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Facing ISIS: Training to Liberate Mosul
Mosul
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

Following the fall of Mosul, Iraq to ISIL, several thousand residences fled to nearby Kurdistan. A year later, they have rallied together and have formed a militia with the intention of retaking their city.

From a training camp just outside of the ISIS held city, we speak to the general in charge as well as the troops on why they are there and how they view the upcoming Siege of Mosul.

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Facing ISIS: Training to Liberate Mosul
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

Following the fall of Mosul, Iraq to ISIL, several thousand residences fled to nearby Kurdistan. A year later, they have rallied together and have formed a militia with the intention of retaking their city.

From a training camp just outside of the ISIS held city, we speak to the general in charge as well as the troops on why they are there and how they view the upcoming Siege of Mosul

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

A traffic sign lies on the ground on the road to the ISIS occupied city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. (Gavin John)

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

An Iraqi militia trains at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Gavin John)

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

An Iraqi militia stands at attention at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Gavin John)

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

An Iraqi militia trains at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Gavin John)

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

An Iraqi militia trains at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Gavin John)

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

An Iraqi militia trains at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Gavin John)

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

An Iraqi militia flashes the "victory" sign at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Gavin John)

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

An Iraqi militia flashes the "victory" sign at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. Many of the soldiers have said they are ready to take the fight to ISIS and are prepared to die for their city. (Gavin John)

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Facing ISIS: Training to Liberate Mosul
Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
10 May 2015

Following the fall of Mosul to ISIS militants in June 2014, many residence fled to nearby Kurdistan where they are now forming a militia with the intention to retake their city.

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

An Iraqi militia man holds up a Kurdish patch at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul, Iraq on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Gavin John)

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

An Iraqi militia poses for a photo at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. Many of the soldiers did not want their faces shown as they still have families trapped in Mosul. (Gavin John)

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

General Mohammed Tariq poses for a photo at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul, Iraq on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Crystal Schick)

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

General Mohammed Tariq poses under an Iraqi flag at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul, Iraq on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Crystal Schick)

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

General Mohammed Tariq poses under an Iraqi flag at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul, Iraq on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Crystal Schick)

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

A masked militiaman poses under an Iraqi flag at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul, Iraq on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Crystal Schick)

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Mosul, Iraq
By Gavin John
09 May 2015

A masked militiaman poses under an Iraqi flag at a secret camp outside of the ISIS held city of Mosul, Iraq on May 11, 2015. The soldiers are all former residences that fled their home and are now preparing to retake their city. (Crystal Schick)

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Israel Border Police
West Bank
By Ralf Falbe
09 May 2015

Israel Border Police in the West Bank, May 9, 2015.

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Battle of Bakara Market
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
29 Apr 2015

The internationally recognised Somali Government, the Transitional Federal Government, had been under siege since the Ethiopian Army pulled out in January 2009. Protected by a small force of Ugandan and Burundian soldiers deployed as the African Union's Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) the government was functioning in a 25 km2 pocket in the capital, Mogadishu, consisting of the State House Complex, the port and the airport base, where AMISOM had their HQ. In the fall of 2010 Al Shabaab attempted to push the government and the AMISOM forces into the sea in a large offensive referred to as the Ramadan Offensive, but AMISOM held their ground and eventually fought back. One of the main turning points of the conflict appeared at the end of July and beginning of August 2011, where combined AMISOM and government forces managed to push Al Shabaab out of Mogadishu, leaving the group wiht only limited footholds in the north and east of the capital.
The present collection depicts the fighting on the first two days of the offensive, where AMISOM and government forces attacked the Bakara Market in the attempt to dislodge the group from it main stronghold in the city.  

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Easter Celebration in conflict Zone I...
Kramatorsk, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
14 Apr 2015

Liberated Kramatorsk residents celebrate Easter during an open air event.
Kramatorsk is still in the conflict zone in Ukraine and just to remind the city was heavily shelled with Russian MRLS BM9K58 Tornado by Russian mercenaries just two month ago during another day (on Feb 10 2015).
More materials: http://empr.media/news/kramatorsk-shelled-with-russian-missiles-1-civilian-killed-6-wounded
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/shelling-of-kramatorsk-by-russian-tornado-missiles
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/kramatorsk-shelled-by-russian-tornado-missiles
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/unexploded-russian-tornado-missile-at-kids-playground-in-kramatorsk
https://youtu.be/SFFFL36NKb4
Young and old people now are tired from warfare during a year of Russian military invasion into Ukraine and are glad to celebrate the spring coming.
Full English description and sound bites translation will be provided after request.

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Easter presents from volunteers for U...
Kramatorsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
12 Apr 2015

Ukrainian volunteers bring homemade made Easter presents to Ukrainian border guards in Kramatorsk.

Full English description and sound bites translation will be provided after request.

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Anti-terror Operations Continue in Tu...
Gafsa, Tunisia
By Marwen Farhani
30 Mar 2015

Anti-terror operations continue in the wake of the Bardo Museum attack, this time in the rural areas outside the Tunisian capital. This operation comes a day after a raid in the suburbs of Tunis ended with authorities killing nine suspected militants in a gunfight and arresting one.

Heavily-armed Tunisian forces patrol outside the town of Gafsa as helicopters survey the area from above.

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Death and Destruction after Ambush Ag...
Aden, Yemen
By Dhaifallah Homran
27 Mar 2015

Aden, Yemen
March, 27th

THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES

Clashes between Houthi rebels and Sunni militia fighters, who support the President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi, have left a number of dead and wounded from both sides on a road between the port city of Aden and Lahij on Friday, March 27th.
This video shows the aftermath of an ambush set up by the Popular Resistance Committees, a pro-Hadi militia, against Houthi rebels and other fighters loyal to former President Ali Abdallah Saleh, who is supporting the Houthis.
Images of burned military vehicles belonging to the rebels be seen in the video. In the port city of Aden, pro-Hadi fighters patrol the streets and have set up tents as temporary military barracks.

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Northern Nigeria's Displaced Fear Ret...
Yola, Niger
By jfaden
25 Mar 2015

The Nigerian Army with the collaboration of foreign mercenaries are recording victories and declaring more and more towns captured from the hands of Boko Haram, however the question still remains if it is really safe for the residents of those towns to go back.

The about 1.5 million displaced people scattered in different locations in and outside Nigeria believe it is too early for them to go back as they have lost everything. To return and start a new life before the rainy season in June would prove a serious challenge.

As the presidential election draws closer, the question of voters' safety on polling day remains unanswered as some parts of Borno State have seen fresh attacks and suicide bombings of recent.

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Haftar Forces Patrol Deserted Benghaz...
Benghazi
By Bujezia
24 Mar 2015

Benghazi, Libya
March 24, 2015

Fighters loyal to the internationally recognized Libyan government based in Tobruk are seen in this video scouting the Al-Lethi neighborhood of Benghazi, less than one hundred meters from what they say are ISIS outposts. Soldiers snake between deserted and damaged civilian houses, searching for Islamist militants.

Fighting between Islamist militias and forces loyal to Lt. General Khalifa Haftar has ravaged the Libyan city of Benghazi, even though fighting has diminished. Reports indicate that Haftar's forces currently have the upper hand over the Islamist Libya Dawn military coalition. According to a Transterra Media contributor, significant casualties have put the local hospital under pressure to provide adequate medial care as supplies are thinning out.

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Tunisian Authorities Respond to Deadl...
Tunis
By Marwen Farhani
19 Mar 2015

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March 18, 2015 -- Tunis, Tunisia

Twenty people were killed, mostly tourists, and many more wounded when gunmen attacked the popular Bardo museum in Tunis. Tunisian security services deployed around the museum's buildings prior to entering them, allegedly trading fire with militants inside before killing two of them and rescuing hostages. Other gunmen are believed to be at large.

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Le bardo
By Mohamed Krit
18 Mar 2015

Tunis, Tunisia, 18 March 2015. Twenty people were killed, mostly tourists, and many more wounded when gunmen attacked the popular Bardo museum in Tunis. They took others hostage, some of whom were evacuated as members of the security services deployed around the museum's buildings prior to entering them. Security forces allegedly traded fire with the militants inside before killing two of the unknown number of gunmen. Others are still thought to be at large, and one officer is reported to have died.

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Scenes from Pakistan
Gilgit, Pakistan
By joshua
12 Mar 2015

Photos taken in the northern regions of Pakistan, from Lahore to the Swat Valley.

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Israeli Soldiers Enter Lebanese Terri...
Marjaayoun
By lotfallah
26 Feb 2015

Marjaayoun, Lebanon

February 26, 2015

A force of about 20 Israeli soldiers crossed the Israeli-Lebanese border on February 26 and reached the Wazzani River. The Israeli force, equipped with military dogs, patrolled an area usually used for recreation by local Lebanese. While Israeli airplanes flew over the area and an Israeli armored vehicle was positioned on the Israeli side of the border, Lebanese soldiers and security forces, as well as the United Nations peacekeeping force members, were on alert.

Video includes clear shots of Israeli soldiers on the Lebanese side of the border, the security fence, an Israeli armored personnel carrier and UN peacekeeping vehicles.

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Wide of Wazzani River valley
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Americans Fight Alongside pro-Russian...
Donetsk, Ukraine
By KatArgo
22 Feb 2015

Two Americans from texas have been fighting for the pro-Russian rebels at the Donetsk Airport, where some of the worst fighting in eastern Ukraine have occurred. 

"Texas" is a communist, who came to Donetsk from Texas to help the Donbass militia fight off the Kiev government. He is a veteran of the US Army, where he was a combat engineer and now serves as an explosive expert with the Sud Vremini (Essence of Time) Battalion. "Jackhammer" was born in Moscow, but grew up in Texas. He has no military background, but once had contracts with the police force before coming to Donetsk. He subscribes to no political party or ideology, and says he would leave Donbass if the Kiev-backed military stopped fighting in the civilian centers. He wants a peaceful resolution between the Novorussiya government, and the Kiev government, and says that even if Novorussiya does not separate, and chooses to remain a part of Ukraine, he will leave Donbass.

Grad rockets can be heard in the background of the interviews.

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Americans Fight Alongside pro-Russian...
Donetsk, Ukraine
By KatArgo
22 Feb 2015

"Texas" is a communist, who came to Donetsk from Texas to help the Donbass militia fight off the Kiev government. He is a veteran of the US Army, where he was a combat engineer and now serves as an explosive expert with the Sud Vremini (Essence of Time) Battalion.

Grad rockets can be heard in the background of the interview.

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Americans Fight Alongside pro-Russian...
Donetsk, Ukraine
By KatArgo
21 Feb 2015

"Jackhammer" was born in Moscow, but grew up in Texas. He has no military background, but once had contracts with the police force before coming to Donetsk. He subscribes to no political party or ideology, and says he would leave Donbass if the Kiev-backed military stopped fighting in the civilian centers. He wants a peaceful resolution between the Novorussiya government, and the Kiev government, and says that even if Novorussiya does not separate, and chooses to remain a part of Ukraine, he will leave Donbass.

Grad rockets can be heard in the background of the interview.

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the male prison in Herat in Afghanistan
Herat
By Giusi Cosentino
17 Feb 2015

The Afghan prison was considered important by the Italian military authorities who have funded for purposes " humanitarian " .

The opening of the prison in Herat took place in March of 2010 . The prison facility in question is located in Herat , the second largest city in Afghanistan . The prison is divided into two : the male part is made ​​up of 3310 inmates , and female , from the same prison 160.

In the same prison funded by the Italian government - specifically in the men's section where does the alleged Taliban captured by our contingent - are made of systematic torture . A complaint has been the UN through a dossier of 2011 accompanied by evidence defined as " overwhelming ". 

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Cameroonian Army Battles Boko Haram
Fotokol, Amchide
By Transterra Editor
16 Feb 2015

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

February 16, 17, 2015
Fotokol; Amchide; Kolofata, Northern Cameroon

Cameroonian special forces soldiers from the Batallion d'Intervention Rapide (B.I.R.), or Rapid Intervention Battalion patrol villages and battle Boko Haram fighters along the Cameroonian-Nigerian border between the towns of Fotokol, Kolofata, and Amchide.

Located in the extreme north of Cameroon, along the Nigerian frontier, these towns have been the scene of intense fighting between Boko Haram and both Cameroonian and Nigerian troops, who have been trying to secure the porous border. The town of Fotokol was the scene of a massacre of 70 civilians by Boko Haram in early February. Cameroonian troops are now participating in an African Union funded alliance aimed at encircling and finishing off Boko Haram. The alliance also includes Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Benin. An assault by Cameroonian forces against Boko Haram in the Nigerian village of Ndaba on March 13, 14, 2015 highlights the cross border nature of this ongoing battle.

This footage includes shots of Cameroonian troops engaging Boko Haram in Fotokol and Amchide; shots of civilians fleeing the fighting; shots of dead civilians killed by Boko Haram; an interview with a survivor of the Fotokol massacre; and shots of the river separating Nigeria and Cameroon near Fotokol.

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Boko Haram Militants Killed in Firefi...
Biu, Nigeria
By Transterra Editor
15 Jan 2015

Boko Haram militants, suspected to be Chadians, lay dead after a failed attack on Biu, suppressed after a long fire-fight with Nigerian military forces.

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Boko Haram Militants Killed in Firefi...
Biu, Nigeria
By Transterra Editor
15 Jan 2015

Boko Haram militants, suspected to be Chadians, lay dead after a failed attack on Biu, suppressed after a long fire-fight with Nigerian military forces.

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Belfast: Where the Walls Speak
Belfast, Northern Ireland
By Fabio Polese
27 Dec 2014

Strolling through the ravines of cities like Belfast, in those hearths of belonging marked by barbed wire, murals celebrating local identity and waking flags speak to a past that continues to exert is presence on the everyday. The divisions between the Republican and Protestant communities are still deep, beyond the attempts at reconciliation have occurred over the years by members of the political institutions in Northern Ireland. Around here the time is marked by commemorations and celebrations, events that enliven the mind and strengthen the concept of identity. On the walls, the windows of fast food restaurants, inside the pubs, one may notice small posters affixed to convene the community to participate in a garrison rather than a procession to commemorate some topical event in local history or the sacrifice of a martyr to his cause. And so even the walls speak. They tell stories and consolidate memory. "The murals are used to transmit our historical legacy," says Jack Duffin, a former member of the Official Irish Republican Army (IRA). The Offical IRA came out of a split in the IRA that lead to the formation of two groups. The more nationalist group took on the name Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA), while the Official IRA was often referred to as the ‘Red IRA’ or the ‘Marxist IRA.’ Duffin now works as a tour guide at the "Coiste Irish Political Tours,” an agency that organizes walking tours for tourists explaining the violence that their land has suffered. "Trading the past means transmitting our historical legacy to all people of the world who visit Belfast,” Duffin says, drinking his cup of black coffee on the way to Culturlann, a structure that works to promote the Gaelic language and culture located in the district nationalist Falls Road, Belfast. "I do not regret my past, I still want an Ireland free and sovereign. An Ireland free from the British and the European Union, but without violence. That's what we try to teach our young people.” "Many young people today are much less interested in the situation,” says Sean McHugh, a forty-year-old nationalist born and raised in Ardoyne, who lived through clashes between Irish Republicans and supporters of the Queen in the nineties. “They are estranged from reality by television, by drugs and alcohol. In the nineties there was a lot more anger and tension than there is today." This tension does not seem to have vanished completely and could re-ignite at any moment. In fact, according to informed sources, there are 200 to 500 volunteers for the New IRA in Belfast alone. The New IRA has been training a new cadre of Irish Republican Army since they were formed in 2012 by merging several active paramilitary cells. Despite this presence, local associations and political parties continue desire a peaceful way forward to achieve a free and sovereign Ireland.