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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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Airstrikes Target Syrian Oil Fields
Syria
By TTM Contributor 4
07 Oct 2014

al-Malakiyah, Syria
October 3, 2014

The International Coalition's aircrafts targeted a number of primary oil refineries, known as "The Burners" in the governorate of Al Hasakah, Deir Ez Zour and Raqqa. However, they did not hit any of the refineries in the areas under Kurdish control in Al Hasakah.

The basic refineries, known as “Burners” became widespread two years ago to combat the difficulties of getting the Fuel to Al Hasakah from Baniyas and Aleppo.
The workers in these refineries depend on primitive methods to extract fuel (oil and gas) through huge metal containers of different capacities, ranging from 8 to 40 barrels of crude oil.

After the oil wells in Al Suwaidyeh and Rmaylan in the city of Al Malikiyah northeastern Syria stopped pumping to the refineries in Baniyas and Aleppo, the PYD, who control these wells, decided to sell crude oil to the Burners owners for 4000 SYP (20 USD) a barrel.
After extracting the fuel, the Burner owners sell them to the dealers, who in turn sell it to the remaining regions of Al Hasakah, as well as other Syrian governorates and even to Iraq.
The workers get paid a daily salary of 2000 SYP (almost 10 USD) for 10 working hours a day, sometimes more.

Shot Lists:
General view of The Burners
Shots of black smoke
Several shots of the workers

(01:12) Abu Ahmad, worker in the refinery: We wake up to work at 4 am and we keep working until 4 pm, it is very hard but we have to work, we have no other option, we are forced to do this job to make a living (01:30)

(01:31) Ahmad, worker: We did not find any other job, we work for 9-10 hours and sometimes until midnight, thank God we are working (01:42)

(01:43) Sameer: I am a university student, and I do not have enough money to continue my studies, so I dropped out of the university and came here to work in the burner. I know this type of work causes many diseases, and it is very dangerous. We are forced to do what is bad to avoid what is worse (01:58)

(01:59) Ali, worker: We have been working in the burners for over two years, we have no other option but to work in this burner and there are no job opportunities (02:11)

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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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From Shot Put Champion to Pipe Bomb R...
Deir Ezzor
By TTM Contributor 9
09 Apr 2014

Description

The FSA fighter Abu Qazem went from Syrian shot put champion to commander of Om Al Qura Brigade in Deir Ezzor. He was a student at the local university when he joined the Shot Put championship that led him to compete in and win the national championship. He was working in construction before the revolution when he became the commander of Om Al Qura Brigade in Al Jabeela neighborhood that is considered one of the regional symbols in the uprising against government forces. The iron ball that made Abu Qazem a national champion has now transformed into the hand grenade that Abu Qazem is famous for throwing at enemy targets, including large distances and heavy bombs than others have a hard time getting it to their targets.

Shot List

  1. General shots of Abou Kazem as he prepares bombs to throw on AlAsad's forces on the front line in Deir Ezzour's Aljabila neighborhood.
  2. General shots of Abou Kazem with members of his fighting group as they are discussing the best places to throw the bombs.
  3. A shot of Abou Kazem orienting one of the members to throw a bomb on AlAsad's forces in AlJabila, Deir Ezzor.
  4. A set of wide shots of Abou Kazem throwing rocks on AlAsad forces, an everyday exercise of his hands that helps him throw big boms.
  5. Abou Kazem climbing the stairs of a destructed building to throw a bomb from its rooftop in Deir Ezzor.
  6. Abou Kazem spotting the areas of presence of the regime's forces on the front line opposed to him in order to throw a bomb.
  7. A shot of Abou Kazem preparing the place in order to throw the bomb.
  8. A shot of Abou Kazem as he prepares the bomb and throws it onto AlAsad's forces before hearing gunfire.
  9. A shot of Abou Kazem asking through the wireless device about the movements of the regime's forces after the bomb was thrown.
  10. Abou Kazem peeking on the sites of AlAsad's forces.
  11. A shot Abou Kazem sneaking with a fellow fighter from building rooftop to another in Deir Ezzor, East of Syria.
  12. A shot of Abou Kazem looking through an opening of a destructed house in Deir Ezzor, East of Syria.
  13. Abou Kazem sitting on a couch in the center of a front line in AlJabila neighborhood, with the shells he uses against AlAsad's forces next to him.
  14. A sequence of shots of Abou Kazem as he sits on the front line and jokes with the fighters.
  15. An interview with Abou Kazem in which he speaks about his experience and tells the story of how he was transformed from a hero of a Shut Put hero to a shell bomb thrower.
  16. An interview with Abou Kazem's companion, a fighter from a neighboring front line, in which he explains why they resorted to Abou Kazem to throw bombs.

Interviews

Abou Kazem- commander of Om Al Qura Brigade in Deir Al Zour :
"In the name of god, I am the Mojahed (fighter) Abou AlKazem, the military leader of the brigade “Om Alkora” in AlJibali neighborhood of Deir Ezzor.  We have been here for a year.  The fighting started in different ways; one of them is with the local mortars of different sizes. Before the revolution, I used to have simple jobs such as construction. I was also an athlete and won the Shot Put local competition in Deir Ezzor in the first year, as for the second year, I won the Shot Put championship of the Syrian Republic.
Then came the blessed revolution and took me, forcefully or unintentionally, from throwing iron balls to throwing bombs in my country and homeland. We ask of god to appreciate us for these deeds.
If god wishes, after this blessed revolution will triumph over the tyrant, I will go back to my original work domain of construction. And with the will of god, we will rebuild this country after Bashar and his subordinates destructed it, and we will reconstruct the infrastructure and people’s hearts, which are full of love and obedience for god. We will build it internally and externally if god wills."

No name mentioned-FSA fighter in Om Al Qura Brigade in Deir Al Zour :
"In the name of god, we assigned him to throw mortars because he has physical strength as a Shot Put athlete and can throw the mortars to a farther distance.  He is of help to us for his expertise. We thank him for this service because he is a national champion and a battle champion too."