobar [Damascus], the Damascus suburbs, and the mountains separating Lebanon and Syria. There is a Hezbollah presence in all of these areas. Qusair and the outskirts of Qusair. Aleppo. I have some friends who operate in Aleppo, in an area called Zahra, which has been under siege for three years. I have not heard of, seen, or been to other places.

Q: What is the nature of the frontlines in these places? Can we briefly talk about every front and how intertwined the lines are [with Nusra/ISIS/FSA]? How close is the engagement with the enemy?
A: This depends on the geography and terrain. In some places it’s house-to-house, window-to-window, man-to-man, and on some fronts, no one advances, neither them nor us. In the wider, more open areas, the snipers use 23mm and 57mm guns, not the Dushka or the12.7mm guns [because of the large distances]. Imagine that. The distances are vast. Every terrain has it’s own circumstances, geography and weaponry. There are some mountainous areas with rough terrain that have their own style because you can’t hide from each other at close range. You need to secure a hilltop and fortify it [and advance from] from one hilltop to another or one mountain to another. This is not house-to-house, so the nature of terrain makes a big difference.

Q: Was there a certain front that proved to be more difficult than others?
A: in terms of terrain or combat?
Q: Both
A: The mountains. There are vast distances beyond what the eye can see. This doesn’t offer the same help you get in towns like Qusair. This requires more troops and heavier weapons, aerial bombardment, artillery and tank fire. It has it’s own style and takes more time.

Q: Since you have mentioned aerial bombardment, what is the extent of coordination between Hezbollah and the Syrian army when it comes to military operations?
A: This is up to the leadership of Hezbollah. We have 100% accuracy when it comes to targeting. The targets that we request the Syrian air force to bomb are hit with 100% accuracy. Not 75% or 50% like it used to be before. This has changed after the battle of Qusair. This is what I can help you with. There were mistakes before, I won’t deny it, it happened with a number of groups. However, this stopped after Qusair.

Q: On the ground, in the areas where Hezbollah is present alongside the Syrian army, who has command on these fronts?
A: We do not participate in any attacks alongside the Syrian regime. The Syrian Army handles one front and we handle another. We deal with ours and they deal with theirs. Sometimes, this hasn’t happened to me, the Hezbollah and Syrian Arab Army forces are engaged and intertwined. However, in the fights that I was involved with in Hezbollah, we were in one place and the Syrian Arab Army was in another. Yes there exists coordination, but the lines are not intertwined.

Q: So in this case who is in command?
A: When you [Hezbollah] are on a certain front and they [the Syrian Army] are on another front, the field commander [of each side] has command, but the coordination is present so that we wouldn’t shell each other with artillery.

Q: We heard on Israeli Media that threats were being made against Lebanon and that there were preparations for war. In your opinion, how serious is this? And how will The Resistance [Hezbollah] retaliate? And what is their level of readiness?
A: We in The Resistance do not take the words of the Zionist enemy lightly. We have political and military minds and analysts who observe and analyze, in depth, on the short and long run when it comes to the Zionist enemy. This is due to wise leadership headed by the secretary general Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Q: So you take the threats seriously?
A: We do not neglect anything regarding the Zionists, even if it were a small or big thing. All gets dealt with seriously and meticulously.

Q: Could there be an imminent war on the southern front? [Israeli front]
A: This is what we hope for.

Q: Can you please give me a complete answer because my question will not be aired?
A: This is what Hezbollah hopes for, for a war to start between the Zionist enemy and Hezbollah soon, God willing. This is what we hope for. This is what every member of Hezbollah hopes for.

Q: Can we say that The Resistance is fully ready?
A: Of course, you can say that with the utmost confidence.

Q: Tell us about a certain incident that will allow me to illustrate the influx of volunteers joining Hezbollah’s ranks. Do you recall a certain incident?
A: In what respect? Be more specific.
Q: In terms of influx and people wanting to join.
A: This is an ongoing process in Hezbollah. This [Hezbollah] is a school [of resistance] ever since they [Israelis] occupied our land in south Lebanon and Hezbollah, thanks to God and the young men, is growing in numbers. Hezbollah never deteriorated. For 30 or 32 years, since 1982, Hezbollah is on the rise, and thanks to the almighty God, whoever fights Hezbollah falls, declines and perishes. God willing, and the biggest proof of that is the Israeli withdrawal and the blows that were delivered to the Takfiris [Extremists] in Syria. We are continuing, God willing. This is a universal war against us and we are all-in.

Q: What do you say to some media outlets who are saying that Hezbollah and the Americans are now allies?
A: We are not even remotely concerned with these outlets. We never relied on those media outlets that you are asking about, nor on human rights or the United Nations charter. We do not care about all that. We rely first on God and then ourselves.

Q: So can you tell me if Hezbollah and the Americans are allies?
A: Your question is out of place.
Q: it is out of place because you and I know each other.
A: This is my opinion and my doctrine. This is all I can answer. We do not have a problem with the American people; we have a problem with American policies. Take a look at American policies in the Middle East and the world, from the times of Hiroshima until this day, and you will know if Hezbollah is with it or against it. We will let the viewers decide that.

Q: Is there a certain message that you would like to send to an audience that might be Arabic or western that will be viewing this interview?
A: We rely on people’s intelligence and awareness. [We do not rely on] People who are bought with money or intimidated by force or the media. There are honest people who take to the streets carrying the banners of resistance from Hamas to Hezbollah to the Islamic Jihad. These people and this resistance will never die. These people are there, but their rulers are corrupt. The people are present, just give them some hope of being able to express their opinions freely and they will do just that. They are entirely with us.

Q: There is a question that I forgot to ask at the beginning. Through your engagement with Takfiri [Extremist] groups, what can you say about the level of their training and arming?
A: They are being armed by all countries and their training comes from places as ranging from Turkey to Chechnya, to Iraq, the Balkans and Somalia. All of the areas where Al Qaeda and Wahhabis are active, from Yugoslavia, to Bosnia, and Serbia. Those who have not fought in these places are being trained in Turkey and Jordan, and in Saudi Arabia, according to some information. We are fighting 83 countries and an influx of money and media outlets and weapons and hundreds of thousands of fighters, but it is very well known where the Banner of God and his prophet lay. It lies with the just cause.

Q: Do you, as a person and as a Hezbollah fighter, have any fears that, after the upcoming airstrikes against ISIS, extremist fighters will spillover into Lebanon?
A: God willing, we are waiting for them. They are attacking civilians, children, old people and women.
Our fight with the Takfiris [Extremists] is in the battlefield, not in the different media outlets. We are in the field. If they want to fight Hezbollah, let them leave the civilians out of this and, if they are men as they claim, we are here. Let them come face us. We don’t kidnap or cut throats, we fight. The prisoner we take is a prisoner of war, while they cut throats of prisoners and wounded.

Q: Since you mentioned prisoners, it is no secret that Hezbollah has taken prisoners from these groups.
A: That is possible. I can neither confirm nor deny that. It is possible.
Q: I want to ask you about how you treat the prisoners you take from these groups, if you have taken any prisoners.
A: We follow the rules of the Islamic religion. When we released the Israeli enemy hostages, they themselves talked about how [well] they were treated. So how do you think we will treat those who are neither Jewish nor Zionists? Time will prove that

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People Smuggling on the Syria-Turkey ...
By TTM Contributor 25
08 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Location: 5 Kilometers west of Ras al-Ain , near al-Azizeya village, Syria

Syrian refugees dodge Turkish Army patrols as they are smuggled from Syria to Turkey. Smuggling has become increasingly difficult as many smugglers are being beaten up or killed by Turkish soldiers. However, there is no other ways to escape Syria, despite the existence of four legal crossings in the area.

Shot list:
- Smuggler as he goes to the border post - shots of “passengers” a term used by the smugglers of refugees and peoples in general - shots of people fleeing after detection by the Turskish border patrol - moving shots of Turkish military vehicle heading to legal border crossing - general views of the border

Interview: Abu Mohamad, Smuggler

"People here want to cross to Turkey. We are in Syria and, as you can see, we have these people who want to get to Turkey. People are dying here, sometimes there is shooting. The road from here is very difficult. On the IS side of the border [Islamic State controlled area], the road is open, but only for Arabs. On the Kurdistan [Syrian-Kurdish controlled] side, the road is blocked by the Kurds.

People here have injured relatives and they are working so hard to be able to afford to eat. Life is very hard here and people are forced to leave. We are trying to smuggle these people into Turkey and it is very hard. A few days ago we smuggled a group of people and they got caught, they started hitting them with the back of the rifle. You cannot pass through legally, so we are trying to smuggle them and people are paying everything they have to pass. What can I tell you, life here is very difficult.

Al-Qamishli passage is closed, Derwaseya passage is closed, Ras al-Ain passage is closed. The other passages in Jarablos and Tel al-Abyad are open, even though they are under the control of ISIS. They closed these passages even though they help our brothers the Kurds.
You just witnessed it, we smuggled people in and they returned them. Every few days you can hear firing and shooting and a few days ago, someone was killed at the border of Turkey. We went today and they started shooting, we go through this on daily basis

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Yazidis Smuggle Themselves Into Turkey
Zakho, Iraqi Kurdistan
By rsoufi
31 Aug 2014

August 31, 2014
Zakho, Iraq

Thousands of Yazidi refugees who where displaced from their homes in Sinjar, are seeking a new life outside of Iraq. The minority, who ISIS branded as "devil worshipers", fled their homes in Sinjar to apparent safety in Kurdish controlled Dohuk, where they lived in makeshift refugee camps. However, having lost any hope of ever returning to their homes, they chose instead to leave Iraq and look for new opportunities in a European country.
The video shows Yazidi people traveling on foot through the mountains on the Iraqi Kurdistan-Turkish border, as they try to enter Turkey unofficially.

Interviews:

Amin Mirza, Yazidi refugee (man, Arabic):
"I am going to Turkey."

Interviewer: Why did you decide to go to Turkey?
"We are going to Turkey looking for peace, safety and stability."

Interviewer: What happened to you in Sinjar? Can you tell me the story?
"What happened to us in Sinjar didn't happen to anyone else. It was a genocide, we were left with no money or clothes. Two of my nieces were captured by ISIS. My brother, his wife and their two children were also taken by ISIS. Where shall I go? I have to find somewhere safe."

Interviewer: Do you think Turkey is safe and do you think it's possible to settle in Turkey?
"Now it's safer in Turkey, thousands of people from my city are already there and are doing well in Turkey."

Interviewer: Did they all go this way [to Turkey]?
"Yes they all passed through the mountains this way with the help of the PKK."

Interviewer: How long have you been walking for to get to Turkey?
"I don't care if it takes me 2 or 3 days to get there, I will sacrifice myself to get my children to a safer place."

Ginar, Yazidi refugee (woman, Arabic):
"They captured our relatives, but just before they could capture us we ran away. One hour before they took over the town, we knew that the Peshmerga had retreated so we left."

Interviewer: Do you know anyone who was captured by ISIS?
"Yes, my cousin and my brother in law, his wife and children were all taken by ISIS and we know nothing about where they are. We came here to cross to Turkey but we were told that the border is closed and so we are waiting for it to be opened."

Interviewer: How long do you think you can stay here in the mountain?
"We really don't know. Yesterday the children were freezing, we have no food, nothing, we just came as we are. If we have to stay here for two or three more days, I don't think the children will survive.. We adults can stay alive but I doubt the children can."

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuzkhurmatu, iraq
By Arianna Pagani
28 Aug 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 soldiers who were outside the base to help the peshmerga who had been sent on ahead, come back at the end of the fight. No deaths and no injuries.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuzkhurmatu, iraq
By Arianna Pagani
28 Aug 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 soldiers who were outside the base to help the peshmerga who had been sent on ahead, come back at the end of the fight. No deaths and no injuries.

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Frontline Bashiqa
Bashiqah, Governatorato di Ninawa, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
26 Aug 2014

Between cohabitation and turns the military are able to find moments of fun. Some soldiers playing dominoes in tents.

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Frontline Bashiqa
Bashiqah, Governatorato di Ninawa, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
26 Aug 2014

Every soldier doing his job harder. Many of them come from cities that have been invaded by the army of Islamic state. They perceive a salary and their work shifts are approximately 10 days.

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Frontline Bashiqa
Bashiqah, Governatorato di Ninawa, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
26 Aug 2014

The peshmerga now have become very important for Kurdistan. For following decades, have had a bad reputation as warriors unconquered of the mountains.

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Frontline Bashiqa
Bashiqah, Governatorato di Ninawa, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
26 Aug 2014

The soldiers during the breaks have to keep their weapons clean.

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Frontline Bashiqa
Bashiqah, Governatorato di Ninawa, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
26 Aug 2014

The kitchen where soldiers take turns for preparing dinner for the people in the frontline.