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Wherever They Are, We Are
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
19 Jun 2015

The image of the masked protestor, with their fiery eyes and fist in the air is one of the most iconic images in popular culture. This character has become romanticized, demonized, idolized, and oftentimes misunderstood. The upheaval that has taken place around the world, especially in the last four years, has both reinforced and broken this stereotype.

But who are those who take to the streets? Why do they do it? What do they want?

A procession of women in Nigeria, marching together with placards reading “Bring Back Our Girls”, has a considerably different tone than the charged clashes between riot police and anarchists in Greece. A candlelight vigil held by journalists in Lebanon in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo does not have the same risk of deadly violence as villagers and farmers confronting trigger-happy gunmen in Syria. And a group of concerned citizens voicing their discontent with the privatization of a public beach does not have the same high social and political stakes as those trying to overthrow an authoritarian regime.

However, despite vast differences in context and situation, those who take to the streets often share a common drive to stand up for ideas they believe in. For many, there is a common belief that by taking to the streets and making their voices public, they can influence change in their world.

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Airstrikes, Clashes Wreak More Destru...
Al-Buraiqa, Aden
By Dhaifallah Homran
18 May 2015

Aden, Yemen
May 18, 2015

Video shows buildings and cars in the Aden neighborhood of al-Buraiqa damaged by airstrikes conducted by the Saudi-led coalition and clashes on the ground between Houthi fighters and rival militiamen.

Gunshots resulting from clashes between Houthi militias and fighters supporting President Abed Rabbu Hadi Mansour can be heard.

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Wide/ zoom out of building with southern Yemeni flag hoisted above it. NAT Sound: Quranic recitation broadcast through loudspeakers
Wide of fighters loyal to President Hadi running amid the rubble
Various of damaged and cars
Wide of military vehicle that belongs to fighters loyal to President Hadi
Various of damaged and cars

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Fighters Loyal to President Hadi Clas...
Al-Buraiqa, Aden
By Dhaifallah Homran
17 May 2015

Video shows militiamen loyal to President Abed Rabbu Hadi Mansour in the Aden neighborhood of al-Buraiqa shooting at Houthi fighters. A wounded fighter is shown while receiving treatment inside a parked ambulance.

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Syrian Soldiers Surrounded by Nusra F...
Jisr al-Shughour, Syria
By Abdu al-Fadel
11 May 2015

Jisr al-Shughour, Syria
May 11, 2015

More than 200 Syrian government fighters, possibly including high ranking officers, are believed to have been besieged in the government hospital complex in the town of Jisr al-Shughour for more than two weeks. This is one of the few locations where Syrian regime forces still exist in Idlib province. Syrian government forces have failed to break the siege despite several airstrikes and ground operations.

This video offers an inside look at positions held by the Nusra Front within the wrecked hospital complex, which has become a battlefield. Rebel fighters control three of the hospital's four main buildings.

Rebel military commanders speculated in interviews that high ranking Syrian, Iranian and Russian military officers, as well as the governor of Idlib might be caught in the remaining building.

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Wide of building where Syrian government troops are hiding

Medium of Nusra Front fighter behind sandbags

Close-up of rifle tip

Various inside blood bank building held by Nusra Front

Various of destroyed buildings

Various inside the blood bank building

Wide of building held by regime forces

Various of Nusra Front fighters

Interview with Abu Zain al-Abidin, Nusra Front commander

Various of Abu Zain al-Abdidin with other Nusra Front fighters

Interview with unnamed Nusra Front fighter

Various of a room that was used as a detention center by regime forces

Interview with unnamed Nusra Front fighter

Close-up of graffiti written by regime fighters

Various of Nusra Front fighters attempting to approach regime-held building

Various of wrecked cars and killed regime fighters’ corpses

Medium of tank

Interview with Abu Omar al-Zaybaq, a Nusra Front commander

Various of regime-held building

Close-up of empty bullet casings

Various of Nusra Front fighters shooting at regime-held building

Wide of regime-held building

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SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Abu Zain al-Abidin , Nusra Front Commander
(02:10 – 03:53)

02:10
“In the name of God, peace be upon God’s Messenger, and thanks be to God. We are inside Jisr al-Shughour Hospital. Over there is the hospital’s main gate; here is the external clinics building behind me. This is the external clinics building. We are now in the hospital’s surrounding.
Q: We heard that high ranking officers from regime forces are inside the hospital. What kind of information do you have about this? And what is the approximate number of people inside the hospital, which you are now besieging?
A: The estimated number of people is 250. There might be high ranking personalities or the governor [of Idlib province]. There might be important personalities.
Q: In reaction, what did the regime do to break the siege and how did you manage to push back the regime forces?
A: It [the regime] is using all sorts of weapons, such as warplanes; it is trying with all sorts of weapons, but, thanks be to God, we are prepared to confront it. We shall retaliate with sophisticated and modern means. The regime will witness surprises in the next few hours.

03:26
We enforced a security perimeter with a radius of about five to six km and they could not withdraw. If they were able to withdraw they would have done it. Some of them withdrew but the others could not.
Our attack, thanks be to God, was very fast and we were able to enforce the siege unexpectedly. The perimeter we enforced on them was large. They were not able to withdraw. If they could withdraw they would have done it.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed Nusra Front Fighter
04:17 – 04:53
“We are now at the external clinics building in the National Hospital of Jisr al-Shughour. The infidel enemy is located in that building, which is a few meters away. We are now closing down on them with the help of God Almighty.
God willing, we will storm the building with explosive-rigged cars the likes of which the regime has not seen.
The men we have brought to fight you love death as much as you love life. We have brought migrant as well as local fighters. Thanks be to God.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed Nusra Front Fighter
(05:17 – 05:54) “This is not a prison. This is supposed to be a hospital. However, God’s enemy turned this into a cell to detain Muslims. Unfortunately, look how Muslims draw on the walls. May God help us. [UNINTELLIGIBLE] Prisoners had no knives or weapons and were placed in the second floor underground. May God help us; may God help us. God willing, we have come to cut your throats.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Abu Omar al-Zaybaq
(07:26 – 08:40)

07:26
“In the name of God, In the course of the hospital battle, thank be to God we are besieging [regime members] from all sides. Thanks be to God, we have controlled the three [main] buildings. There are one more building and the basement left.
God willing, we will soon be inside the basement where Assad’s gangs are located, which is where secrets are kept.

08:01
Q: What are these secrets? What is it that enabled people besieged in a single building to hold on?
A: God knows better, but it is said that the regime is so ferocious in trying to keep this hospital. God knows better, there might be high ranking officers, who could be Iranians or Russians. There could also be chemical weapons.
In the next few days we will bring you new information.”

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Shiite 'Ali al-Akbar Brigade' in Acti...
Baiji, Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
02 May 2015

Baiji, Iraq
May 2, 2015

Video shows fighters from the Shiite Ali al-Akbar Brigde militia firing different sorts of weapons against positions held by ISIS near Baiji, Iraq. The footage also includes shots taken with a camera attached to a fighter's body.

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SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Qassem Musleh, Commander of Ali al-Akbar Brigade, part of the Popular Mobilization military umbrella group

02:55- 05:00

“After we started scouting deep territories held by the enemy, we are entering these territories to know the enemy’s military formations and weapons. The latest information we have received was that there is a large number of foreign fighters in this area. Baiji area has practically fallen militarily and we have surrounded the enemy in these areas, which are in the range of our fire. These areas are Maleha, Baiji and what is known here as Mazraa Watwan.
Thanks be to God, several of their vehicles have been burnt and a bridge, which was their only outlet and provision line, has been controlled. Last night we managed to… before that we were able to enter the area of Mazraa, which was the most dangerous area. It was one of their training posts and fortified strongholds.
We were able to infiltrate and discover what the enemy had. However, we were scared of the booby traps they had set up. Today, thanks be to God, the engineering corps advanced with excavation vehicles and opened the road. We were able to march ahead and hit the fence surrounding the orchard, which was a real obstacle that they considered unreachable. Thanks be to God, we managed to break the first wall that surrounded the orchard and infiltrated that territory with a large number of snipers and light vehicles. We managed to strike the enemy and inflict heavy losses on it.
Thanks be to God, we managed to subdue them, but we were also supported by artillery shelling and airstrikes, which is why were able to reach this point without suffering any significant losses.”

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Popular Mobilization Forces in Baiji
Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
02 May 2015

Video shows fighters from the Popular Mobilization Iraqi Shiite militias on the battlefront against ISIS in Baiji.

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Street Clashes in Taiz, Yemen
Taiz
By Dhaifallah Homran
26 Apr 2015

Taiz, Yemen
April 26, 2015

Video shows clashes on the streets of Taiz, about 300 km south of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Houthi fighters, backed by Yemeni army units, used rifles and armored personnel carriers to confront militiamen loyal to President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

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Wide of fighter loyal to President Hadi firing sniper rifle
Wide of fighter loyal to President Hadi taking cover
Wide of armored personnel carrier and Houti fighters
Moving shot of Houthi fighters and pro-Houthi Yemeni soldiers on the street
Wide Houthi fighters manoeuvring pickup truck
Wide of armored personnel carrier firing heavy machine gun

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Iraqi Government Forces Clash with IS...
Al-Anbar
By mushtaq mohammed
16 Apr 2015

Ramadi, Iraq
April 16, 2015

Video shows Iraqi government forces searching vacant buildings in the outskirts of Ramadi as intermittent gunshots are heard in the background.

Iraqi Army forces, backed by Sunni tribal fighters, came into contact with ISIS militants near Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's largest province, Anbar.

ISIS militants launched a large offensive on Wednesday, April 15 and were able to seize the villages of Sjariyah, Albu-Ghanim and Soufiya, which had previously been under government control. Local residents fear that ISIS will be able to reach Ramadi. ISIS insurgents are now about 100Km away from Anbar’s Ain Al-Asad air base, where hundreds of US and coalition forces train Iraqi troops.

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Civilians Flee Shooting in Mualla Nea...
Mualla, Yemen
By Amged Sabeeh
09 Apr 2015

Mualla, Yemen
April 9, 2015

Video shows civilians fleeing gunshots in a peripheral street of the city of Mualla near Aden, south Yemen. According to a Transterra Media contributor, Houthi fighters shot at people who were trying to rescue a family stuck in an apartment, which had been hit by a mortar shell.
Popular Committees fighters loyal to President Abd Rabbu Hadi Mansour control central Mualla while Houthi fighters are trying to push their way into the city.

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Clashes as Houthis Advance on Aden
Aden
By Dhaifallah Homran
25 Mar 2015

Aden, Yemen
March 25, 2015

Militants loyal to President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi clash in Aden on March 25, 2015 with Houthi-allied units of the army, supported by heavily armed Houthi fighters.

Parts of Aden are still under the control loyalist militias, however Houthi forces are making gains in some parts of the city.

A large number of people on Wednesday, March 25 morning reportedly tried to storm into a Yemeni army base in order to obtain weapons and clashed with forces loyal to President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Hadi is said to have fled Aden as Houthi rebels advanced on the city after unidentified warplanes hit positions located near his residence. His whereabouts are unknown since fleeing the capital Sanaa to Aden, where Houthi fighters placed him under house arrest.

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Disarray as Houthis Advance on Aden
Aden
By Mohammed Attab
25 Mar 2015

Aden, Yemen
March 25, 2015

Video shows civilians running on the streets in Aden, south Yemen as heavy gunshots are heard. Houthi fighter and combatants loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, which are allied to the Houthis, also appear manoeuvring military vehicles.
A large number of people on Wednesday, March 25 morning reportedly tried to storm into a Yemeni army base in order to obtain weapons and clashed with forces loyal to President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Hadi is said to have fled Aden as Houthi rebels advanced on the city after unidentified warplanes hit positions located near his residence. Hadi’s whereabouts are unknown.
Hadi had fled the capital Sanaa to Aden, where Houthi fighters placed him under house arrest.

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Taiz Residents Protest Houthi Takeover
Taiz, Yemen
By Dhaifallah Homran
23 Mar 2015

Residents of Taiz, Yemen's third largest city, held a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Special Security Forces, a state security agency that recently fell into the arms of Houthi militants, to protest the takeover of their city by said rebels. Security forces loyal to the Houthi rebels dispersed the protesters with tear gas bombs and by firing live bullets into the air.

According to local residents, Houthi Shiite rebels took over the military airport and several neighborhoods in the city on 22 March.

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Kabul Police Chief Faces Press At Att...
Kabul, Afghanistan
By johnjournalist
25 May 2013

Kabul Police Chief Mohammed Ayub Salingi faces press at the site of a major battle with the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan. May 2013.

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Afghan Security Force Soldier With RPG
Kabul, Afghanistan
By johnjournalist
24 May 2013

An Afghan Security Forces officer stands ready with a rocket grenade at the site of a major battle with the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan. May 2013.

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Insurgents battle with Afghan Securit...
Kabul, Afghanistan
By U.S. Editor
24 May 2013

Raw footage and photos from a major battle with the Taliban in Kabul. Afghan forces fought for six hours with insurgents after they assaulted and besieged a building in the centre of Kabul. The insurgent attack was preceded by a very large explosion, believed to be a car bomb, and more intense gunfire. The firefight raged into the night with multiple explosions believed to be rocket propelled grenades fired by both Afghan security forces and insurgents.

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Egypt: Clashes in 2013 / Election Cam...
Cairo
By May Kamel
17 Jan 2013

0:00 - 0:50 :: May 19, 2014
Election campaigning in the streets.

0:51 - 6:27 :: Friday, January 18, 2013
Ultras Ahlaway

6:27 - 19:26 :: Friday, January 25, 2013
Revolution Memorial 2013 and the clashes on that day .

19:26 - 29:31 :: Monday, January 28, 2013
Clashes between police and demonstrators around Cornish el Nile, burning police vehicles.

29:32 - 33:11 :: Friday, February 1, 2013
People take to the streets against the Muslim Brotherhood and police.

33:12 - 35:50 :: Friday, February 8, 2013
Demonstrators march to Tahrir Square in Talat Harab St.

35:51 - 36.29 :: Friday, March 22, 2013
Clashes in erupt in the el Mokatam district of Cairo between Muslim Brotherhood members supported by police and anti-Morsi demonstrators.

36:30 - 45:41 :: Friday, April 19, 2013
The last day of fighting Tahrir Square between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and anti-government demonstrators.

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Editor's Picks 17 September 2012
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
16 Sep 2012

Nasrallah appears in public to encourage protests against the controversial film insulting Islam that sparked protests throughout Muslim communities worldwide.

New UN Arab League Envoy returns from Syria and meets with the Arab League Chief in Cairo.

Busses and rails provided only the minimal services as employees went on strike in protest against wage cuts and budget reforms.

Lake Katwe salt mine is a source of livelihood to over three thousand people who earn about five dollars a day, laboring in the hyper-saline environment that leaches moisture from their bodies, exposing them to toxic chemicals and creating severe health complications.

Footage from in front of the US Embassay in Yemen where protesters rallied against the film by burning flags, breaking windows and setting fire in the embassy, until security forces pushed them back with gunfire and water trucks.

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Pacification (6 of 23)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
By Rafael Fabres
15 Feb 2012

UPP soldier Annunciacçâo reacts to the distant sound of a gunshot by taking out his gun in the shatytown of Sao Carlos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 07, 2012.