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Norwegian Father and Son Fight ISIS w...
Unnamed Road, Karbala 56001, Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
02 Feb 2015

Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS together in Shiite militia in Iraq

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Norwegian Father and Son Fight ISIS T...
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

January 29, 2015
Karbala, Iraq

Former Iraqi army Commander Abass al-Assadi fled to Norway and became a citizen in 1991 following the popular revolution against Saddam Hussein. In 2013 he returned to Syria with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and “protect Shiite shrines.”His daughter was killed in an artillery strike.
After the call to jihad by the Shiite spiritual leader Ali al-Sistani in 2014, Abass returned with his family to Iraq to fight ISIS. His sons began training with the Shiite militia. The video shows one of them, 14 year-old Hussein, with his father in a training camp in western Karbala. Abass and other Iranian and Iraqi Shiite officers are teaching Iraqi volunteers urban warfare and combat drills. Hussein calls all young European Shiite Muslims to join the fight against the "Islamic State".

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Abbas al-Assadi
01:58 – 03:45
I was part of the opposition against Saddam Hussein. I participated in the 1991 uprising. After that, I moved to Saudi Arabia and from there to Norway. I obtained the Norwegian citizenship, and I came here after I heard the call of the marjaeia [Ayatollah Ali Sistani] to participate in jihad and obtain material benefit… no, sorry I meant gains in the afterword. This will grant us honor in life and after death and strengthen our sense of jihad. God willing, we shall all be soldiers who serve the marjaeia and the Iraqi people.
Q: As you know, the European Union has imposed sanctions on Europeans of foreign origins who conspire with ISIS. Do you not fear that this measure will also affect the members of the Popular Crowd [Shiite militia loyal to Ayatollah Ali Sistani]?

No, the Popular Crowd has nothing to do with Europe. I am fulfilling the call of the marjaeia, which represents me. European countries would be happy that I am fighting against ISIS. If they have an agreement with ISIS, that would be something else. We came to fulfil the call of the marjaeia and exterminate ISIS members wherever they were in Iraq. I am not concerned with any sanctions.
My children and I have Iraqi citizenship and I am not ashamed of being Iraqi. I am originally Iraqi and I shall remain Iraqi.
Q: What is your name?
Abbas al-Assad; Abu Ali.
Q: Abbas, you have brought your son from Norway.
He would gain experience and learn in the future… Q: Are you not scared for his safety?
I am not scared for his, mine or my family’s safety… All of Iraq is in the same situation. I am not worried about individuals. Everybody, including my family, would be sacrificed for the sake of the Marjaia [spiritual leader] and the honorable Iraqi people.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Hussein Abbas al-Assadi, Child soldier
03:47
Q: What is your name, dear?
Hussein Abbas.
Q: Why are you here?
I am practicing jihad.
Q: what do you think about Norway and Iraq?
They are nice, but Iraq is better.
Q: Are you not afraid of ISIS?
No.
Father: We have just come here after finishing a battle. It was fulfilment of the marjaeia’s call. I have two other children. My daughter was martyred in Syria, when ISIS bombarded the town of Nubbul.
Q (addressed to boy): Are you willing to take part in a battle?
Boy: Yes.
Q: Why?
Boy: I want to fulfill the call of the Marjaia [spiritual leader].
[Unseen man]: …and to protect the Iraqi people. Boy: and to protect the Iraqi people.
Q: Are you not scared of death?
Boy: No.
Q: You are Norwegian and had a comfortable life [in Norway], where there is a good economy and safety. You came to Iraq, where there are plenty of ISIS members. Are you not scared of this?
Boy: No. Q: Why?
Boy: I am fulfilling the call of the Marjaia [spiritual leader].
[Unseen man]: … and you have resolution. Boy: … I have courage.
Q: What would you say to your friends in Europe? How did you find the situation? Is there safety? Terrorism? Were you afraid? How did people welcome you?
(Boy smiles and remains quiet) Q: Talk to me…
Father: Tell him, my son, that we are here among our family and people, and the Iraqi people are all our family.
Q: Do not pay attention to the camera. Talk to me.
Boy: It was better that we came here to be our people. The Iraqi people are our family.
Q:Do you advise others in Europe to come and fight against ISIS?
Boy: They should fight against ISIS and defend the holy shrines and protect their people.
Q: Did you quit school?
Boy: Yes.
Q: What is your name?
Boy: Hussein Abbas Assadi.

06:08 – 06:39
Boy: I want to fulfill the call of the Marjaia [spiritual leader] and protect the holy shrines.
Q: You seem so young. Why did you come here?
Boy: I came with my father.
Q: Are you not afraid of ISIS?
Boy: No, I am not.
Q: Have you taken part in battles?
Boy: Yes, in Jaruf al-Sakhr and Fadlia and Buhairat.
Q: You went there?
Boy: Yes, I did.
Q: What do you think about the fighting?
(Boy smiles) Q: What do you say to young men of your age in Europe?
Boy: They should come to fight against ISIS.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man), Abu Khaled, officer in Popular Crowd
06:58 – 07:14
Today, he will head to the firing practice field to train using live ammunition. This is in preparation for a future duty, the liberation of the remaining occupied areas of Salahuddine.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Abu Jaafar, Shiite cleric
07:26 – 08:02
These young mujahidin they came to fulfill the call of the Marjaia [spiritual leader] led by ayatollah Sayyed Ali Sistani. God willing, the students of the hawza (institute for cleric formation) shall be with them on the battle fronts. We will be at the barricades before them. We will support their religious morale. We also give them religious lessons.

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In Memory of the Heaven's Hundred 1
Kiev, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
26 Feb 2014

A mother and her son at the Heaven's Hundred memorial in Kiev.

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Another Sky: An Uruguayan journey 26
Montevideo, Uruguay
By Francesco Pistilli
05 Feb 2014

Women escaping domestic violence, drug addiction and crime in a shelter and rehab center in Montevideo make dust rags. Domestic violence is widespread across Latin America including in this small, mostly rural country with an average of 68 reports of gender based violence made daily in Montevideo.

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Another Sky: An Uruguayan journey 27
Montevideo, Uruguay
By Francesco Pistilli
05 Feb 2014

Stella, 32, comes from the Uruguayan countryside (Tacuarembo area). She and her autistic son were beaten and abused by her husband for 4 years. Since her husband was jailed for attempting to kill her, Stella lives with her son in a shelter for women escaping violence and addiction.

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Another Sky: An Uruguayan journey 28
Maldonado, Uruguay
By Francesco Pistilli
26 Jan 2014

Franco (18) and Helena Maria (2) came from poor rural families to be adopted by Daniel M. (52) and Walter MA (38), activists in the LGBT community who have been adopting underprivileged children at the biological parents' behest.

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Another Sky: An Uruguayan journey 29
Maldonado, Uruguay
By Francesco Pistilli
26 Jan 2014

Daniel M. (52) and Walter MA (38) have the biggest homosexual family in Latin America. After 20 years as a couple, they have adopted four children: Franco, Mayara, Maria Pia and Helena Maria. The children arrived from poor families where they couldn't survive. In these last 20 years, desperate mothers have asked to Walter and Daniel to adopt their children. "They're not Desaparecidos!" Daniel says, "they have constant contact with their biological families". Daniel and Walter have been active in the LGBT community in Latin America for 25 years. Today, adoption by same-sex couples is legal in 16 countries, including Uruguay.

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Life Along The Railway (18 of 34)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

A woman is sleeping with her son inside one of the makeshift homes next to the railroad tracks.

Space is scarce in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s vibrant capital. So is money. An estimated number of more than 10 million people live in Dhaka, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Poor neighborhoods, by western definitions called slums, are continuously growing. The space next to railway tracks has long been occupied by numerous makeshift homes.

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Daily Life - Poverty & Homelessness (...
Yenagoa, Bayelsa, Nigeria
By Tife Owolabi
15 Jun 2013

35 year old Maria Johnson with her son sit by the door at an uncompleted building where they are living since they could not afford paying one.

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Life In The Graves - La Vie Dans Les ...
Shanshrah, Idlib province, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

This woman holds the jacket of her dead son while he was fighting against the regime with the FSA. Her four sons, all fighters, died fighting the regime.

Cette femme tient le blouson de son fils mort au combat aux cotés de l’armée syrienne libre. Ses quatre fils, tous combattants contre le régime sont décédés.

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Day of the Dead vigil for slain teenager
Nogales, Sonora
By ST McNeil
02 Nov 2012

Araceli Rodriguez leads a protest march on Day of the Dead along the US/Mexico border demanding justice for the brutal murder of her son by American security personnel (Nov. 2, 2012, Nogales, Sonora).

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Father of Palestinian Man Killed by L...
Beirut, Lebanon
By U.S. Editor
23 Oct 2012

Hundreds of mourners attended on Tuesday, October 23, the funeral procession a young Palestinian man who was killed on Monday by Lebanese army troops in Beirut’s Qasqas area.

Mourners chanted slogans and fired in the air during the funeral procession.

The young man, Ahmad Qouwayder, was buried in the Sabra refugee camp near Qasqas neighborhood.

The father of the late young man demands retaliation for his son, calling on the Lebanese President to get him the right of his son from those who killed him.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Father of the young Palestinian man killed by the Lebanese Army:
“I want retaliation for the blood of my son from the army, and I am a follower of the law not above the law. I say to the President and the whole world that I want to avenge the blood of my son. I want retaliation no matter how; whether through the law or without the law, I want it.”

According to a statement released by the military, an army soldier killed a young Palestinian man after the man and his brother opened fire on an army patrol near Beirut’s Qasqas area.

The incident comes amid heightened tension in Lebanon following the assassination of Lebanese intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan who was killed on Friday in a massive car explosion that rocked the Beirut area of Ashrafyeh, leaving seven others dead and over a hundred wounded.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 23, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: October 23, 2012
Length: 0:0:57
Video Size: 47.0 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

1- Various shots of the dead body during the process of washing and shrouding
2- Tilt up shot of the father of the young man killed by the Lebanese Army troops
3- Various shots of mourners waiting for the funeral
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Father of the young Palestinian man killed by the Lebanese Army:
“I want retaliation for the blood of my son from the army, and I am a follower of the law not above the law. I say to the President and the whole world that I want to avenge the blood of my son. I want retaliation no matter how; whether through the law or without the law, I want it.” 5- Various shots of mourners carrying the coffin of the man during the funeral, shouting “There is no God but Allah”
6- Various shots of mourners during the funeral, shouting “Allah is the greatest” while gunfire is heard in the background
7- Wide shot of men shooing fire during the funeral

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Women in Syria, Kilis Camp
Azaz, Syria
By AnnaThereseDay
02 Oct 2012

Organizers cross the border into "Free Syria" in order to deliver aid to those Syrians stuck outside of Turkey. This family of women describe the murder of their son and the destruction of their home.

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Women in Syria
Kilis, Turkey
By AnnaThereseDay
02 Oct 2012

Syrian women meet with us outside the Kilis refugee camp to discuss the death of their son, a 17-year-old FSA fighter

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Women in Syria
Kilis, Turkey
By AnnaThereseDay
02 Oct 2012

Syrian women meet with us outside the Kilis refugee camp to discuss the death of their son, a 17-year-old FSA fighter.

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Women in Syria
Kilis, Turkey
By AnnaThereseDay
26 Sep 2012

Syrian women meet with us outside the Kilis refugee camp to discuss the death of their son, a 17-year-old FSA fighter

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A woman and her son walk towards the ...
Azaz, Syria,
By Ms_R
14 Sep 2012

It's estimated that around 10,000 (some estimates touch as high as 17,000) refugees are currently trapped on the Syrian border, waiting to get into Turkey. Many refugees have been waiting there for up to three weeks, in squalid conditions.

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Uganda_HIV
Gayaza
By Tadej Znidarcic
20 May 2012

Jacquelyne Mugenyi, HIV positive mother, plays with her son Mutumba Alpha in the backyard of their home in Gayaza, Uganda.

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Mourning Death of Sons
Taftanaz, Syria
By Rachel Beth Anderson
29 Apr 2012

Taftanaz, Syria
Mourning the death of their two sons who were members of the FSA and killed by government forces.

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Mourning Death of Sons
Taftanaz, Syria
By Rachel Beth Anderson
29 Apr 2012

Taftanaz, Syria
Mourning the death of their two sons who were members of the FSA and killed by government forces.

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Father and Son in Tahrir
Cairo, Egypt
By randoshka2000
29 Jan 2012

Cairo, January 27, 2012
A child and his father protesting in Tahrir SQ.

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Man Speaks Out To Mubarak Supporters ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
10 Jan 2012

January 10, 2012 - Cairo

Outside Mubarak's trial, a family member of a martyr protests against Mubarak's supporters, calling them "thugs," and corrupt for taking money.

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Standing in Silence
Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
10 Jan 2012

Cairo, January 10, 2012
Mubarak's trial, outside the court.
A mother shows photos of her martyred son,
Arafa Ahmed Mohamed.

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Mother Calls for Justice
Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
10 Jan 2012

January 10, 2012 - Cairo

Hassan Muhamed Ahmed's mother calls for justice outside of Mubarak's trial. 20-year-old Hassan Muhamed Ahmed was killed during the revolution in Alexandria. His mom says he took care of her and his sick brother .

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Burning Mubarak's Photo
Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
10 Jan 2012

January 10, 2012 - Cairo

Outside Mubarak's trial, a family member of a martyr protests against the killings by burning his photo in the newspaper. The man also voices against recent words by the Interior Minister who said, "the police officers will shoot the thugs."

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Protesters At The Trial, Chanting: Re...
Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
10 Jan 2012

Cairo, January 10, 2012

Outside Mubarak's trial, protesters chant alongside a mother whose son was shot and killed in Alexandria on January 25, 2011. They chant for retribution, saying,

"I hear the martyr's mother say: Tantawi, who is responsible," "I hear the martyr's mother say: the Interior [Minister] killed my son, the army killed my son."

"I swear on your blood..new revolution again. Martyr rest in peace and wait for us at the paradise's gate,
Martyr rest in peace we'll continue struggle."

"Just go tell the Killers: Revenge between us and you for ever. Blood for blood, bullet for bullet, we ask for retribution."
"Retribution, retribution, they killed our brothers by bullet, they gave martyrs as a gift to the sniper."

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A Mother Cries Out in Front of Mubara...
Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
10 Jan 2012

Cairo, January 10, 2012
During the Mubarak trial a mother carries her son's photo and explains how he was shot in Alexandria on January 25, 2011. Her sign is titled, "The Martyrs of January 25th."

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Martyr's Mother
Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
10 Jan 2012

Cairo, January 10, 2012
Outside Mubarak's trial, the mother of a martyr stands with photos of her son, Hassan Mahmoud Ahmed.

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Martyr's Mother: They Are Acting, The...
Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
10 Jan 2012

January 10, 2012 - Cairo

The mother of 26-year-old Hamdy Abd-Ela'aty Abd-Elmagied, who was shot on January 25, 2011, in Alexandria, protests Mubarak's trial for being a facade. This is her third time attending the trial.
She said, "I feel every thing is dark in front of me, I can't see anything because there is no justice. When Mubarak and his men are tried for what they did I will see the light, and I can say my son went to his God and it's OK."
She added, "There is no trial, they are acting."

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Standing With His Photo
Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
10 Jan 2012

Cairo, January 10, 2012
Mubarak's trial, outside the court.
A martyr's mother, carrying his photo and explaining how he was shot in Alexandria 0n January 25, 2011.

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X Addicts
Oxford, UK
By Kirk Ellingham
01 Aug 2010

The Ley Community is a drug rehabilitation centre in Yarnton, Oxfordshire.
They help men and women build new lives after addiction to drugs and alcohol.

I grew up in and around the south London area. At the age of 16 I started smoking crack cocaine and getting more into crime. I was hanging around with people a lot older than me, in big groups fighting a lot and committing a lot of crime, getting into a lot of trouble. Back then it was all about who was the maddest and who was the baddest.

I grew up around a lot of drugs and violence and back then I thought that was what it was all about, being the big hard man. This led me to spend a lot of my life in prison from the age of 16. When I was out there involved in all the madness I didn't care about anyone or anything, I was a mess. Through all this my partner, who I met when I was 16, stuck by me. I was being very violent, drinking too much all the time.

When I was 20 my son was born and I was in prison at the time and that hurt me but it was down to my own stupidity. I came out and tried to stay off drugs but I couldn't do it and in the end my partner left me and took my son and I went off and ended up in prison on a robbery charge looking at a few years locked up again. I'd just had enough of the lifestyle, the drugs and spending all my life locked up. I spoke to a drugs worker in the prison and they said what about a rehab. I thought I would give it a go. I went to court and the judge sent me here.

Coming to the Ley was strange after spending so much time in prison and putting on the hard man act all that time. Everyone here was so nice to me, kind, caring and helpful. I've been here a while and I'm getting used to things and learning a lot about myself, the real me. When you look at the people at the end of the programme you see the benefits and if you put in the work you will get there. I'm rebuilding my relationship with my partner of seven years who has never used drugs and my son who is three years old now.

Now I'm looking forward to the future and being a good father and having a good life, a clean life. I know here I will learn what I need to live that life, I'm done with my old life, I now see it was nothing but crap but I now know my future will be good. My family and people that know me and even I can see a change in me and it's a good change. I would say to anyone that really wants to sort their life out that this is the place.

At times it is not easy but it’s what we need. My future is now about getting a job and a nice little place to live, once I have done this programme, and being a proper family with my partner and my son and living a drug and crime free life. Just being happy and grateful for the things I've got and being a good father and to make sure my son doesn't go down the road I did. I grew up without my father but I'm now getting my life back and my son will grow up with his father there for him and I'm really happy I've got this chance to get my life together.