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Leaked Footage from ISIS Defector
Deir Ez Zour
By Transterra Editor
06 Jan 2015

This video collection offers a unique and unauthorized glimpse into the activities of ISIS in Syria. It features meetings led by a high-ranking official of ISIS who attempts to convince clan leaders in a Syrian village to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State. The video also includes scenes of ISIS fighters in military situations and relaxing.

NOTE: The video clips in this collection were obtained by Transterra Media from a source who received it from a member of ISIS who defected from the group. According to the source the videos were recorded in the town of Zir and other locations in Syria between January and June, 2014. Transterra Media cannot independently verify the accuracy of this content. The appearance of this video on the Transterra Media (TTM) website does not in any way constitute endorsement by TTM of any claims or statements made in the video.

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ISIS Execution in Deir Ezzor
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By Transterra Editor
05 Dec 2014

Deir Ezzor Province, Syria

December 5, 2014

This video shows a man’s public execution carried out by ISIS in the province of Deir Ezzor.

According to the verdict read by an ISIS fighter before the execution, Mohammad Mousa al-Jasem confessed to stepping on the Quran during a quarrel with his parents.
The man was executed because “he stepped on the Quran, not because he hit his mother,” the fighter says to bystanders.

Shot List

  1. Various of public execution.

2 .SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Unnamed ISIS fighter with covered face reading execution verdict

“He stepped on God’s Book [the Quran]. He took a knife and wanted to slip his mother’s throat. God’s verdict [has been taken] by the Islamic Court. The so-called Mohammad Mousa al-Jassem confessed that, [during] a quarrel with his mother and father, he beat them and tried to kill [his mother] by placing a knife on her throat.

“She held God’s Book to deter him, but he took the Book, threw it and stepped on it and cursed God almighty.

“We shall implement God’s verdict, not because he beat his mother, but because he stepped on God’s Book.

[reading a verse from the Quran] And if you ask them, they will surely say, “‘We were only conversing and playing. Say, ‘Is it Allah and His verses and His Messenger that you were mocking?’

“‘Make no excuse; you have disbelieved after your belief. If We pardon one faction of you - We will punish another faction because they were criminals.’”

[Another fighter addresses man to be executed]

“Ask God almighty for forgiveness, you have gravely sinned! Ask God for forgiveness! Testify [that there is no God but Allah and that Mohammad is His Messenger].”

[A fighter shoots the man with a pistol in the head amid shouts “God is greatest!” and shooting in the air.]

“The State of Islam shall remain! The state of Islam shall remain! This is the destiny of each apostate!”

3 Wide of man’s body being tied to a fence.

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Indoctrination by ISIS: Deir ez Zour,...
Deir Ez-Zour
By abd alkareem
29 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.

This footage was shot by a contributor who obtained approval from the ISIS media center to shoot video in the city. This footage was reviewed and approved by ISIS before it was delivered.

This is a highlight reel. A full 36:46 minutes of footage is available and provides more depth and detail.

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 the final version of the video.

Shot List

00:00 – 00:12

A close up shot shows a billboard that reads: “The Islamic State congratulates the people of Mayadeen city for the establishment of the Islamic caliphate.”

The camera zooms out to show cars and motorcycles driving by an ISIS checkpoint below the billboard.

00:13- 00:22

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.

00:23 – 00:27

A close up shot shows an ISIS flag; the camera zooms out to show form below a fighter wearing desert camouflage fatigues standing to it.

01:17 – 01:25

An ISIS fighter recites the call for prayer. The fighter’s surrounding is pixilated.

01:26 – 01:36

Fighters pray inside a small room with the ISIS flag hanging on the wall.

01:37 – 01:46

Fighters drive around the town in a patrol car. Some of them have their faces covered. Two women wearing the niqab walk past the car.

02:28 – 02:51

A night shot shows an audience watching an ISIS propaganda film. 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.

02:52 – 03:18

In the same location, 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?”

03:19 – 03:24

In the same location, a close up shot shows one of the teenagers in the audience and the camera then zooms out to show a larger part of the crowd.

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!”

Interviews

00:28 – 00:37

(A fighter with Southeast Asian features is standing among other fighters who have similar features; classical Arabic with a heavy accent).

“This is a malicious crusader campaign waged by America against the beloved Islamic State.”

00:38 – 00:49

(A fighter sitting in a patrol car; Arabic)

“If they have America and Russia and the infidel powers on their side, we have God on ours. Anyone with a mind should think about this: Who will overcome, God almighty or America and its allies?”

00:50 – 01:07

(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].”

01:08 – 01:16
(A young boy sitting on the sidewalk; Arabic)

“My brother was sitting there and the warplane bombed… First we did not know what it really was.”

01:47 – 02:28

(A fighter holding a Kalashnikov rifle sitting next to another fighter; Arabic with a North African accent)

“They believe that 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. We are 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.”

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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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ISIS Frontline Fighting: Deir ez-Zur,...
Deir ez Zur
By Abo-abd-alrahman
19 Oct 2014

October 18, 2014
Deir al-Zur, Syria

Video of ISIS fighters on the frontline in an ongoing battle against Syrian Government forces for control of the al-Huweija area south-east of Deir al-Zur.

Soundbites
(00:52) put your head down so you will not get shot.

(01:16) for God and the people, Allahu Akbar, we will fight them.

(01:31) we are comfortable thank God, because we are going to die as martyrs

(01:56) the heroes (rebels) are fighting the regime forces who are desperately trying to access al-Huweija area. (02:11)

(02:28) our brothers are there.

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Fighter Jet Spotted Over Deir Ez Zour...
al-Mayadeen
By TTM Contributor 4
25 Sep 2014

September 26, 2014
Al-Mayadeen, Deir Ez Zour Province, Syria

Footage shows what local residents believe to be a US-led coalition fighter jet in the sky over the town of al-Mayadeen, near Deir Ez Zour in eastern Syria. Footage also shows smoke rising on the horizon from what local residents believe to be an airstrike
in the same area. Local residents have also reported seeing up to twelve reconnaissance flights overhead today.

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IS Abandons Deir Ez Zour Headquarters...
Deir Ez Zour
By Abo-abd-alrahman
24 Sep 2014

September 24, 2014
Deir Ez Zour, Syria

Photos show the abandoned headquarters of ISIS on al-Intilak st. in central Deir Ez Zour. The militants left the building, which was originally used by a consumer organization known as al-Qabban, for fear of them being targeted by international air strikes. However, ISIS still has control over the city and their religious police drive around the area enforcing sharia law by monitoring dress codes, making sure shops are closed at prayer times, and enforcing a smoking ban, among other things. The video also shows a former research center also used by IS and now abandoned.

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IS Abandons Deir Ez Zour Headquarters
Deir Ez Zour
By Abo-abd-alrahman
24 Sep 2014

September 24, 2014
Deir Ez Zour, Syria

Video shows the abandoned headquarters of ISIS on al-Intilak st. in central Deir Ez Zour. The militants left the building, which was originally used by a consumer organization known as al-Qabban, for fear of them being targeted by Western air strikes. However, ISIS still has control over the city and their religious police drive around the area enforcing sharia law by monitoring dress codes, making sure shops are closed at prayer times, and enforcing a smoking ban, among other things. The video also shows a former research center also used by IS and now abandoned.

Shot List:

various shots show the consumer institution from the outside

various shots show the logo of the Islamic State on one of the walls of the organization's building

Footage of ISIS car (al-Hisba) making rounds in al-Takaya street, telling people how to commit to the Shari'a.

various shots show the research center from the outside

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IS Held Deir Ez Zour Discusses Impend...
Deir Ez Zour
By Abo-abd-alrahman
23 Sep 2014

September 19-21, 2014
Deir Ez Zour, Syria

Citizens in IS held Deir Ez Zour discuss the impending US strikes. Included are vox pops with a local woman and an IS fighter.

Sound Bite 1: Jamal, Nurse

Interviewer:

"What is your opinion concerning the international air strikes and the countries contributing in the strikes?"

Jamal: "It will have a negative effect on the Arabs and the Islamic state, we are an Islamic state built on the basis of Quran and Sunna, so if the strikes were from the west, they will rise problems for the Islamic state."

Interviewer: How is your spirit and your preparations?

Jamal: "Our spirit is positive and we are insisting to deliver our message and we do not doubt the abilities of the fighters."

Interviewer: "Is there a fear that the Islamic State will lose some of the areas it controls after the strike?"

Jamal: "We do not fear this movement, it is a zionist movement against the Islamic State. We do not approve of this issue because we are Muslims."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power after 40 countries have announced that they will contribute in the air strikes?"

Jamal: "The power we have is the support of God, no power exceeds the power of God. We insist on this method, the method of Islam."

Sound Bite 2: Khaled, Fighter:

"There will be battles, and those air strikes will not change anything. My opinion is that those air strikes will not affect us at all."

Sound Bite 3: Abu Abdullah:

"America remains the enemy of Islam and Muslims, and those who support America is the enemy of Islam and Muslims. All Muslims are against those strikes and we will stand against them."

Sound Bite 4: Abu Mohammad:

Interviewer: "How is your spirit and preparations?"

Abu Mohammad: "Well our spirit is very positive because we have the support of God and he will help the Muslims win. He will help our brothers in the Islamic State."

Interviewer: "Do you fear that the Islamic state will stop expanding after the strikes?"

Abu Mohammad: "I do not think so, they have a very positive spirit. When we sit with some of the brothers we notice their positive spirit and their commitment to expand."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of powers since over 40 countries agreed to contribute in the strike?"

Abu Mohammad: "They have the power when it comes to planes, but on the ground they cannot beat our fighters. God will help them."

Sound Bite 5: Mohammad, owner of electronics shop:

Interviewer: "What is your opinion about the international strikes against the Islamic state, and the countries that are contributing [to the strikes]?"

Mohammad: "My Muslim brother, concerning the upcoming American strikes and the Jewish liberal western alliance that is happening against the Islamic state, we do care about the name, we talk about this concerning the Shari'a. The Shari'a of god will be applied literally, we are not applying it literally now, but hopefully we will reach a point where we will. As for the people participating with the infidels in fighting the Islamic State, those Arab presidents, those dictators fight any person who tries to apply the Shari'a of God. Any person who helps the infidels fight the Muslims is the biggest infidel. Those are the word of Sheikh Salman Bin Fahed al-Alwan, may God release him from the prisons of the Saudi family."

Interviewer: "How is the preparation for the strikes?"

Mohammad: "We have God on our side. They have the infidels and we have God."

Interviewer: "Do you fear that the Islamic state might lose some of the areas it controls after the strikes?"

Mohammad: "God is supporting us to stay on this land. We know that Islam is fought by everyone and anyone who tries to apply the Shari's is fought, but God will help us win."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power since over 40 countries agreed to contribute to the strike?"

Mohammad: "This is very similar to the previous question, I already told you, we have God supporting us. If all the countries in the world cooperate against the Islamic State, and God wants us to win, we will win. God will help us win, and stay, and apply the Shari'a. Those who have the support of God fear nobody."

Sound Bite 6: Abu Yaakoub:

Interviewer: "What is your opinion concerning the international air strikes and the countries contributing to the strikes?"

"We all know that those air strikes are against Sunni Muslims. They tried to cover it by saying that they are striking against the extremist groups, but it is only against the Sunni groups. And now America is afraid of the Muslims because they are getting stronger and that is why it is trying to destroy us."

Interviewer: "How are you, as doctors and civilians, preparing for the strike?"

Abu Yaakoub: "We have been preparing for over three years against any strike despite of our humble abilities. We are prepared against a strike, we knew people are going to interfere to protect Bashar and his followers and to protect the Shia. We were able to stand against all the attacks we have been facing for the past three years. We have had barrel bombs dropped on us, we have been attacked so many times and we survived. Bashar was not fighting us alone, he had many by his side, we were fighting half of the world and now the whole world is fighting us and we are ready."

Interviewer: "Do you fear that the Islamic state might lose some of the areas it controls after the strikes?"

Abu Yaakoub: "We know that God will be on the side of the righteous people, and if the Islamic state is right, then nothing they will do can harm us. We know for sure that victory is meant for the Sunnis and we are meant to go back to the Islamic caliphate, just like the Era of prophet Mohammad. If anything, we expect the strike to bring us close together and the concept of the Islamic state will expand to all of the Levant and hopefully Mesopotamia."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power now that over 40 countries agreed to contribute to the strike?"

Abu Yaakoub: "We are convinced that if the whole world came together to destroy the people of the prophet Mohammad, they will not be able to. They will never be able to destroy the people of Mohammad, we are staying until judgment day."

Sound Bite 7: Um Sabri:

Interviewer: "How is the spirit and the preparations?"

Um Sabri: "Thank God we are preparing very well because, for the past three years, we have been receiving strikes from Bashar al-Assad."

Interviewer: "What is your opinion about the American strikes and the countries that are contributing to the air strikes considering a lot of them are Arab countries?Um Sabri: I believe the air strikes are not against what they call ISIS which is the Islamic state, it is against the Syrians who proved to the world their strength with their amazing revolution, and to defend Bashar al-Assad."

Interviewer: "How are the civilians preparing?"

Um Sabri: "This question is very late, they should have asked how we prepare for the strikes of Bashar al-Assad. The American strikes, along with the 40 countries, are not going to be tougher than the strikes of Bashar al-Assad. So, thank God, the days have proven that we are ready for any strike from the infidels."

Interviewer: "Is there a fear that the American strikes might slow down the expansion of the Islamic state?"

Um Sabri: "That is up to the strength of belief in this organization. If they are right, God will help them, and if they were wrong, God will take care of them."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power when there are over 40 countries contributing in the strike?"

Um Sabri: "There is no balance in power between the Islamic State and those big countries who have the contribution of 40 countries, some of which are Arabs. Definitely there is no balance in powers, but victory comes from God."

Sound Bite 8: Man in the Street:

Interviewer: "What is your opinion about the international strikes against the Islamic state, and the countries that are contributing?"

Man: "Those are infidels, Americans are infidels and those who support them are infidels. The Islamic State will remain with the help of God."

Interviewer: How are the Spirit and the preparations?

Man: "We are ready for anything."

Interviewer: "Do you fear that the Islamic State might lose some of the areas it controls after the strikes?"

Man: "The Islamic state will remain with the help of God, we want religion, and with the help of God we will stay and expand."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power since over 40 countries agreed to contribute to the strike?"

Man: "They are infidels, the Islamic state will remain. Infidels have banded together to fight the Muslims throughout history, but we will remain with the help of God."

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Burial Site Excavation
al-Jafra, Syria
By TTM Contributor 24
10 Jun 2014

Excavation of what is believed to be a burial site for victims of an alleged massacre of civilians by ISIS forces in the al-Jafra area of eastern Deir Ezzour Province in Syria.

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Jabhat al-Nusra Fires Artillery at IS...
Deir Ezzour, Syria
By TTM Contributor 24
06 Jun 2014

Jabhat al-Nusra fighters fire an artillery round at an ISIS position in Deir Ezzour Province in Syria on June 6, 2014.

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Jabhat al-Nusra Battles ISIS
Jadeed Bakkara, Syria
By TTM Contributor 24
18 May 2014

Jabhat al-Nusra fighters fire a truck-mounted heavy weapon at a position occupied by ISIS forces in the town of Jadeed Bakkara in eastern Deir Ezzour Province in Syria on May 18, 2014

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Jabhat al-Nusra Attacks ISIS
al-Zirr, Syria
By TTM Contributor 24
06 May 2014

Jabhat al-Nusra fighters assault an ISIS position in the town of al-Zirr in eastern Deir Ezzour province in Syria on May 7, 2014.

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Bakery In the Opposition Controlled A...
Deir Al-Zor, Syria
By TTM Contributor 9
09 Apr 2014

The difficulty of daily life for the people in the opposition-controlled area of Deir al-Zor can be seen through the bakeries, where the prices of bread have skyrocketed, increasing to 500 Liras (before the war in Syria bread cost around 10 Liras) for a pack with only eight pieces of bread. This is due to the fact that the majority of bakeries in the city have stopped working, either due to being bombed or because of the lack of flour and fuel in the besieged city.

As a way to change this, a group of young people have invested in one of the abandoned bakeries in the city. Relying on donations from people and charity organizations, such as the Euphrates Organization affiliates to the local council one pack of bread has fallen to 25 Liras, containing 10 pieces of bread. The bakery is located in Al Jabela neighborhood, which is only meters away from the battlefront with government forces.

The people of the bakery say that there are able to feed around 500 families, both for the Al Jabela neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhoods. The first interview is with the supervisor of the bakery, Majid Al Abosh, who worked as a tailor before the revolution. The second interview is with the man in charge of working in the bakery, Mohammed Al Mohameed, a baker who had stopped working after the city was besieged, and is now back to work.

1) General Shots of the Bakery

2) Shots of children loading flour into bags

3) Shots of the workers preparing the dough

4) Shots of the dough on the rolling carpet as the workers process it

5) Shots of the pieces of dough as they roll into the oven

6) Shots of bread coming out of the oven

7) Workers grouping the bread into piles

8) Interview one :: Majid Al Abosh, Bakery Supervisor
"We produce bread daily in the liberated areas of Deir Al-Zor. We produce three days a week by collaborating with the local council and three days by collaborating with the Deir Al-Zor charity organization. We sell it at a symbolic price, just to cover the production costs. The flour we get for free from the local council, other organizations and private supporters. Ten pieces are sold for 25Liras. Friday is our day off. So families benefit from this bakery. There is an electricity problem, because of the cuts; we stopped for four days because we weren’t able to provide electricity. Finally, one of the brigades helped us provide electricity by setting diesel from the rural areas. We sell the bread for a symbolic price in order to cove the production and labor costs. The most annoying part of the job is that we can sell to one person for not more than 50 Liras, so the biggest amount of families will be able to benefit from this. There are families that bread for 50 liras is not sufficient for but there's nothing we can do. There is a project to open three more bakeries, I can't go into details but hopefully if it's god's will the project will come true and more people will benefit from this."

9) Interview two :: Mohammed Al Mohameed, Bakery Manager
"Mohammed Al Mohameed, Deir El Zor resident. We are still resilient thanks to god. I have worked as a baker before; this is my profession, to feed all the people of Deir El Zor. It is true that we are besieged and diesel and yeast are hard to get, we are suffering, not just us but the people of Deir El Zor. Electricity cuts are often but we have a generator thanks god. Even if the regime deprives us of goods and electricity we are going to feed the people of Deir El Zor and the displaced. Daily we produce a ton or two. We work in the morning and another organization covers the night shift. The Euphrates organization affiliates to the council and the organizations of the outcasts."

25/1/2014 فيديو مصور بتاريخ

يُظهر مخبز يقع في المنطقة المحررة في ديرالزور شرق سوريا حيث وصل سعر زبطة الخبز الى ٥٠٠ ليرة سورية وهو ثمن خيالي.

هذا المخبز المهجور تم استثماره من قبل مجموعة من الشباب الذين يعتمدون على تبرعات فردية والمنظمات الخيرية. وتمكن المخبز من انتاج ربطة خبز سعرها ٢٥ ليرة سورية وتحتوي 10 أرغفة وهو سعر رمزي.

يقع هذا الفرن في حي الجبيلة الذي لا يبعد سوى بضعة أمتار عن جبهة القتال الجيش السوري ويقول القائمون على الفرن ان الانتاج يكفي حاجة ما يقارب الخمسمائة عائلة من الخبز في حي الجبيلة والأحياء المجاورة وهو يعمل لستة أيام في الاسبوع .

المقابلة الأولى مع المشرف على الفرن (ماجد العبوش) كان يعمل في مجال الخياطة قبل الثورة ليتحول إلى المجال الاغاني بعد الثورة

المقابلة الثانية مع المسؤول عن تشغيل الفرن (محمد المحيميد) مسؤول تشغيل الفرن.

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Opposition Fighters Clash with Syrian...
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By AHMAD ABOUD
03 Feb 2014

Opposition fighters of Liwa al-Muhajireen during clashes that lasted for hours in al-Jubailah, Deir Ezzor.

.مقاتلون من لواء المهاجرين الى اثناء اشتباك دام لساعات في حي الجبيلة وسط مدينة ديرالزور

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Opposition Fighters Clash with Syrian...
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By AHMAD ABOUD
03 Feb 2014

Fighter from Liwa al-Muhajireen crosses a sniper's fire in al-Jubailah neighborhood in Deir Ezzor, east Syria.

مقاتل من لواء المهاجرين يقوم بعبور مكان تمركز قناص النظام في حي الجبيلة في مدينة ديرالزور السورية شرق سوريا

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Opposition Fighters Clash with Syrian...
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By AHMAD ABOUD
03 Feb 2014

Syrian opposition fighters of Liwa al-Muhajireen cross snipers' fire in Al-Jubailah neighborhood.

.مقاتلون من لواء المهاجرين الى الله التابع لقوات المعارضة السورية يقومون بعبور مكان تمركز قناص في حي الجبيلة

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Opposition Fighters Clash with Syrian...
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By AHMAD ABOUD
03 Feb 2014

Opposition fighters of Liwa al-Muhajireen run under snipers' fire in Al-Jubailah neighborhood.

.مقاتلون من لواء المهاجرين الى الله التابع لقوات المعارضة السورية يقومون بعبور مكان تمركز قناص في حي الجبيلة

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Opposition Fighters Clash with Syrian...
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By AHMAD ABOUD
03 Feb 2014

Opposition fighters of Liwa al-Muhajireen during clashes that lasted for hours in al-Jubailah, Deir Ezzor.

.مقاتلون من لواء المهاجرين اثناء اشتباك دام لساعات في حي الجبيلة وسط مدينة ديرالزور

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Opposition Fighters Clash with Syrian...
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By AHMAD ABOUD
03 Feb 2014

Fighters of Liwa al-Muhajireen of the Syrian opposition fighters run under snipers' fire.
.مقاتلون من لواء المهاجرين الى الله التابع لقوات المعارضة السورية يقومون بعبور مكان تمركز قناص في حي الجبيلة

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Opposition Fighters Clash with Syrian...
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By AHMAD ABOUD
03 Feb 2014

Opposition fighters of Liwa al-Muhajireen during clashes that lasted for hours in al-Jubailah, Deir Ezzor.

مقاتلون من لواء المهاجرين الى اثناء اشتباك دام لساعات في حي الجبيلة وسط مدينة ديرالزور

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Opposition Fighters Clash with Syrian...
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By AHMAD ABOUD
03 Feb 2014

Free army fighter in a car loaded with an anti-aircraft machine gun roaming al-Takaya street in Deir Ezzor, East Syria.

مقاتل من الجيش الحر في سيارة محملة برشاش مضاد للطيران يجوب شارع التكايا في مدينة ديرالزور شرق سوريا

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Opposition Fighters Clash with Syrian...
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By AHMAD ABOUD
02 Feb 2014

Opposition fighter from Liwa al-Muhajireen crosses in front of a sniper's fire in Al-Jubailah neighborhood in Deir Ezzor, East Syria.

.مقاتل من لواء المهاجرين الى يقوم بالعبور من امام مكان تمركز قناص النظام في حي الجبيلة في مدينة ديرالزور السورية شرق سوريا

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Opposition Fighters Clash with Syrian...
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By AHMAD ABOUD
02 Feb 2014

Opposition Fighters of Liwa al-Muhajireen run for cover while under fire from Syrian army snipers in Al-Jubailah neighborhood.

.مقاتلون من لواء المهاجرين الى الله التابع لقوات المعارضة السورية يقومون بالعبور تحت نيران قناص في حي الجبيلة

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ISIS: Co-opting Tribes in Deir ez-Zur...
Deir ez-Zur, Syria
By ttm contributor 31
06 Jan 2014

Second Meeting Between ISIS Official and Clan Leaders in al-Zir Village

NOTE: The video clips in this collection were obtained by Transterra Media from a source who received it from a member of ISIS who defected from the group. According to the source the videos were recorded in the town of Zir and other locations in Syria between January and June, 2014.

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

This is a video of what appears to be a meeting between a Saudi ISIS official identified as Abu Abdullah Daigham and the heads of clans in the village of al-Zir in Deir al-Zor province. The meetings appears to have taken place in a local mosque.

(View transcript here: https://transterramedia.com/media/54113)

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SYRIA: BETWEEN ANARCHY AND ISLAMISTS,...
Syria
By Eli Eli Andrews
30 Apr 2013

Deir Ezzor, Syria Photography and Interviews by Nils Metzger

VIDEO: FULL HD / PAL / 1080p / 16 x9, STEREO

RIGHTS AND RESTRICTIONS: All platform, Worldwide Rights Included. Affiliate Distribution, Resell Rights, Right to Archive and other custom licenses available on request. Exclusivity not available for this material.

STORY OVERVIEW: The city of Deir Ezzor in Eastern Syria used to be known throughout the country for its greenery, for its swimmers and for the Euphrates river. Now it is decimated by civil war and ruled by Islamist militias. Jihadi groups, like the infamous Jabhat al-Nusra, dominate the war against the Assad-regime. Here, they are far closer to establishing Islamist rule than anywhere else, and even the regular Free Syrian Army units consider themselves Islamist. In the rare video interviews below, they explain why they welcome foreign fighters in Syria and how they want to establish Islamic rule over Syria. They also discuss suicide bombings, their position towards religious minorities and their relations with al-Qaida in Iraq. CLICK ON INDIVIDUAL THUMBNAILS BELOW FOR FULL SHOT LIST, TRANSCRIPTION AND TRANSLATION.

VIDEO B-ROLL (TRT 15 minutes): Frontline battle footage of Free Syrian Army; a makeshift hospital; street warfare; urban food distribution; destroyed Armenian church; snipers; weaponry, including improvised mortars a and Russian anti-tank rockets; broad destruction of city, checkpoints, civilians.

INTERVIEWS (TRT 19 minutes): Member of the FSA-unit "al-Abbas," "Ahmad" Islamic Welfare and Food Distribution Activist, A civilian, "Abu Hasim," a Jabhat al-Nusra field commander and his spokesperson, "Abu Ishaq."

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL: 1) A collection of still images featuring fighters, weapons and destruction in Deir Ezzor. 2) Video interviews and footage of makeshift Islamic-civillian court and prison close to Aleppo, including a leader of the newly formed "The Committee for the Protection of Virtue and Defense of the Oppressed" discussing Shariah law and his Islamic civilian police force. 3) Raw, HD video of rebel held areas in and around Aleppo, including interviews with a female FSA sniper.

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Deir Ezzor, Syria (8 of 10)
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By Antonio-Pampliega
11 Mar 2013

Rebels for the katiba Shuhaa Al Arfie in the Al Mouada Fin (District)

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DEIR EZZOR, SYRIA
Dayr Al Zawr, Syria
By Mais Istanbuli
10 Mar 2013

Two years ago a pro-democracy movement spread across Syria in the first heady days of the Arab Spring before turning into an armed uprising after Assad unleashed a brutal crackdown.

More than 70,000 people have died since March 15, 2011, a million fled the country and millions more are displaced at home and battling hardships for their very survival.

Deir Ezzor, a once thriving oil hub on the Euphrates River in eastern Syria, has become a practical ghost town.

Some 200,000 people of the original 750,000 residents still remain in the city, and the province of the same name is about 80 percent controlled by the rebels.

Assad's forces pound rebel positions in the city itself nearly every day with bombs and artillery.

In the city centre, the landscape is desolate. Buildings are riddled with the scars of shelling and gunfire, homes devastated, the streets covered with rubble.

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Deir Ezzor 3: Destroyed Church, City ...
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By Nils Metzger
06 Mar 2013

00:00 - 00:26
Wide shots of rubble, streets, destroyed buildings, markets

00:27 - 00:45
A guide explains how locals hang blankets to hide themselves from regime snipers.

01:25 - 02:09
A Destroyed Armenian church, home to the only exhibition on the Armenian genocide in the Middle East. It has been hit by mortar shelling, a few FSA fighters now try to protect it from possible looters.

All but one Christian family has fled from Deir Ezzor.

02:09 - 02:32
More decimated streets and markets.

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Deir Ezzor 5: Assault on Regime Airbase
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By Nils Metzger
06 Mar 2013

00:00-00:23
Driving towards the airport frontlines. All planes and helicopters used to bomb the city are based here. For more than a month the Free Syrian Army has been trying to storm the airbase. Civilian buildings alongside the road have been abandoned and mostly destroyed.

00:24-01:46
Following Free Syrian Army rebels to the frontline. They hide their positions in fields and farm land. Landscape surrounding the airport of Deir Ezzor. A conquered regime position in the background. Free Syrian Army trench and sniper positions. One commander shows an empty AK-47 magazine. His troops are suffering heavily from ammunition shortage.

01:46 - 03:10
Rebels moving towards the airport walls. They shoot an improvised mortar round at enemy positions. In the background an oil well is burning. Most mortar rounds are build in improvised factories in Deir Ezzor.

03:10 - 05:18
Rebels assemble a Russian anti-tank rocket, fire it at government positions, then run for cover.

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Deir Ezzor 4: Hospital and Social Ser...
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By Nils Metzger
06 Mar 2013

00:00 - 01:05
Surgeons operate on a severely wounded person.

01:06 - 02:14
B-roll of hospital, patients and supplies.

02:15 - 03:35
Interview Ahmed, a volunteer with al-Rawafed

Ahmed: This money comes from private organisations that help our organisation in a complete and continuous manner, to help this organisation go on with its great and hard work. Like we've said before, our volunteers already work in all areas, in everything, the kitchen, the bakery the food shop to prepare the food. The organisation feeds more than 500 families. It is currently responsible for over 500 families in this city. As much as we can we try to find a protected place for the organisation and the volunteers out of fear for their safety and to enable them to keep preparing food and to distribute it. This is because of the ferocity of the bombardment under which the people of this city have suffered for a long time.

04:45 - 06:05: Interview with resident at al-Rawafed social centre

Resident: For us, the aid we currently receive is absolutely necessary. Every day they distribute bread that is basic food, and then there are additional things. The people cannot work, the shops are closed, the houses destroyed and everyone is out of work . The aid organisations help the citizens that have stayed in the country to live. Staying in our country is better than living refugee camp. This country is our country and will stay our country. The more it is destroyed and the more it decays, the more will we resist the bombardment. We can never abandon this country. I have no intention to go to a refugee camp.

R: The land is inhabited by it's people, we will properly live here again. We are calm and we are not afraid, No one else will live here. We will stay here and live here.

R: We do not care about this any more, the bombardments and the destruction. We are people who believe in God and fear no one but Him, he is the one who cares for us and protects us.

06:05 - 06:20
A child collecting bread

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Deir Ezzor 2: Following Opposition Gr...
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By Nils Metzger
06 Mar 2013

00:00 - 01:28: Wide shots of destroyed city streets and blocks

04:02: An explosion with the sound of an airplane flying overhead as interviewee speaks.

06:57: Fighter fires machine gun from building

01:29 - 02:31
Interview with a fighter from the Al-Abbas Katiba

Fighter: So, first of all, they call me Abu Halab, I am a fighter from the al-Abbas Katiba and I am in charge of this zone of the Hatel quarter, against the regime's army.

F: Of course, we were forced to pick up arms. We are civilians, normal people, no one if front us or behind us. We had to start carrying weapons because of this situation, this ferocious campaign. We are facing an organised army, with tanks, rockets fire, an air force, artillery, all sorts of weapons. We had to pick up arms to counter this attack and the army. This is how it is, and this is the situation we are living in.

F: We are currently staying in this place. We eat and drink and sleep here. In terms of battles, we're constantly watching the army. They've got positions close by. In case we see any movement, so if a tanks moves, or soldiers, we engage them.

02:32 - 04:41
Translator: So you're guarding the place in shifts?

F:Yes, there is always someone on guard. 24 hours a day. But this is urban warfare. Sometimes we have to enter houses and it turns to a house-by-house battle.

F: Concerning the liberation of Syria, there are a few obstacles. The biggest problem is ammunition, we do not have enough. All the ammunition I have I carry. I cannot give it to all the others This is the sound of plane flying above us.

T: A helicopter

F: Yes. Speaking of the helicopters, we do not have anything like that and have nothing to fight them with. We need some rockets to shoot down the planes. To stop the air strikes and to frighten the army we are fighting. Our enemies need to know that we are weakert. We have automatic rifles, RPGs, so we can sort of deal with tanks, but for the air force we need missiles.

F: First I will talk about the situation in general and them speak about Deir El-Zor specifically.
The media in Syria always focusses on one certain place, for example Halab, Sham or Homs. But Deir Ezzor is completely marginalised. Sometimes, and very unregularily it comes up in the news and not always correct and complete. In Deir Ezzor, the media cover maybe 10 to 15 percent of what happens in this zone, but they do not transmit a clear or true picture. I only ask one thing from the media, that they come here and transmit the truth, the images of this situation in its correct form. We do not want the picture to be distorted. We want the truthful image, that of destrcution...

04:42 - 05:28
T: The image of this truth, destruction, injustice

F: Well, you can see with your own eyes where we are now: the destruction, there is nothing left. We are grateful for you. This is the first time that I see journalists coming here to film anything.

F: With regards to living in the country and us as fighters, the country needs security forces to maintain order, the army needs to order it. We want to move on from this phase to the phase of adjusting the country. The country needs jobs, like carpenter or painters and so on, all of them need to participate in this question, and in reforming security. Everyone who has an interest and can help. And God willing we will be able to live in this country, step by step.

05:29 - 09:21: B-roll: Members of "al-Abbas"-Katiba try to conquer a building controlled by the Syrian Army: City Destruction, Action shots, battle scenes, gunfire

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Deir Ezzor 1: The Nusra Front
Deir Ezzor, Syria
By Nils Metzger
06 Mar 2013

Interview with Abu Hasim, a Jabhat al-Nusra field commander (dressed in black), and Abu Ishaq, his spokesperson (blue sweater), conducted at their headquarters in Deir Ezzor. They explain why they welcome foreign fighters in Syria and how they want to establish Islamic rule over Syria. Among other things, they address suicide bombings, their position towards religious minorities and their relations with al-Qaida in Iraq.

Sound bites:
01:44 - 01:51
In the phase following Bashar's removal, our first and primary objective is to establish an Islamic nation ruled by the Qur'an.

02:53 - 03:16
With some groups that are fighting the regime, we believe that there are shared interests in terms of overthrowing Bashar. But after Bashar is gone, we have our own aims and plans.

04:10
Terrorism is a doctrine for Muslims.

04:25 - 04:32
We do not receive financial support from other countries-- not from Al Qaeda, the Arab League or NATO.

11:55 - 12:08
Until now, Christians have not turned against us. We'll deal with the issue of Christians, Armenians and other minorities after we get rid of Bashar.

FULL INTERVIEW:
00:00 - 00:44
Abu Ishaq: I will speak in terms in accordance with Sharia law, so the term revolutionaries is not acceptable, we are waging Jihad. I see myself as one of the mujahideen, fighters who have gone out to fight in the name of God and establish God's law in this land, and this is a legitimate right that is in our hands. Bush spoke of the war in Iraq as a crusade, citing the Bible. So as Muslims we have the right to follow this religion and to fight against anyone who stands between us and this objective.

00:45 - 02:07
AI: The truth of the matter is that the infidels are the ones who enter our lands so we are not the ones who attack them. At the moment, we see the FSA as a legitimate group that defends the faith and we support them to be victorious. This is how it looks to us. In the future, we may act differently, but at the current time we support the FSA against Bashar and his allies to overthrow them. We show them the meaning of self-sacrifice and Jihad, which is not limited to carrying arms, as the Prophet said: “Fight the inidels with your money, souls and tongues.” So Jihad in our Islamic Sharia has all these forms, fighting with weapons, with the pen, helping the poor, protecting public institutions, all these are forms of Jihad.In the phase following Bashar's removal, our first and primary objective is to establish an Islamic nation ruled by the Qur'an. In terms of the civil state, if this is to be a civil state as to the fact that it's governed by institutions, this is not against the law. But if it is to be a democratic state then of course we say no. But if it is a country of institutions according to God's prescription, then yes.

02:08 - 03:24
AI: This is our aim, an Islamic civil state. Like Abu Satef says, if it is a country against Islamic prescriptions then we don not agree to it, but if we say we create this, this and that institutions then we are OK with it – there are two meanings to the word civil.

AI: This is one of the faulty ideas, that politics and Sharia are far apart. There is a book called “The Book of Sharia Politics”, written by some scholars, and some concepts can confuse people. Politics is a part of religion, and it is not to be separated from religion – otherwise we would become secularists. With some groups that are fighting the regime we believe that there are shared interests in terms of overthrowing Bashar. But after Bashar is gone, we have our own aims and plans. We know that we are in the right.

03:25 - 04:10
AI: Since the time of the Prophet until God takes over his land and who is on it there will be falsehoods. When Muhammad came out with his call, they said he was a poet, a wizard, a liar. This is the way of unjust people, tarnishing the people who are in the right. And terrorism is a doctrine for Muslims.

[inaudible question] 04:11 - 09:06 [partial translation]
AI: No, these are lies, the Front is a group among many that fight for Syria to topple the dictator and install the law of God. We do not receive financial support from other countries-- not from Al Qaeda, the Arab League or NATO.

AI: First, all our strenght comes from and is the will of God. It is the faith of our fighters, the suicide attacks of our heroes that make us what we are in relation to other groups. But our weapons we have obtained from Bashar's soldiers.

AI: The mass media spread false allegations in order to destroy the truth. How can we compare suicide attacks with bombings by American fighter jets that destroy entire cities? They are just a drop in the ocean. One or two civilians get killed but if we compare this to thousands who get killed by German or US soldiers in Afghanistan then you have to agree this comparison is unjust.

Deir Ezzor is suffering from the absence of foreign media. Especially if you think about that this is the region in Syria with the most oil. But thank God we are advancing every single day and we will pursue this goal until every square meter of Deir Ezzor and Syria is freed.

AI: alhammdulah we have many members ... but I can not tell exactly how many we have. We have no financial support from al-Qaeda or Arab countries or any foreign country. All our weapons were snatched by our heroes from regime soldiers in battles.

AI: What characterizes the Front in combat situations is the courage and the discipline of our fighters. Thank God many fighters arrived who helped in past revolutions in Libya and Iraq. This is what makes us stronger in combat. We have many specialists and missile experts. Also our social work has been well accepted by the Syrian people. We are known for our our services and that we protect their property.

(question: There are many rumors circulating about the al-Midan bombings in January 2012 especially since many civilians have been killed – were these the first attacks by Jabhat al-Nusra?)

AI: There is no proof that our brothers were responsible for this operation. According to my knowledge, the regime planed them in order to destroy the positive image of the fighters. They have not presented us with proof. If al-Nusra were responsible for this attack it would have been one of the very few mistakes. In every military organization orders by the commander have to be followed, this is also true for those by Abu Muhammad al-Golani. This is true for combat units but also for the Emirs who lead entire cities. In the end they all respond to the orders of Sheikh al-Golani.

09:07 - 10:44
Abu Hasim: There are courses and training camps but those are all secret and no one must tell about them. Al-Nusra is always working in secret until it strikes...

[missing translation]

We have in many ways a special relationship with the media. Most of our operations are secret and they are superior for being secret. That way no rumors get out – no one manipulates more than the media...

[missing translation]

10:45 - 11:07
There are many false rumours about us. Jabhat al-Nusra is in a situation of self-defense. We defend the people of Syria. It is Bashar who murders children and rapes women. We are not responsible for that.

It is America, Walid bin Talal and the Jews who control the media.

11:08 - 12:00
... [missing translation] AH: Our aim is to demonstrate our faith to the almighty God and to end the injustice against muslims. This includes Christians and all other faiths that accept the divine sharia.

11:55 - 12:08
AI: Until now, Christians have not turned against us. We'll deal with the question of Christians, Armenians and other minorities after we get rid of Bashar.