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Land of the Epics: Inside Islamist Re...
Idlib
By Yacine BenRabia
27 Apr 2018

This documentary in Syria is about a press trip among the rebel groups against Bashar Assad's regime, where the film tells the story of two important leaders in a combat group. We accompanied them in 2015, 2016 and 2017 from September to December 2017. The two are Abu Muhammad al-Shami al-Halabi, leader of the Ansar al-Aqeedah group, which is active in the Lattakia countryside Idlib, and Aleppo, was the governor of the Front of victory on Aleppo in 2014, and before the official Ahrar Cham in Aleppo and Deputy Abu Khaled Syrian one close to Osama bin Laden. Abu Omar al-Libi, wanted for the West, where we accompanied him in a battle and before, even his daily life with his family. (CREATOR OF AL BATAR BRIGADE) The story is accompanied by Abu Muhammad al-Shami, one of the most wanted Americans and the Syrian regime, for being the first Emi of foreign fighters who arrived in Syria in 2011. He was responsible for many of the leaders of the Islamic State Organization later, such as the Minister of War of the State Organization Abu Omar Al-Checheni, as well as his strong friendship with him, as well as Abu Ismail Al-Anbari. In addition to its strong relationship with the leaders of the army of immigrants and supporters such as Saifullah who was killed before 2014 in battles in Aleppo, as well as Salah al-Din al-Chechen and Abdul Karim Ukrainian before the overthrow in 2015. The story is also accompanied by Abu Mohammed and his close associates, in their play for football, and how to train, how they are fighting, how they are fighting on the fronts in Lattakia countryside, how to make weapons and missiles in an explosives factory, and how to make chemical weapons in a secret laboratory.

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Land of the Epics: Inside Islamist Re...
Damascus
By Yacine BenRabia
27 Jan 2018

This documentary in Syria is about a press trip among the rebel groups against Bashar Assad's regime, where the film tells the story of two important leaders in a combat group. We accompanied them in 2015, 2016 and 2017 from September to December 2017.

The two are Abu Muhammad al-Shami al-Halabi, leader of the Ansar al-Aqeedah group, which is active in the Lattakia countryside Idlib, and Aleppo, was the governor of the Front of victory on Aleppo in 2014, and before the official Ahrar Cham in Aleppo and Deputy Abu Khaled Syrian one close to Osama bin Laden.

Abu Omar al-Libi, wanted for the West, where we accompanied him in a battle and before, even his daily life with his family. (CREATOR OF AL BATAR BRIGADE)

The story is accompanied by Abu Muhammad al-Shami, one of the most wanted Americans and the Syrian regime, for being the first Emi of foreign fighters who arrived in Syria in 2011. He was responsible for many of the leaders of the Islamic State Organization later, such as the Minister of War of the State Organization Abu Omar Al-Checheni, as well as his strong friendship with him, as well as Abu Ismail Al-Anbari.

In addition to its strong relationship with the leaders of the army of immigrants and supporters such as Saifullah who was killed before 2014 in battles in Aleppo, as well as Salah al-Din al-Chechen and Abdul Karim Ukrainian before the overthrow in 2015.

The story is also accompanied by Abu Mohammed and his close associates, in their play for football, and how to train, how they are fighting, how they are fighting on the fronts in Lattakia countryside, how to make weapons and missiles in an explosives factory, and how to make chemical weapons in a secret laboratory.

How they plan to fight in partnership with other groups, as well as the humanitarian situation of the population inside Aleppo and the city of Idlib
Accompanied by an elderly woman to tell us the situation in the city and its tragedies, and near the headquarters of the Abu Group Mohammed al-Shami, was a very impressive humanitarian situation.

The story of a child who collects bread crumbs and what he can eat to help his parents under bombardment.
As well as escorting a fighter from the Abu Mohammed group to areas known to forcibly displace its population by the forces as well as our presence in the city of Aleppo.

The story of the film also includes Abu Muhammad's supervision of digging a tunnel 70 kilometers long, under the ground with help prisoners of the regular army, with statements and tales of how some of them were captured and regretted to fight their people, as well as overseeing the launch of aircraft Dron Tayyar, to monitor the Afghan militias fighting alongside the Syrian regime.

We can also see very strong bombing scenes of the fortifications of the Afghan, Iranian and Lebanese Shiites.
The viewer can follow the story of Abu Muhammad al-Shami's group with a soldier in the ranks of the regime, and negotiate with his father, an officer in the regime forces, to swap him with the prisoners of revolutionaries detained by the forces of Bashar al-Assad, but with the days of this prisoner embraces the radical Salafist revolution against the regime, but even in the factory of explosives and preparation of missiles, and shows his willingness to blow himself up against Regular forces, if they do this, can help free themselves from some of the oppression of Syrian urban dwellers.

After this we can follow up with Abu Mohammed al-Shami with another important person in the story is Abu Ali Flic, this person was prisoner and was replaced in negotiations between the rebels and the Syrian regime with the brother of the Grand Mufti of the Syrian Republic Ahmad Hassoun.
In the course of the story, Abu Mohammed leads us to their allies, but this time they are the Kurdish Islamists who are fighting the Biki Ki and Syria's democratic forces, and visit them in a village called the visit on the outskirts of the Kurdish majority Afrin region, secular system.

There we can see dialogues with the village choir, as well as accompany him to the school that changed the educational system to a legal system, with the inspection of the school library and the contents of books, and the dire situation of the educational departments.

In the same context, we follow a battalion of jihadist women who are fighting on the fronts, mastering the shooting with machine guns and shelling the sites of the Afghan Shiites. This battalion is only the wives and wives of Abu Muhammad and his close companions and guards.
Seeking and fighting with their children, for the sake of peace and patience.

AND a lot of interview with this jihadists women.

Abu Mohammed continues with officials of the Sharia court and prison, and we go to the area to photograph the court
The prison and how things are there, with a dialogue with a legitimate judge and a custodian, as well as two prisoners on charges of collaboration and communication with Shiite militias and regular Syrian forces, as well as another prisoner in a jihadi group.

Near our residence with Abu Muhammad, foreign planes bombard a location near a mosque in Adnan we go photograph the area, people under the rubble, some of them dead, the mosque destroyed, by chance the little son was somewhere else the bombardment, of the child's amazement when we ask him about his mother says OH MY MOTHER .... Today is the day of Eid ... Your son came to you a martyr.

We continue our march with Abu Muhammad this time to the countryside of Idlib, to a river related to the Euphrates River, a river Asi, in the border area of Darkush, where they play like young children, and are happy.

Not far from the area there are Christian villages. We visited the predominantly Christian town of Qana, where we visited the Church of the Brother Francis and Father Hanagalov, who spoke in Italian with us, talked about many topics such as their coexistence with Muslims, their position on the revolution and the Syrian regime, and their position on the state organization that dominated the region around and then their position on the Islamic groups and their position on the victory front that controlled the region, their position on the arbitration of Islamic law, as well as talking with Christian residents in the village about the real function of the Christian minority in the area controlled by the jihadists and the daily threats of bombing and killing by the jihadists.

We conclude the story by one of the officials of the groups under the command of Abu Muhammad al-Shami, to bid farewell his comrades, who appeared to us from time to time in every film, because he was about to wear an explosive belt, would blow him up against the Syrian regime soldiers.
Battle against one of their locations near the Air College.

In the end, we will see a group of jihadists talking and threatening the West and Europe to transfer their terrorist operations to it.

TURKEY
After that, we will photograph in Turkey borders and some refugees and a dialogue with Syrian political figures residing in Turkey.

FRANCE
France will then hold dialogues with the dean of the Paris mosque and the role of mosques in the fight against extremism and terrorism, as well as dialogues with representatives of the Jewish religion in Paris on the night of the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris.

LIBYA
After that, we will be represented in Tripoli, Misrata, Zintan, Sabrata and dialogues with strong figures in the Libyan government in 2016 and 2017, including the founder of Libyan intelligence after the Muammar al-Qaiafi regime in 2011, as well as the mayor of Sabrata and the jihadi groups arrested by the Egyptian authorities. Egyptians, which forced the Libyan government to negotiate and release their Emir known as Sheikh Abu Ubaida Zawi, his real name Shaaban gift.

We also have interviews with moderate scholars urging the international community to combat terrorism, Koranic schools in Misurata and dialogue with the deputy mayor of Misurata.

As well as a dialogue with the Chairman of the Committee for the Defense of the Displaced from Benghazi.
And attend the celebrations of the 17th anniversary of the start of the Libyan revolution.

We also have interviews with officials on how to simulate terrorism, the cause of terrorism in Libya, and depict what happened after the terrorist attack in which Zliten was attacked by the Islamic state in a suicide attack on the Libyan judicial police site.

Movie characters

SYRIAN
Abu Muhammad al-Shami, a former detainee in the political prison of the Syrian regime, for his activity with the groups
Before 2011, his friends, many of them Zahran Alloush, former commander of the Army of Islam, before his assassination, as well as Wali Abu Atheer brother of Abu Muhammad al-Fateh, who seized Bab al-Hawa in 2012.
Abu Muhammad al-Shami is one of the former leaders of the Ahrar al-Sham Brigades and Front of Nasra Front Aleppo. He is known for his moderation in religious and political issues.
Abu Omar al-Libi, founder of the Battar battalion, which includes the most fierce foreign fighters, mostly Libyans, Tunisians and Algerians, as well as Europeans of Arab origin. This battalion later became the spearhead of the organization of the Islamic state in its battle with the West or
The Kurds.
Abu Omar is one of the seven foreign nationals who came to Bensh and Idlib with Abu Omar al-Shishani, the war minister of the Islamic state in early 2011, and other foreigners.
Presented by the Emir of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a special meeting attended by the leaders of the Organization
The military official of the organization in northern Syria in 2013.
Abu Jamil, the Qur'an teacher of combat groups.
Abu Ali Falis, a field commander associated with Abu Muhammad al-Shami, was a prisoner of the Syrian regime and was exchanged with the brother of the Syrian mufti Ahmed Hassoun.
Hanna Galoff, a Christian priest and official at the Franciscan monastery of the Franciscans, in the town of El Qaneh in Jisr al-Shughour, adjacent to the poetry.

Abu Ismail al-Iraqi, head of intelligence in the organization of the Islamic state in northern Syria, and a relative of the leader of the Islamic State Organization Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Abu Abdullah al-Kurdi, leader of the Kurdish Islamic Group for the Organization of the Islamic State.

Abu Tawfiq in 2016, the general prince of the movement of Nur al-Din Zanki Islamik and Sheikh Ali. In 2012 he was an emir in the Tawhid Brigade in Mahfouz Governorate
Abu Abd al-Rahman Turki, Emir of the Islamic Group of Tawheed.
OTHERS PERSONNES …

Places where they were shot
Lattakia Mountains and its countryside.
City of Fryka. Lattakia countryside.
Kun Town. Bridge of vacancies.
Adnan. Northern Aleppo countryside.
City of Aleppo.
Lines of communication between the controlled neighborhoods between the Syrian regime and rebel groups.
Proximity to the air faculty.
Salah Eddin neighborhood. Central Aleppo.
Visit the tomb of the city of Afrin and the road of Rigga.
City of Idlib
Idleb, mountains

Turkey Istanbul
Capital Capital
Libya

The shooting period between 2015 and late June, ie the month 06, until May 2016, the month 05, sporadically, and from September 2017 to December 2017 intermittently.
Where the summer, winter and autumn periods continued in the investigation about 3 years.

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Land of the Epics: Inside Islamist Re...
Damascus
By Yacine BenRabia
27 Jan 2018

This documentary in Syria is about a press trip among the rebel groups against Bashar Assad's regime, where the film tells the story of two important leaders in a combat group. We accompanied them in 2015, 2016 and 2017 from September to December 2017.

The two are Abu Muhammad al-Shami al-Halabi, leader of the Ansar al-Aqeedah group, which is active in the Lattakia countryside Idlib, and Aleppo, was the governor of the Front of victory on Aleppo in 2014, and before the official Ahrar Cham in Aleppo and Deputy Abu Khaled Syrian one close to Osama bin Laden.

Abu Omar al-Libi, wanted for the West, where we accompanied him in a battle and before, even his daily life with his family. (CREATOR OF AL BATAR BRIGADE)

The story is accompanied by Abu Muhammad al-Shami, one of the most wanted Americans and the Syrian regime, for being the first Emi of foreign fighters who arrived in Syria in 2011. He was responsible for many of the leaders of the Islamic State Organization later, such as the Minister of War of the State Organization Abu Omar Al-Checheni, as well as his strong friendship with him, as well as Abu Ismail Al-Anbari.

In addition to its strong relationship with the leaders of the army of immigrants and supporters such as Saifullah who was killed before 2014 in battles in Aleppo, as well as Salah al-Din al-Chechen and Abdul Karim Ukrainian before the overthrow in 2015.

The story is also accompanied by Abu Mohammed and his close associates, in their play for football, and how to train, how they are fighting, how they are fighting on the fronts in Lattakia countryside, how to make weapons and missiles in an explosives factory, and how to make chemical weapons in a secret laboratory.

How they plan to fight in partnership with other groups, as well as the humanitarian situation of the population inside Aleppo and the city of Idlib
Accompanied by an elderly woman to tell us the situation in the city and its tragedies, and near the headquarters of the Abu Group Mohammed al-Shami, was a very impressive humanitarian situation.

The story of a child who collects bread crumbs and what he can eat to help his parents under bombardment.
As well as escorting a fighter from the Abu Mohammed group to areas known to forcibly displace its population by the forces as well as our presence in the city of Aleppo.

The story of the film also includes Abu Muhammad's supervision of digging a tunnel 70 kilometers long, under the ground with help prisoners of the regular army, with statements and tales of how some of them were captured and regretted to fight their people, as well as overseeing the launch of aircraft Dron Tayyar, to monitor the Afghan militias fighting alongside the Syrian regime.

We can also see very strong bombing scenes of the fortifications of the Afghan, Iranian and Lebanese Shiites.
The viewer can follow the story of Abu Muhammad al-Shami's group with a soldier in the ranks of the regime, and negotiate with his father, an officer in the regime forces, to swap him with the prisoners of revolutionaries detained by the forces of Bashar al-Assad, but with the days of this prisoner embraces the radical Salafist revolution against the regime, but even in the factory of explosives and preparation of missiles, and shows his willingness to blow himself up against Regular forces, if they do this, can help free themselves from some of the oppression of Syrian urban dwellers.

After this we can follow up with Abu Mohammed al-Shami with another important person in the story is Abu Ali Flic, this person was prisoner and was replaced in negotiations between the rebels and the Syrian regime with the brother of the Grand Mufti of the Syrian Republic Ahmad Hassoun.
In the course of the story, Abu Mohammed leads us to their allies, but this time they are the Kurdish Islamists who are fighting the Biki Ki and Syria's democratic forces, and visit them in a village called the visit on the outskirts of the Kurdish majority Afrin region, secular system.

There we can see dialogues with the village choir, as well as accompany him to the school that changed the educational system to a legal system, with the inspection of the school library and the contents of books, and the dire situation of the educational departments.

In the same context, we follow a battalion of jihadist women who are fighting on the fronts, mastering the shooting with machine guns and shelling the sites of the Afghan Shiites. This battalion is only the wives and wives of Abu Muhammad and his close companions and guards.
Seeking and fighting with their children, for the sake of peace and patience.

AND a lot of interview with this jihadists women.

Abu Mohammed continues with officials of the Sharia court and prison, and we go to the area to photograph the court
The prison and how things are there, with a dialogue with a legitimate judge and a custodian, as well as two prisoners on charges of collaboration and communication with Shiite militias and regular Syrian forces, as well as another prisoner in a jihadi group.

Near our residence with Abu Muhammad, foreign planes bombard a location near a mosque in Adnan we go photograph the area, people under the rubble, some of them dead, the mosque destroyed, by chance the little son was somewhere else the bombardment, of the child's amazement when we ask him about his mother says OH MY MOTHER .... Today is the day of Eid ... Your son came to you a martyr.

We continue our march with Abu Muhammad this time to the countryside of Idlib, to a river related to the Euphrates River, a river Asi, in the border area of Darkush, where they play like young children, and are happy.

Not far from the area there are Christian villages. We visited the predominantly Christian town of Qana, where we visited the Church of the Brother Francis and Father Hanagalov, who spoke in Italian with us, talked about many topics such as their coexistence with Muslims, their position on the revolution and the Syrian regime, and their position on the state organization that dominated the region around and then their position on the Islamic groups and their position on the victory front that controlled the region, their position on the arbitration of Islamic law, as well as talking with Christian residents in the village about the real function of the Christian minority in the area controlled by the jihadists and the daily threats of bombing and killing by the jihadists.

We conclude the story by one of the officials of the groups under the command of Abu Muhammad al-Shami, to bid farewell his comrades, who appeared to us from time to time in every film, because he was about to wear an explosive belt, would blow him up against the Syrian regime soldiers.
Battle against one of their locations near the Air College.

In the end, we will see a group of jihadists talking and threatening the West and Europe to transfer their terrorist operations to it.

TURKEY
After that, we will photograph in Turkey borders and some refugees and a dialogue with Syrian political figures residing in Turkey.

FRANCE
France will then hold dialogues with the dean of the Paris mosque and the role of mosques in the fight against extremism and terrorism, as well as dialogues with representatives of the Jewish religion in Paris on the night of the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris.

LIBYA
After that, we will be represented in Tripoli, Misrata, Zintan, Sabrata and dialogues with strong figures in the Libyan government in 2016 and 2017, including the founder of Libyan intelligence after the Muammar al-Qaiafi regime in 2011, as well as the mayor of Sabrata and the jihadi groups arrested by the Egyptian authorities. Egyptians, which forced the Libyan government to negotiate and release their Emir known as Sheikh Abu Ubaida Zawi, his real name Shaaban gift.

We also have interviews with moderate scholars urging the international community to combat terrorism, Koranic schools in Misurata and dialogue with the deputy mayor of Misurata.

As well as a dialogue with the Chairman of the Committee for the Defense of the Displaced from Benghazi.
And attend the celebrations of the 17th anniversary of the start of the Libyan revolution.

We also have interviews with officials on how to simulate terrorism, the cause of terrorism in Libya, and depict what happened after the terrorist attack in which Zliten was attacked by the Islamic state in a suicide attack on the Libyan judicial police site.

Movie characters

SYRIAN
Abu Muhammad al-Shami, a former detainee in the political prison of the Syrian regime, for his activity with the groups
Before 2011, his friends, many of them Zahran Alloush, former commander of the Army of Islam, before his assassination, as well as Wali Abu Atheer brother of Abu Muhammad al-Fateh, who seized Bab al-Hawa in 2012.
Abu Muhammad al-Shami is one of the former leaders of the Ahrar al-Sham Brigades and Front of Nasra Front Aleppo. He is known for his moderation in religious and political issues.
Abu Omar al-Libi, founder of the Battar battalion, which includes the most fierce foreign fighters, mostly Libyans, Tunisians and Algerians, as well as Europeans of Arab origin. This battalion later became the spearhead of the organization of the Islamic state in its battle with the West or
The Kurds.
Abu Omar is one of the seven foreign nationals who came to Bensh and Idlib with Abu Omar al-Shishani, the war minister of the Islamic state in early 2011, and other foreigners.
Presented by the Emir of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a special meeting attended by the leaders of the Organization
The military official of the organization in northern Syria in 2013.
Abu Jamil, the Qur'an teacher of combat groups.
Abu Ali Falis, a field commander associated with Abu Muhammad al-Shami, was a prisoner of the Syrian regime and was exchanged with the brother of the Syrian mufti Ahmed Hassoun.
Hanna Galoff, a Christian priest and official at the Franciscan monastery of the Franciscans, in the town of El Qaneh in Jisr al-Shughour, adjacent to the poetry.

Abu Ismail al-Iraqi, head of intelligence in the organization of the Islamic state in northern Syria, and a relative of the leader of the Islamic State Organization Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Abu Abdullah al-Kurdi, leader of the Kurdish Islamic Group for the Organization of the Islamic State.

Abu Tawfiq in 2016, the general prince of the movement of Nur al-Din Zanki Islamik and Sheikh Ali. In 2012 he was an emir in the Tawhid Brigade in Mahfouz Governorate
Abu Abd al-Rahman Turki, Emir of the Islamic Group of Tawheed.
OTHERS PERSONNES …

Places where they were shot
Lattakia Mountains and its countryside.
City of Fryka. Lattakia countryside.
Kun Town. Bridge of vacancies.
Adnan. Northern Aleppo countryside.
City of Aleppo.
Lines of communication between the controlled neighborhoods between the Syrian regime and rebel groups.
Proximity to the air faculty.
Salah Eddin neighborhood. Central Aleppo.
Visit the tomb of the city of Afrin and the road of Rigga.
City of Idlib
Idleb, mountains

Turkey Istanbul
Capital Capital
Libya

The shooting period between 2015 and late June, ie the month 06, until May 2016, the month 05, sporadically, and from September 2017 to December 2017 intermittently.
Where the summer, winter and autumn periods continued in the investigation about 3 years.

Frame 0004
Land of the Epics: Inside Islamist Re...
Idlib
By Yacine BenRabia
25 Jan 2018

This documentary in Syria is about a press trip among the rebel groups against Bashar Assad's regime, where the film tells the story of two important leaders in a combat group. We accompanied them in 2015, 2016 and 2017 from September to December 2017.

The two are Abu Muhammad al-Shami al-Halabi, leader of the Ansar al-Aqeedah group, which is active in the Lattakia countryside Idlib, and Aleppo, was the governor of the Front of victory on Aleppo in 2014, and before the official Ahrar Cham in Aleppo and Deputy Abu Khaled Syrian one close to Osama bin Laden.

Abu Omar al-Libi, wanted for the West, where we accompanied him in a battle and before, even his daily life with his family. (CREATOR OF AL BATAR BRIGADE)

The story is accompanied by Abu Muhammad al-Shami, one of the most wanted Americans and the Syrian regime, for being the first Emi of foreign fighters who arrived in Syria in 2011. He was responsible for many of the leaders of the Islamic State Organization later, such as the Minister of War of the State Organization Abu Omar Al-Checheni, as well as his strong friendship with him, as well as Abu Ismail Al-Anbari.

In addition to its strong relationship with the leaders of the army of immigrants and supporters such as Saifullah who was killed before 2014 in battles in Aleppo, as well as Salah al-Din al-Chechen and Abdul Karim Ukrainian before the overthrow in 2015.

The story is also accompanied by Abu Mohammed and his close associates, in their play for football, and how to train, how they are fighting, how they are fighting on the fronts in Lattakia countryside, how to make weapons and missiles in an explosives factory, and how to make chemical weapons in a secret laboratory.

How they plan to fight in partnership with other groups, as well as the humanitarian situation of the population inside Aleppo and the city of Idlib
Accompanied by an elderly woman to tell us the situation in the city and its tragedies, and near the headquarters of the Abu Group Mohammed al-Shami, was a very impressive humanitarian situation.

The story of a child who collects bread crumbs and what he can eat to help his parents under bombardment.
As well as escorting a fighter from the Abu Mohammed group to areas known to forcibly displace its population by the forces as well as our presence in the city of Aleppo.

The story of the film also includes Abu Muhammad's supervision of digging a tunnel 70 kilometers long, under the ground with help prisoners of the regular army, with statements and tales of how some of them were captured and regretted to fight their people, as well as overseeing the launch of aircraft Dron Tayyar, to monitor the Afghan militias fighting alongside the Syrian regime.

We can also see very strong bombing scenes of the fortifications of the Afghan, Iranian and Lebanese Shiites.
The viewer can follow the story of Abu Muhammad al-Shami's group with a soldier in the ranks of the regime, and negotiate with his father, an officer in the regime forces, to swap him with the prisoners of revolutionaries detained by the forces of Bashar al-Assad, but with the days of this prisoner embraces the radical Salafist revolution against the regime, but even in the factory of explosives and preparation of missiles, and shows his willingness to blow himself up against Regular forces, if they do this, can help free themselves from some of the oppression of Syrian urban dwellers.

After this we can follow up with Abu Mohammed al-Shami with another important person in the story is Abu Ali Flic, this person was prisoner and was replaced in negotiations between the rebels and the Syrian regime with the brother of the Grand Mufti of the Syrian Republic Ahmad Hassoun.
In the course of the story, Abu Mohammed leads us to their allies, but this time they are the Kurdish Islamists who are fighting the Biki Ki and Syria's democratic forces, and visit them in a village called the visit on the outskirts of the Kurdish majority Afrin region, secular system.

There we can see dialogues with the village choir, as well as accompany him to the school that changed the educational system to a legal system, with the inspection of the school library and the contents of books, and the dire situation of the educational departments.

In the same context, we follow a battalion of jihadist women who are fighting on the fronts, mastering the shooting with machine guns and shelling the sites of the Afghan Shiites. This battalion is only the wives and wives of Abu Muhammad and his close companions and guards.
Seeking and fighting with their children, for the sake of peace and patience.

AND a lot of interview with this jihadists women.

Abu Mohammed continues with officials of the Sharia court and prison, and we go to the area to photograph the court
The prison and how things are there, with a dialogue with a legitimate judge and a custodian, as well as two prisoners on charges of collaboration and communication with Shiite militias and regular Syrian forces, as well as another prisoner in a jihadi group.

Near our residence with Abu Muhammad, foreign planes bombard a location near a mosque in Adnan we go photograph the area, people under the rubble, some of them dead, the mosque destroyed, by chance the little son was somewhere else the bombardment, of the child's amazement when we ask him about his mother says OH MY MOTHER .... Today is the day of Eid ... Your son came to you a martyr.

We continue our march with Abu Muhammad this time to the countryside of Idlib, to a river related to the Euphrates River, a river Asi, in the border area of Darkush, where they play like young children, and are happy.

Not far from the area there are Christian villages. We visited the predominantly Christian town of Qana, where we visited the Church of the Brother Francis and Father Hanagalov, who spoke in Italian with us, talked about many topics such as their coexistence with Muslims, their position on the revolution and the Syrian regime, and their position on the state organization that dominated the region around and then their position on the Islamic groups and their position on the victory front that controlled the region, their position on the arbitration of Islamic law, as well as talking with Christian residents in the village about the real function of the Christian minority in the area controlled by the jihadists and the daily threats of bombing and killing by the jihadists.

We conclude the story by one of the officials of the groups under the command of Abu Muhammad al-Shami, to bid farewell his comrades, who appeared to us from time to time in every film, because he was about to wear an explosive belt, would blow him up against the Syrian regime soldiers.
Battle against one of their locations near the Air College.

In the end, we will see a group of jihadists talking and threatening the West and Europe to transfer their terrorist operations to it.

TURKEY
After that, we will photograph in Turkey borders and some refugees and a dialogue with Syrian political figures residing in Turkey.

FRANCE
France will then hold dialogues with the dean of the Paris mosque and the role of mosques in the fight against extremism and terrorism, as well as dialogues with representatives of the Jewish religion in Paris on the night of the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris.

LIBYA
After that, we will be represented in Tripoli, Misrata, Zintan, Sabrata and dialogues with strong figures in the Libyan government in 2016 and 2017, including the founder of Libyan intelligence after the Muammar al-Qaiafi regime in 2011, as well as the mayor of Sabrata and the jihadi groups arrested by the Egyptian authorities. Egyptians, which forced the Libyan government to negotiate and release their Emir known as Sheikh Abu Ubaida Zawi, his real name Shaaban gift.

We also have interviews with moderate scholars urging the international community to combat terrorism, Koranic schools in Misurata and dialogue with the deputy mayor of Misurata.

As well as a dialogue with the Chairman of the Committee for the Defense of the Displaced from Benghazi.
And attend the celebrations of the 17th anniversary of the start of the Libyan revolution.

We also have interviews with officials on how to simulate terrorism, the cause of terrorism in Libya, and depict what happened after the terrorist attack in which Zliten was attacked by the Islamic state in a suicide attack on the Libyan judicial police site.

Movie characters

SYRIAN
Abu Muhammad al-Shami, a former detainee in the political prison of the Syrian regime, for his activity with the groups
Before 2011, his friends, many of them Zahran Alloush, former commander of the Army of Islam, before his assassination, as well as Wali Abu Atheer brother of Abu Muhammad al-Fateh, who seized Bab al-Hawa in 2012.
Abu Muhammad al-Shami is one of the former leaders of the Ahrar al-Sham Brigades and Front of Nasra Front Aleppo. He is known for his moderation in religious and political issues.
Abu Omar al-Libi, founder of the Battar battalion, which includes the most fierce foreign fighters, mostly Libyans, Tunisians and Algerians, as well as Europeans of Arab origin. This battalion later became the spearhead of the organization of the Islamic state in its battle with the West or
The Kurds.
Abu Omar is one of the seven foreign nationals who came to Bensh and Idlib with Abu Omar al-Shishani, the war minister of the Islamic state in early 2011, and other foreigners.
Presented by the Emir of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a special meeting attended by the leaders of the Organization
The military official of the organization in northern Syria in 2013.
Abu Jamil, the Qur'an teacher of combat groups.
Abu Ali Falis, a field commander associated with Abu Muhammad al-Shami, was a prisoner of the Syrian regime and was exchanged with the brother of the Syrian mufti Ahmed Hassoun.
Hanna Galoff, a Christian priest and official at the Franciscan monastery of the Franciscans, in the town of El Qaneh in Jisr al-Shughour, adjacent to the poetry.

Abu Ismail al-Iraqi, head of intelligence in the organization of the Islamic state in northern Syria, and a relative of the leader of the Islamic State Organization Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Abu Abdullah al-Kurdi, leader of the Kurdish Islamic Group for the Organization of the Islamic State.

Abu Tawfiq in 2016, the general prince of the movement of Nur al-Din Zanki Islamik and Sheikh Ali. In 2012 he was an emir in the Tawhid Brigade in Mahfouz Governorate
Abu Abd al-Rahman Turki, Emir of the Islamic Group of Tawheed.
OTHERS PERSONNES …

Places where they were shot
Lattakia Mountains and its countryside.
City of Fryka. Lattakia countryside.
Kun Town. Bridge of vacancies.
Adnan. Northern Aleppo countryside.
City of Aleppo.
Lines of communication between the controlled neighborhoods between the Syrian regime and rebel groups.
Proximity to the air faculty.
Salah Eddin neighborhood. Central Aleppo.
Visit the tomb of the city of Afrin and the road of Rigga.
City of Idlib
Idleb, mountains

Turkey Istanbul
Capital Capital
Libya

The shooting period between 2015 and late June, ie the month 06, until May 2016, the month 05, sporadically, and from September 2017 to December 2017 intermittently.
Where the summer, winter and autumn periods continued in the investigation about 3 years.

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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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The Undercover Woman in the 'Islamic ...
Raqqa
By Ahmad Mogharbel
15 Mar 2014

Spring 2014
Raqqa, Syria

This interview is a step-by-step account of the making of rare and exclusive footage of life inside Raqqa. In September 2014, her story went viral and captured the attention of the world.

Raghad, the courageous and defiant young activist woman who secretly shot the footage, explains how and why she risked certain death to capture the images of her hometown. She describes in detail her fears and ultimately her determination to tell the story of her city now under the secretive rule of the Islamic State.

Transcript:

00:00 – 00:50
I was following the news about Raqqa on the Internet and Facebook pages. In January [2014], after New Year’s Eve, all Facebook pages were talking about a war – Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham were fighting against the Islamic State. These problems lasted for about a week and people were banned from leaving their homes during that period. At the end, the Islamic State controlled Raqqa province completely. The day this happened, I felt that I should return to Raqqa.
00:51 – 01:17

Buying a niqab was a personal initiative. I knew a little bit how to hold a headscarf. I had never tried to wear [the niqab], not even jokingly. But I put it on and left the house.
Since I didn’t how to wear the niqab before, I went to a store and asked the owner to train me to put it on.

01:18 – 01:38
[On my way to Raqqa] I was thinking that I was about to see with my bare eyes everything that I had heard about. And because media and filming in Raqqa were banned and journalists were not allowed TO WORK there, anyone who is caught with a camera would definitely be executed.
01:40 – 02:03
It was very dangerous but I had this positive energy and I wanted to take advantage of it at the right time, especially that during the liberation period, before the Islamic State took over Raqqa, there was nothing that I could do, while everyone was trying to do something.
02:08 – 03:05
I bought a camera, a small one… I bought the camera and I started thinking of something to film.
But I was also hearing about the crime of working as a journalist – about what would happen to journalists. They do not want the true picture to come out; they just want people outside of Raqqa to be terrorized by the stories they hear but not to be able to see anything. I brought my small purse and I made a hole to precisely fit the camera’s lens and I decorated it with some accessories to hide it – and then I headed to Raqqa.
03:06 – 03:26 As soon as I left the house, the first thing that caught my eye was a signboard that advertised for niqab. I cannot remember the exact phrase; it was something like “We salute you, woman wearing the niqab.”
03:27 – 03:50 I kept walking -- the first thing that shocked me was the preaching office [it used to be a church and] the cross was demolished, the flag of the Islamic State was raised over it and the outside wall was painted black. I knew then that [the building] was turned into something called a “preaching office.”
03:51 – 04:21
I walked by the headquarters, and then I headed to the checkpoint and filmed it. This checkpoint was very dangerous – for a bike to pass through it had to be ridden by an Islamic State member. I guess God helped me and made it possible that they didn’t see me. For me, it was the most dangerous spot in the world. It was like the Bermuda triangle – whoever walks by would probably not make home. But thank God, I was able to get away.
04:22 – 05:26
I went back home, and the next day I went to an Internet café. My only purpose was to use the Internet in order to talk with some people.
The minute I sat in front of a computer, a mujahida – a female Islamic State member – headed towards me. She was Tunisian. I could not understand half of what she said; what I was able to understand was: “Would it be OK if you left the computer?” There wasn’t any other available computer. [The women] were in a group of about four or five.
I asked her: “Why?” I had only been sitting there for 10 minutes. She said: “Because I am a mujahida, I cannot leave my house at anytime and I am busy. You could leave the computer for me for about half an hour or an hour and then I will give it back to you.” I said: “Okay.”
I left the computer for her and went back home, then I brought the camera and returned.
05:30 – 06:11
I couldn’t understand what [the women] were saying. I tried to chat with them. I talked to the same woman who asked me to give her the computer. I asked her where she was from, she said: “God knows. I am from the country of the Muslims.” They are strange.
I talked to another woman, but she did not answer me. I addressed her so many times, but she did not talk to me at all. They have a problem COMMUNICATING with civilians. They are very careful. I really don’t know why. Time after time, I tried to talk to them and ask them why they came to Raqqa but they didn’t give me answer.
06:12 – 06:52
A French woman was the only one who answered my questions at the Internet café. I asked her: “Where are you from?” She answered: “I am from France.” So I asked: “Are you originally French?” She said: “Yes, I am from France and I lived in France.” I asked her: “What are you doing here?” She said: “I came here to fight Bashar [al-Assad] and the Free Syrian Army.” She went on, saying: “In a couple of days my 13-year-old daughter will get married and then I will be ready to blow myself up. Pray for me to become a martyr.”
06:53- 07:38
When I finished the first day of filming I went home to see the footage. There were things that I didn’t feel when I was on the ground. As I told you, I was somewhat nervous. I was concentrating on filming and getting a clear footage.
When I went back home, whenever I saw a scene in the video I would remember something specific. I saw fear. People’s looks showed they were lost. Nobody knew what was happening. What they knew was that there were decisions being made that they had to implement – they didn’t know where they were heading. Fear was terrible. Children, adults, and people in the MARKET, people queuing in front of bakeries – people everywhere were scared.
07:39 – 08:12
Girls wear a veil if they were of the age of 12 or above.
[At school], there were classrooms for girls and other ones for boys. Even during the recess… the playground would be available for 10 minutes for boys and another 10 minutes for girls. Art and music classes were also cancelled, and the [Islamic State] canceled the most important thing [the students] were working on, which is the capoeira project. It was over. 08:13 – 09:14
I once saw two Islamic State members – a woman, and someone who appeared to be her husband. Of course, she was a carrying a weapon.
Only women who were members of armed battalions could carry weapons.
I looked at them from a distance and saw a little child who was less than one year old. Both his mother and father were carrying weapons. When I saw this, I thought to myself: “What will this child become when he grows up?”
They went into a park and I followed them. They sat down, and I sat across from them – the minute I sat down I saw a religious police car inside the park. In the car, there was a man a woman – a member of the women’s battalion.
09:15- 10:09
I was still sitting, and the man started talking to me from a distance. I swear to God that I was wearing the niqab according to the strict Islamic manner. I was also wearing the abaya [a black cloak].
He said: “Do you think that the way you look is appropriate for going out?”
I walked up to him and the camera was still on. I told said to him: “I didn’t understand what you’re saying.” He said: “Do you think that the way you look is appropriate for going out?”
I said: “I am sorry, maybe I didn’t PAY attention to the pay I looked.”… I did not try to argue with him out of fear of the unknown – of what could happen to me – I was also scared because I was carrying a camera… I had heard about what happened to the woman who argued [with the religious police about the niqab]… He was Saudi.

10:10 – 10:35
The second time I had more courage. I knew how to move around, and where [Islamic State] members were concentrated. I also had in mind what was missing to have a complete picture [of the situation]. I had a “WORK plan,” as the saying goes. I had things in mind that I wanted to do.

10:36 – 11:52

Sometimes when I would go into a shop, I would find a mujahid [Islamic State fighter] with his wife… In the last phase of filming – this was about 20 days after I went [to Raqqa] – the presence of [Islamic State fighters] on the streets changed significantly. It was extremely heavy.
Maybe you’ve noticed in the previous videos; I would walk in the streets, and could barely see one or two of them. As I told you, I had to go to their headquarters to record their presence in the city. In the last phase, their presence was very noticeable. They moved in columns -- groups of about 10,15 or 20 people – and would go into shops. Fighters with their wives and children would go into stores to shop. They would buy things and PAY in cash, straight away, without any bargaining.
For example, I once went into a small mall – it is more like a supermarket – I found some of them filling up their shopping carts with every kind of delicious food.
11:53 – 12:18
About their salaries, I know that an immigrant fighter would get paid 1,200 US dollars [a month]. If his wife would be paid the same amount, or a bit less, they could afford an extremely comfortable life. Immigrant fighters have high salaries. Syrian fighters are paid 400 dollars. I’m certain of this INFORMATION.
12:19 – 12:37
The reason I was able to film freely is because I am a girl. Had they stared at me, they could have seen [the lens]. If someone wanted to be wily he could have discovered the camera; it was not very hidden.
12:40 – 13:25
Once, I was walking and a woman bumped her hand into me. The purse and camera fell from me.
I was often terrified of being caught. But I only felt scared when I walked by members of the women’s battalion. They would not search me, but they could inspect me more [than men would] – they could look more at my appearance and what I was carrying.
As I told you, if there was a battalion of male fighters or security members on the street, then I would not be very scared, to be honest. Sometimes I would walk closely behind them to film them and even try to record their voices.
13:26 – 14:10
I want to convey the [real] picture about the situation. I want to offer something to my raped city. Raqqa was violated and I still had not seen anything on the ground. I wanted to see with my own eyes and film [life in Raqqa]. When I would later sit on my own, I wanted to see the psychological impact [of what the Islamic Sate was doing].
While I was walking in the street and filming, I was scared. I could not concentrate 100 percent on what was happening around me. When I went back home and saw the footage, I was extremely depressed.