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YPG and FSA Fighters on the Outskirts...
Tal Abiyad, Syria
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Kurdish Army and Free Syrian Army fighters gather on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad while the battle to wrestle the frontier town from ISIS remains underway. The offensive launched by the fighting groups was eventually successful with anti-ISIS forces taking full control of the town. 

Tal Abiyad was a strategic conduit for supplies going to the Islamic State Group's self-declared capital of Raqqa. By capturing the town, YPG and FSA forces dealt a strategic blow to ISIS' hold on northereastern Syria 

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Free Syrian Army fighters, who coordinated the offensive with the Kurdish YPG, pray beside a river in the vicinity of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Free Syrian Army fighters patrol the areas around Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Fighters relax against a combat embankment on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Kurdish YPG fighters with an improvised armored vehicle on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Female Kurdish YPG fighters relax on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Male and Female Kurdish YPG fighters gather on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Fighters keep watch of the area in the vicinity of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

A female Kurdish YPG fighters watches the battle of Tal Abiyad unfold in the distance.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

An anti-ISIS fighter photographs a destroyed ISIS sign on a road on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Kurdish YPG fighters pose for a photo on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Broken Syria 1
By Steven Wassenaar
12 Mar 2014

FSA fighter (Liwa Al-Tawhid brigade), Khaleel Ebrahim - 23 years - came to Turkey to rest after weeks of fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). He fought against ISIS in Jarabulus and Aleppo. His brigade, the Liwa al-Tawhid, is one of most famous in Aleppo and counts 12,000 fighters and organizes its own medical services (Tawhid Medical Foundation) in Turkey.

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Syria
By Steven Wassenaar
31 Jan 2014

Member of the brigade Liwa Al-Tawhid, wounded during combat with ISIS in Aleppo, illegally crosses the border near Kilis between Syria and Turkey, aided by smugglers and a comrade. He is to be taken care off by the Tawhid Medical Foundation based in Gaziantep and Kilis, Turkey, where he will receive medical care in a Turkish hospital. He will recover in a secret apartment of the Liwa Al-Tawhid brigade before returning to Syria. His brigade - Liwa al-Tawhid - is one of most famous in Aleppo and counts 12,000 fighters and organizes its own medical services (Tawhid Medical Foundation) in Turkey.

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Syria
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2014

An ambulance crosses the Turkish border to take a person who was wounded in Aleppo to a Turkish hospital in Kilis. The organization of the evacuation of wounded Syrians is largely the work of the Liwa Al-Tawhid brigade which set up its own medical services (Medical Foundation Tawhid) in Turkey.

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Syria
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2014

Member of the brigade Liwa Al-Tawhid, wounded during combat with ISIS in Aleppo, illegally crosses the border near Kilis between Syria and Turkey, aided by smugglers and a comrade. He is to be taken care off by the Tawhid Medical Foundation based in Gaziantep and Kilis, Turkey where he will receive medical care in a Turkish hospital. He will recover in a secret apartment of the Liwa Al-Tawhid brigade before returning to Syria. His brigade, Liwa al-Tawhid, is one of most famous in Aleppo and counts 12,000 fighters and organizes its own medical services (Tawhid Medical Foundation) in Turkey.

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Broken Syria 2
By Steven Wassenaar
27 Jan 2014

Khaleel Ebrahim, 23, is an FSA fighter (Liwa Al-Tawhid brigade). He came to Turkey to rest after weeks of fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). He fought against ISIS in Jarabulus and Aleppo. His brigade, Liwa al-Tawhid, is one of most famous in Aleppo and counts 12,000 fighters and organizes its own medical services (Tawhid Medical Foundation) in Turkey.

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Bab Al Salameh IDP Camp
Bab El-Salameh IDP Camp, Syria
By zackbaddorf
23 Aug 2013

LEAD: As the US prepares to strike targets inside Syria, the people of Syria are preparing for a US response. Reporter Zack Baddorf, with Transterra Media, went to an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Syria to speak to some Syrians about their response to the attack and what they want the international community to do.

STORY:

Sameer Idris prepares tea outside her tent in the Bab al Salameh Internally Displaced Persons Camp. She’s been living here, alongside about 11,000 other Syrians, for about four months. She says she and her family had no choice but to flee her home in Marea, north of Aleppo.

SAMEER: “My house was bombed. Cluster bombs were dropped near my house. Machine guns shot up my house, opening a hole in the wall. We don’t have money. We’re afraid.”

After hearing about the chemical attacks in Damascus, this mother of five said she worries that the President Bashar al Assad’s regime will use chemical weapons on the camp. She called on the United States to act.

SAMEER: “Now we know Bashar al Assad has used chemical weapons. I expect Obama to act. He has to do something now,” “We ask the international community to do something about this situation, to support the opposition, to do something against the regime. Bashar al Assad has a lot of money now so he can go to any country and live like a prince.”

To make some extra money, Sameer, who was a saleswoman back home, repairs other Syrians’ clothing using her hand-operated sewing machine.

Although, she insists she will stay in Syria, other Syrians are now leaving the country -- out of fear of more chemical attacks.

At the Syrian-Turkish border crossing, Mustafa Husain and his sons sit with a few boxes and bags -- their worldly possessions -- as they prepared to cross into Turkey to go live in a refugee camp there. They were previously living in the Bab al Salameh camp.

HUSAIN: “We came to Bab al Salameh because of shelling in our home areas but it wasn’t safe here either. There was shelling. The kids were afraid. Some people were injured and a woman was killed inside the camp,”

When they heard about the chemical attacks, Husain had enough.

HUSAIN: “The regime used chemicals in Damascus and elsewhere and they can do it in the Bab al Salameh camp, too.”

Back in the camp, Said Mermet walks home to his tent. He’s a border guard with the Free Syrian Army. He thinks Assad is destroying the country, especially after he heard about the chemical attacks in Damascus.

He called on Western countries to support the FSA.

MERMET: “Of course, we don’t expect them to fight for us,“ “We are responsible for our country, we can defend our country, we can free the regime.”

Mermet said that Kalishnikovs, sniper weapons and other small weapons can’t do the job. The rebels need bigger, better weapons.

MERMET: “The FSA will do the rest. We will finish Bashar al Assad.” [This quote comes from within the last clip of Mermet]

For Transterra Media, I’m Zack Baddorf, Bab al Salameh Internally Displaced Persons Camp, Syria.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
20 Jun 2013

Kurdish YPG fighters at a position on the edge of Tal Abiyad.

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Ankara Protest (22 of 30)
Ankara, Turkey
By Amy Hume
02 Jun 2013

What started as a protest to save Gezi Park, in Istanbul, has turned into countrywide protests. In Turkey's capital city, Ankara, peaceful protestors were met with tear gas and water cannon. The protests have now escalated into a call for PM Tayyip Erdoğan to step down from power.

A woman provides milk, a counteractive, for people effected by tear gas.

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Displaced Syrians Brace For Winter's ...
Idlib, Syria
By U.S. Editor
14 Dec 2012

Displaced Syrians brace for winter’s onslaught.

There are nearly two million internally displaced people who are stuck inside Syria with no place to go. Cold and afraid, most say they want desperately want to cross into Turkey. But Turkey has refused to accept them citing overcrowding. Qah camp is inside Syria close to the Turkish border. It was founded three months ago and is now has 520 tents. More families arrive every day, many from Hass—a town 85 kilometers southwest of Aleppo. The population, mainly women, children and the elderly, has swelled to 3600 since it was established three months ago.

About 450,000 Syrians live in camps in neighboring countries including over 137,000 in Turkey. But for an estimated two million internally displaced people remain in Syria, in danger and living in very difficult conditions.

Two new refugee camps are being constructed in Turkey, ostensibly to accommodate those stuck at the border. But for the people whose homes have been destroyed, family members killed, villages abandoned, it’s a race against time, weather and war.

Just two weeks ago regime forces dropped bombs nearby, creating a panic as people ran desperately for the Turkish border. No deaths were reported, but the situation remains tense. “Six missiles hit this village and [nearby] Atmeh,” reported Hassan, 35, a former police officer who has joined the FSA and lives with his family in the camp.

Since winter began more than a month ago, the region has experienced many days of torrential rains. Water leaks into the tents, wetting blankets, mattresses and rugs. At night, temperatures sometimes drop below freezing. “From inside the tents, you can hear the children crying,” says Mustafa, a 22 year-old former chef and military sergeant who fled with nine members of his family.

A doctor working with Medicins du Monde who preferred not to be identified said that he has seen many cases of respiratory problems and say that about 30% of the camp’s residents suffer from diarrhea as a result of unclean drinking water. Hepatitis A is also spreading rapidly at the camp. And it’s only December—the toughest winter months are still ahead.

-Jodi Hilton

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Idlib, Syria
By Editor's Picks
14 Dec 2012

Syrian Refugees in Qah, and other small settlements across the border regions of Syria face dismal living conditions, made worse by the onset of winter. With torrential rain, and temperatures that regularly drop below freezing, the refugees suffer from a lack of adequate provisions to feed their families and protect them from the elements.
Health issues are on the rise due to overcrowding and the absence of proper sanitation and clean drinking water, causing widespread outbreaks of Hepatitis A and dysentery.