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Libyan Army Battles 'Libya Dawn' Guer...
Kikla
By Mourad TEYEB
14 Feb 2016

Our reporters were embedded with the Libyan Army during a battle against Libya Dawn (Fajr Libya) guerrillas in Kikla (South-west of Tripoli).

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Kurdish Girl Describes IS Attack in K...
Suruc, Turkey
By Ibrahim Husseini
26 Jun 2015

17 year old Suzan Hamo is a Kurdish girl from Kobane, Syria. She fled her home in Kobane after IS fighters attacked the town in the early hours of Thursday June 25, 2015. She says her house was set on fire and she received burn wounds as a result. Suzan is now receiving medical attention in Suruc.

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Gunfire Between YPG and IS Forces in ...
Kobane, Syrian-Turkish border
By Ibrahim Husseini
25 Jun 2015

Kobane, Syria
June 25, 2015

Footage taken from the Turkish side of the border shows sporadic fighting between the Kurdish YPG and the IS fighters. Kurdish sources say that IS fighters remain encircled by the YPG in Kobane, in two positions. Reports say that the IS have positioned themselves in a school and have taken hostages there. No exact figure on the number of the hostages were given.

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The Christian Militia Fighting ISIS i...
Unnamed Road, Bakufa,Iraq
By Nils Metzger
23 Mar 2015

This footage shows fighters from the Assyrian Christian Dwekh Nawsha militia at their forward operating base in Baqufa, Iraq, as well as on the frontline where they operate together with Peshmerga units. Since August, Dwekh Nawsha has guarded the village of Baqufa – especially its church – from looters. They also control the road connecting Mosul, the largest city in the Islamic State, and Dohuk, a large Kurdish city currently giving refuge to more than 100.000 displaced persons, many of them Christians.

This specific section of the frontline is very quiet, with no major fighting for the past six months since neither side has any heavy weapons deployed here. Many refugees criticize the militia’s lack of commitment to recapturing their village in the Niniveh area.

This footage shows an ordinary day with Dwekh Nawsha: watching the enemy on the frontline, waiting at the base camp, patrolling the village of Baqufa, staying awake all night to guard the small checkpoint, preparing breakfast for the day shift, cleaning the base and returning home for their week off.

The footage includes interviews with Rama Baito, the social media manager of Dwekh Nawsha; Sargon Logan, a 25-year old bread vendor from the city of Dohuk who joined Dwekh Nawsha three months ago; General Tareq Suliman, the local Peshmerga commander on the frontline near Dohuk; and his second-in-command, Colonel Kerim, who accompanied the journalist to the frontline.

BACKGROUND:

In August 2014, the Islamic State captured a number of Iraqi Christian towns in the area surrounding Mosul, among them Karakosh, the largest Iraqi city with a Christian majority.

While most fled, some Christians organized themselves into militias to defend their villages. One of them is Dwekh Nawsha (‘The Sacrificers’). Since August 2014, they have trained more than 60 fighters from the Ninaveh region of Iraq and control a small part of the frontline north of Mosul near a village called Baqufa. Dwekh Nawsha is not just a militia of Christians, but one fighting for the interests of the ancient Assyrian communities in Iraq. The Assyrians cherish a culture much older than Christianity, but were also one of the first peoples to convert in the 1st century AD. Over the last few months, the Islamic State has destroyed a number of important excavating sites and historical cities of the Assyrians, a people who used to rule over large parts of the Middle East 3.000 years ago.

The interviews were conducted in English and Kurdish.

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Interview: US Citizen Provides Iraqi ...
Dohuk, Iraq
By Nils Metzger
22 Mar 2015

In February 2015, Judd Carroll from Tyler, Texas decided to start a fundraising campaign to help Christian refugee children in northern Iraq and then deliver the material aid himself. Not only did the fundraising effort fail but, despite harsh criticism from family and friends, he spent his own money to fly to Iraq to bring both baby food and military equipment to local Christian militias. In this 30min interview, he explains his motivation and why he wants to join these Christian militias fighting the Islamic State.

The interview was filmed at the headquarters of the Christian Assyrian militia Dwekh Nawsha (‘The Sacrificers’).

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Interview: Yousif Thomas Mirkis, Chal...
Sulaimaniya, Iraq
By Nils Metzger
20 Mar 2015

Archbishop Yousif Thomas Mirkis of Kirkul is one of the most important clergymen in the Chaldean Church and one of the most influential representatives of the Christian community in all of Iraq. The diocese of Kirkuk has always been a centerpiece of Iraqi Christendom, its former Archbishop Louis Raphael Sako having become the Patriarch of the Chaldean Church in 2013. This interview with Bishop Mirkis was conducted on 19 March 2015 in Sulaimaniya, Iraq.

The main topics discussed are the current refugee crisis and the future role of Christians in Iraq.

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Interview: Emanuel Youkhana, Head of ...
Erbil, Iraq
By Nils Metzger
18 Mar 2015

This footage is an extended interview with Archimandrit Emanuel Youkhana, priest of the Assyrian Church of the East and head of the most important Christian relief organization in Iraq, CAPNI. Here he talks extensively about why, even after the Islamic State has collapsed, he thinks Iraqi Christendom is about to die out, and why he does not expect things to get much better.

The interview was conducted in English.

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Erbil, Iraq
By Nils Metzger
18 Mar 2015

Jens Petzold is a Swiss monk who heads a monastery in Erbil, Iraq for Iraqi-christian refugees who fled ISIS attacks on their towns last year. A former resident of the famous Deir Mar Musa monastery in Syria, Petzold first came Iraq from Syria in 2011 in order to rebuild the abandoned monastery of Deir Maryam al-Adha. After the Islamic State started to attack Christian villages in Iraq this past summer, he became the sole caretaker of dozens of displaced families.

Petzold is a charismatic and unorthodox church congregation leader. This footage tries to show how a single person can make a big difference to many refugees as well as show how refugees from the Christian community try to get on with their daily lives, somehow trying to avoid leaving their homeland for good.

Background:

In August 2014, the Islamic State captured a number of Iraqi Christian towns in the area surrounding Mosul, among them Karakosh, the largest Iraqi city with a Christian majority. Most of its 50,000 residents fled within a couple of hours on the 6th of August and left most of their belongings behind. Right now more than 100,000 of the already shrinking population of Iraqi Christian community have become internally displaced or fled to other countries. While most of the IDPs have found refuge in Ankawa, the Christian quarter of Erbil and two large refugee camps near the city of Dohuk, a small monastery in Sulaimaniya opened its doors for more than 200 refugees who have now been living in this very crowded place for more than half a year. The monastery with its church and one building houses 80 people, nearby apartments another 100+ people. Almost 70 of them are children.

The author visited Sulaimaniya in March 2015. The entire footage was shot during that time. It includes interviews with Jens Petzold, several of the refugees, shows daily life in the monastery as well as a mass. I accompanied Jens Petzold during trips to the local market, to a Christian graveyard and to another local church community where they are raising funds to build new housing facilities.

The following rough cut is in chronological order as it was shot.

The interviews were conducted in English and Arabic.

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Clashes on Tikrit Frontline
Al-Alam, Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
15 Mar 2015

March 15, 2015
Al-Alam,Tikrit Reqion, Iraq

Footage from the frontline at al-Alam, near Tirkit, where Shiite fighters from the Ali al-Akbar brigade, part of the Popular Mobilization umbrella group, engage in a battle with ISIS, merely 300m away.

This video was shot by a fighter from the group using a GoPro camera attached to his body.

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Syrians Scrape A Living in Jordan (3 ...
65,Jordan
By Camilla Schick
12 Mar 2015

LEAD-IN MATERIAL
As Syria’s civil war enters its fifth year, nine million people have been displaced, with 3.7 million of those having fled the country. Millions of Syrian refugees are scraping by in neighboring countries.

Jordan has registered 600,000 refugees – constituting almost 10% of the Hashemite Kingdom’s total population of 6.6 million, though the actual number may be much higher. One fifth now live in refugee camps, including Za'atari camp, the second largest in the world. It's illegal for them to leave Jordan's now overcrowded and increasingly insecure refugee camps, but many are now making the leap to urban areas, seeking work and a better life. Some Syrian families who fled to Jordan at the start of the war are fairing better than others who've arrived more recently. But they’re still struggling to survive beyond the camps, without enough allowance from the UN nor local charities to pay for food and medical care, or taking their chances with working illegally.

Despite not being legally entitled to work, many have taken up jobs at local shops at the discretion of Jordanian employers, while others are too afraid to leave their homes and are surviving on as little as 13 dinars ($18) per person per month from the UN.

UN REPORT
A recent UNHCR urban report, entitled ‘Living in the Shadows’ in January this year, based on 150,000 Syrian refugees living outside of Jordan’s camps, concluded that two thirds of the refugees now in urban areas are living below Jordan’s poverty line. 1/6 are living in abject poverty barely surviving off the equivalent of 1.3 dollars per person per day. The UN has expressed grave concern that refugees are now turning desperate measures to make ends meet, with children dropping out of school and even women turning to prostitution.

JORDAN VALLEY
Khatah is a father in a community of more than 35 Syrian refugees living in UNHCR provided tents in the Jordan Valley by the Israeli border. Some of them have been living like this for 2-3 years. Most are young children. They try to earn some money working irregular days on the farms nearby, but it's not nearly enough to cover medical fees, food, and other expenses. One woman is heavily pregnant with her baby due fifteen days ago, while other adults are suffering stress and chronic illness. Khatah explains he cannot afford to pay 40-50 dinars per ID card for his family of 19 people. He wishes the fighting would stop in Syria and that they would all be able to return to them homeland one day.

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Helio Gracie: The Legend of Brazilan ...
Rio de janeiro
By Lola García-Ajofrín
11 Mar 2015

The sound of effort echoes through the Gracie Humaita gym in Rio de Janeiro during a training session. "There are only two options, 'desist or insist,'" Rolker Gracie barks at his fighters. Gracie is the fourth of nine children of the creator of Brazilian jiu jitsu, Master Helio Gracie, who died in 2009 and has since become the stuff of legend.

"My father always told us, 'Train, coach, and train all day. Always be the first to arrive, and never be absent," emphasizes Rolker, 48, sitting on a sweaty mat after a defense training course. ¨If this martial art was a church, my father would have become Pope," he boasts.

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Helio Gracie: la leyenda del Jiu jitsu Brasileño

 

Asistimos al entrenamiento, en Río de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador del jiu-jitsu brasileño. Años de luchas, seguidores y enemigos engordan la leyenda en todo Brasil. Como en la Biblia, David derrotó a Goliat

La lección retumba en la sala del gimnasio Gracie Humaitá de Río de Janeiro con un halo de romanticismo: “Solo hay dos opciones: de-sis-tir o in-sis-tir”, espeta a sus luchadores  Rolker Gracie, el cuarto de los nueve hijos del creador del jiu-jitsu brasileño, el Maestro Helio Gracie, fallecido en 2009 y hoy convertido en leyenda.

“Mi padre siempre nos decía: entrena, entrena y entrena, todo el día, sé siempre el primero en llegar y nunca te ausentes”, enfatiza Rolker, de 48 años, sentado sobre el tatami en el que acaba de impartir una clase de defensa personal. Él prefiere decir que su progenitor y maestro “abrasileró el jiu-jitsu”. “Si este arte marcial fuese una iglesia mi padre sería el Papa”, presume.

Rolker es un grandullón con cara de buenazo que si no fuese por el cinturón rojo y negro y la firmeza con la que sostiene del cuello a su alumno nadie diría que es capaz de repartir al que se le ponga en frente. Un numeroso clan defiende el apellido Gracie en todo el mundo, entre hijos, sobrinos y nietos del gran Helio, que se jactaba de no haberse puesto un preservativo en su vida.

Irreverente, así se explayaba en 2001, a los 88 años, en una entrevista con la periodista Dalila Magarian para Playboy, el padre del jiu-jitsu: “¡Dios me libre! No existió mujer en el mundo que me hiciese usar condón. Ni si fuese la última mujer del mundo. Iba a morir sin follar. Mis hijos tampoco lo usan y tengo 28 nietos”.

Esa filosofía se tradujo en nueve hijos para Helio: tres de la primera mujer, Margarida, con la que vivió 50 años hasta que enviudó y seis con la segunda, Vera, 32 años más joven que él, con la que tuvo otros seis. Su hermano Carlos dio al mundo a 21 criaturas con cinco mujeres. Otra manía de los Gracie era que sus descendientes tenían que denominarse como lo que serían: tipos duros. Por eso, Helio bautizó a todos sus hijos con nombres que empezaban con la letra “R”. “Mi padre quería nombres fuertes para hijos fuertes y la letra “R” era la que más potente sonaba”, explica Rolker. “Así nos llamó: Rorion, Relson, Rickson, Rolker, Royler, Royce, Rhérika, Robin y Ricci”. Lo aprendió de su hermano que puso a todos nombres con “C”, “R” y “K”, las más sonoras del alfabeto en portugués.

 

David venció a Goliat

De inicial muda, ni el nombre ni la fisionomía de Helio invitaban a la lucha. Era un chico enclenque y casi siempre enfermo. El jiu-jitsu aterrizó en su vida por casualidad: “Las artes marciales entraron en casa a través de un refugiado político japonés que había viajado en 1914 con otros tantos inmigrantes de Japón”, explica Rolker que aclara que el japonés era un importante cinturón negro de judo, Mitsuyo Maeda, conocido como el Conde Koma. El padre de Helio, diplomático, ayudó al japonés a establecerse y este, como agradecimiento, enseñó sus conocimientos de defensa al primogénito, Carlos, que a su vez, instruyó a su hermano. Aunque Helio, flaco [de 1,75 m de altura y 63 kg de peso] y que se asfixiaba hasta al subir las escaleras, era demasiado debilucho para derrotar a nadie con aquella técnica. “Mi padre siempre fue un luchador. Antes de nacer, ya estaba luchando para sobrevivir”, puntualiza Rolker.

Debido a su frágil salud, Helio se las ingenió para dejar la escuela en segundo curso. Se dedicaba a asistir a clases de jiu-jitsu de su hermano Carlos aunque por indicación médica tenía prohibido participar. Así memorizó la técnica y un día que el hermano se ausentó de una de las clases, con 16 años, las puso en práctica. Pero Helio era consiente de que con su estado físico nunca podría ejecutar aquellas técnicas. “Por eso, comenzó a adaptarlas a su cuerpo débil, dando prioridad al principio de palanca y al sentido de oportunidad respecto a la velocidad y la fuerza”, aclara Rolker, didáctico. Sin darse cuenta, el joven flacucho acababa de parir lo que hoy se conoce como jiu-jitsu brasileño. “Lo más importante ya no era ser leve o pesado, delgado o gordito, si no conocer la técnica”, especifica. Como en la Biblia, David estaba preparado para enfrentarse a Goliat. Y así lo hizo.

 

La Gran lucha en Maracaná

El David brasileño puso a prueba su sistema desafiando a los principales Goliats de Brasil. Peleó 18 veces, derrotó a los mejores y se convirtió en una especie de héroe en el país. Pero aún quedaba demostrarle a los japoneses que la técnica de los Gracie no era inferior. En 1951, un periódico japonés [Asahi Shimbum] patrocinó la visita de tres campeones japoneses a Brasil: el número uno de Japón, Masahiko Kimura y otros dos importantes luchadores, Yukio Kato y Yamagushi. Tras un empate previo, Helio venció a  Kato, al que le aplicó un estrangulamiento denominado “de guardia cerrada”. “El estrangulamiento es mi especialidad, cuando se pega en el cuello, no existe valiente”, confesaría Helio Gracie a Playboy. Todavía faltaba por combatir el mejor peso pesado de la historia del judo, el gran Kimura.

El enfrentamiento fue en el estadio de fútbol Maracaná, en un combate ante 20.000 espectadores que ha pasado a la historia de Brasil y de las Artes Marciales. “Asistió hasta el presidente del gobierno”, matiza Rolker. Helio tenia entonces 42 años y pesaba 68 Kg; Kimura era un gigante de 34 años y 97 Kg. Se acordó que la lucha solo acabaría cuando uno de los dos se rindiera o quedara inconsciente. Fue en el minuto 13, cuando Kimura efectuó una llave de brazo y consiguió someter a Helio. Con el brazo partido, el brasileño se negaba a rendirse y aguantó hasta que su esquina tiró la toalla. “La llave pasó a denominarse llave de Kimura”, continúa Gracie hijo. Y pese a la derrota, los japones quedaron fascinados por el aguante de Helio.

 

La tribu de los Gracie

La dinastía Gracie ha generado tantas pasiones como odios en todo Brasil, tras años de peleas dentro y fuera del ring en los que el clan demostró su fuerza. “En Rio de Janeiro, 20 años atrás, había peleas a todas horas en la calle. Vivimos en una época en la que mis hermanos y yo, en el colegio público que estudiábamos en Botafogo [Rio de Janeiro], había peleas todos los días, en el barrio, peleas siempre... Era la ley de la selva, la ley de supervivencia. No existe más eso. Mi hermano Royson que es súper campeón de jiu-jitsu nunca peleó en la calle”, insiste.

Rolker asegura que no siente “saudades” (nostalgia) de aquellos tiempos: “No estamos en el 73, cambió todo, hoy cualquier acto sobre otra persona es considerado una agresión”; tampoco cree que en el Vale Tudo hoy valga todo: “Es verdad que hay quien lo confunde, pero un tipo que pelea en la calle es un tipo inseguro. El gran luchador es el que tiene calma, paciencia, resuelve”, afirma pausado el luchador, que puntualiza:  “En el Vale Tudo técnicamente no valen golpes bajos: meter los dedos en los ojos, tirar del pelo, golpear los genitales... pero en la calle, muleke [chaval], la primera cosa que ocurre es eso”.

 

La tragedia fuera del tatami

Acostumbrados a ganar, fuera del tatami, la historia de la gran tribu de los Gracie es otra. Especialmente, dos extrañas muertes pesan sobre la familia. Una es la de su sobrino Rockson Gracie, hijo de Rickson, del que se encontró su cuerpo sin vida en un hotel de Nueva York, en 2000. Una década después, el padre, Rickson, se sinceró sobre el tema en una entrevista con la revista Ragga, en la que le preguntan a este, invicto, por el mayor golpe de su vida y responde: “Sin ninguna duda la pérdida de mi hijo, hace diez años”. En 2011, creó la Fundación Rockson Gracie, para “enseñar hermandad y no violencia” a través de este deporte, reza su web.

La otra es la de Ryan Gracie, de 33 años, hallado muerto en una celda de Sao Paulo, donde había sido confinado por posesión de cocaína. En la entrevista que en 2001, Helio Gracie concede a Playboy, el maestro zanja el asunto sobre los problemas de Ryan con la justicia, aclarando que una cosa es su familia y otra, la de su hermano: “Nadie ignora el hecho de que actualmente la familia Gracie está dividida en dos partes. La primera surge de Carlos Gracie, mi hermano, un hombre de grandes cualidades, valentía, tolerancia y una moral sólida. Su único error fue tener 21 hijos con cinco mujeres diferentes, produciendo un enorme clan de más de 150 personas, hoy sin un líder que pueda aconsejarles, controlarles y orientarles”.

Polémicas a un lado, Rolker habla con la misma devoción tanto de su padre como de su tío: “Gracias a Dios el jiu-jitsu en Río, se ha convertido en una fiebre, no solo en la zona sur donde el poder adquisitivo en un poco mejor sino en la ciudad entera. Mi padre y mi tío Carlos, no me puedo olvidar de él, hicieron historia”. Hasta 275 gimnasios brasileños que imparten este arte marcial están afiliados a la Confederación brasileña de Jiu-jitsu. La moda llega hasta la televisión. La primera cadena de Brasil que emitió en directo los combates de Artes Marciales Mixtas (MMA) fue la Rede TV. Debido al éxito de audiencia, Globo, la mayor cadena de América Latina y la segunda del mundo, detrás de la ABC, entró en el circuito y monopolizó las transmisiones. En la actualidad, Globo emite en directo todas las luchas que se realizan en Brasil así como desde 2012, en prime time, “The Ultimate Fighter: Brasil”, una edición del reality show norteamericano sobre MMA.

“Hoy el nombre Gracie es grande gracias a ellos dos”, enfatiza Rolker, mientras señala la imagen del gran Helio, vigilante, desde un dibujo a carboncillo tamaño folio, que cuelga en el medio de una pared del gimnasio. Una hilera de copas y premios, sobre un muro, legitiman sus palabras. Por la ventana, los 38 metros de la estatura del Cristo Redentor, símbolo de Rio de Janeiro, iluminado, lucen diminutos a su lado. Vuelve al aula y continúa la clase, ahora en grupo: “De-sis-tir o in-sis-tir”.

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Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
10 Mar 2015

March 9, 2015
Tikrit, Iraq

Iraqi Army soldiers and Shiite fighters that pledge allegiance to Ali al-Akbar, a Shiite militia fighting under the umbrella of The Iraqi Popular Army (Hashid Shaabi), advance on al-Dour, a village in southern Tikrit.

Video shows them at very close range using tanks, heavy artillery and automatic weapons to fire upon ISIS positions as they move north towards central Tikrit. In the latter half of the video, various militiamen describe their morale as optimal; their motivations as just; and their ability to wipe out ISIS in the name of Hussein, the Prophet and the latter’s family as very strong.

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Shiite Militias Advance on ISIS Outsi...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
08 Mar 2015

March 8, 2015
Tikrit, Iraq

Footage from a camera mounted on the helmet of a fighter from the Ali-al-Akbar Shiite militia (part of the larger al-Hashd al-Shaabi umbrella of Shiite militias) shows fighters running through trenches and dirt roads on the outskirts of Al-Awja, the hometown of Saddam Hussein, in southern Tikrit. ISIS fighters were forced to retreat following the clashes.

The Iraqi Army, in coordination with al-Hashd al-Shaabi militias, launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit, which became an ISIS stronghold in June of 2014. Around 30,000 troops have been deployed and have been retaking villages from the jihadists en route to Tikrit over the last month.

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kirkuk front lines outskirts of Mula Abdul
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
27 Jan 2015

A day after going through coalition training and graduation, Bakhtiar goes to the frontlines to fight in the battle for Kirkuk. We follow him and get a closer look into his life as a Peshmerga soldier recently trained by Coalition advisors.

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Kurdish Women Military Training
Erbil
By mushtaq mohammed
14 Dec 2014

December 14, 2014
Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

Special units of Kurdish women fighters train with the Peshmerga to fight against ISIS. Video shows the women practicing with various weapons and methods of warfare.

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Iraqi Army Takes Down ISIS Flag in Di...
Muqdadiyah
By mushtaq mohammed
13 Dec 2014

December 13, 2014
Muqdadiyah, Diyala, Iraq

Iraqi Army soldiers gain important ground in Muqdadiyah, a city in the Diyala governorate of Iraq, 80km northeast of Baghdad. The Iraqi troops were able to liberate several northern villages and capture ISIS bases and artillery after days of heavy clashes.

Over 100 families escaped from the Muqdadiya city, after several public executions by ISIS at the end of September. ISIS took control over the northern villages of Muqdadiyah, in mid August 2014, and turned them into a stronghold from which they controlled much of the Diyala province.

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Army Commander, (man, Arabic):
(00:21-01:00) "There was an operation that lead to the death of 12 ISIS members. We also took their weapons and injured almost 20 of them. This operation was carried out by the SWAT team and popular armed forces. The upcoming operations will liberate the areas of Sensel, Hinbesh, al-Ali, and al-Tayha. This next operation will be very soon."

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FSA Fights to Protect Civil Status Re...
Damascus
By Mohamad al-jazaare
09 Nov 2014

Eastern Ghouta, Syria
November 2014

A Free Syrian Army (FSA) group took over the civil status registry near Damascus. The official building contains documents such as birth certificates, identity card application forms and marriage contracts.

FSA fighters claim that they moved the documents through tunnels to a safe location after discovering that part of them has been damaged by the fighting.

This footage shows the battle to take over the civil status office near Damascus and the official building from the inside. A large amount of personal status documents can be seen, some of them torn.

Fighters can be seen in the video carrying large bags of documents through tunnels.

Shot List

1 Wide of fighter shooting through hole.
2 Wide of fighters running to re-position.
3 Wide of fighters taking cover.
4 Medium of fighter shooting through hole.
5 Wide of fighters taking cover.
6 Wide of shooting machine gun mounted on vehicle.
7 Wide of smoke.
8 Wide of destroyed buildings.
9 Various of fighters running/ walking amid rubble

10 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) FSA commander Abu al-Jud

"We took over the civil registry office and the mosque. We advanced from the right side and took over Lamees area, and we also took over the Mazda company building. We are now very close to the municipality."

11 Close up of sign “Store” 12 Close up sign “Documents Certification”
13 Close up of writing on wall.
14 Close up of computers.
15 Close up of writing on wall.
16 Close up of ID cards.
17 Wide of inside building.
18 Various ID application forms for ID.
19 Close of birth certificate.
20 Various of torn documents.
21 Close up of broken ID, spent bullets on the floor.
22 Close up of IDs on the floor.
23 SOUNDBITE (Arabic. Man) FSA commander Mufid Abdel Hadi

"After liberating the civil registry office, we realized the importance of the documents that the regime tried to burn. We informed special committees about the documents and they confirmed that we need to recover them. We dug underground tunnels with the help of fighters and we took the documents to a safe place."

24 Medium of men taking documents out of bags
25 Close up of fighter taking documents out of bag.

26 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) FSA commander Abu al-Jud

“Some of these documents are burnt.”

27 Wide of registry books.
28 Various of torn documents.
29 Wide of fighters carrying bags through tunnel.
30 Various of documents.
31 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Uabada, Member of pro-opposition Legal Office

"We are now in the civil registry office for Damascus and its rural areas. We are at the front line of Erbeen, since it has been liberated by the fighters. The office is always a target for shelling and bombing by the regime. We found many important documents such as birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, and civil documents for people from Damascus and its rural areas. Not only for inhabitants of Erbeen, but also those from Kalamoon, Haramoon, and al-Yarmouk camp."

32 Various of fighters walking through tunnel.

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Kobane Refugees in Risky Game of Back...
Suruc, Kobane
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 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 IS 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 ISIS troops outside Kobane, but without proper weapons, the Kurds might not be able to hold the city much longer.

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Volunteers Upgrade Ukrainian Tanks, S...
Sloviansk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
07 Sep 2014

Date: September 8, 2014
Location: Sloviansk, Ukraine
Length: 3:51

When a shaped charge penetrates the armour of a vehicle, there is a massive build-up of heat that burns through the armour and threatens to kill the crew. Shaped charge protection prevents the round penetrating the vehicle armour and triggers the explosion outside the vehicle, in which case, the vehicle is likely to remain combat ready. A resident of Vinnitsa Oblast, Leonid, organized a team of volunteer welders after seeing his fellow countrymen die in conflict. He lead the team to Sloviansk where they are installing shaped charge protection onto Ukrainian combat vehicles.

Myroslav Gai from Kiev served in the National Guard of Ukraine as a volunteer and took part in the ground action in Sloviansk. After being rotated out, he organised a charity to provide aid to servicemen and refugees. Donations from people around the region have been used to buy the necessary materials for Leonid’s team of welders to manufacture and mount the shaped charge protection. Myroslav and Leonid’s objective is to equip 100 armoured vehicles with the potentially life-saving cage.

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A craftsman cuts the metal bars.
A craftsman takes measurements for the protective screens.
Craftsmen welding.
A craftsman demonstrates the mechanical window in the shaped charge protection.
Craftsmen assemble the shaped charge protection screen.
Craftsmen install the shaped charge protection.

SOUNDBITE 1
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“The shaped charge protection screen. In simple terms – it is a metal cage encircling the armoured vehicle, which traps the charge, for example a rocket from a RPG (handheld launcher).”

“An incoming RPG charge explodes and burns out between the cage and main armour. The crew, therefore, survives.”

SOUNDBITE 2
Leonid, professional welder
“After losing some of our fellow countrymen, who burned alive because shaped charges hit their armoured vehicles, we decided to create a shaped charge protection. We did all the designing, manufacturing and testing. The live fire test revealed that the armour on the vehicle stays intact.”

SOUNDBITE 3
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“The main thing is that these folks can install the protection in the field. There are not many people who would agree to go to a military base, where military action could start at any time.”

SOUNDBITE 4
Leonid, professional welder
“Every protective cage is being welded independently, after which they are all put together and bolted as a single structure. Afterwards, they are welded strongly to the armoured vehicle.”

SOUNDBITE 5
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“Our target is to fix the protection to as many armoured vehicles as possible, since the Ukrainian army has only a limited quantity of such vehicles and those get destroyed in combat, along with the people in them.”

SOUNDBITE 6
Leonid, professional welder
“In a very short period of time we installed the protection onto seven armoured vehicles. At the same time, we install protective screens and repair the vehicles damaged in action.”

SOUNDBITE 7
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“We have managed to collect significant amounts of money through donations. Only the materials used in manufacturing the protection for one vehicle is 24,000 UAH. Leonid thanks God and will take money only to reimburse the materials. The real costs are paying craftsmen’s hours and transportation, which we can’t afford. Therefore, their assistance is appreciated.”

SOUNDBITE 8
Leonid, professional welder
“I receive many text messages from the army unit for which we installed the protection screens. As a rule, I receive them at night. In the morning, my phone is bursting with the phone calls: ‘Thank you so much, uncle Lyonya. We got entrapped and shelled, but all are alive.’ Such gratitude is the most valuable thing I ever encountered in my life.”

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Transterra Media cannot independently verify the accuracy of this content. The appearance of this video on the Transterra Media (TTM) website does not in any way constitute endorsement by TTM of any claims or statements made in the video.

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In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.

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In Rio de Janeiro, Rolker Gracie, one of the sons of Helio Gracie, the famous creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is hard at work training his fighters. Years of struggle between followers and enemies of the gym have made the Gracie family the stuff of legends in Brazil.

Asistimos a el entrenamiento, en Rio de Janeiro, de uno de los hijos de Helio Gracie, el creador de Iju-jitsu. Años de lucha, simpatizantes y también enemigos, agrandan la leyenda. Como en la Biblia, David derrota a Goliat.