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ITALY- TAORMINA -G7- SUMMIT
Taormina
By Christian Minelli
27 May 2017

Italy, Taormina:U.S. President Donald Trump (R) gestures towards German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) during the G7 Summit expanded session in Taormina, Sicily, on May 27, 2017.

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Tunisian Forces Patrol Ben Guerdane A...
Ben Guerdane
By Mourad TEYEB
08 Mar 2016

Tunisian police and military forces patrol the border town of Ben Guerdane on March 8, 2016, one day after ISIS militants launched an attack on military barracks in the town. 28 militants were killed in the clashes that also left ten members of Tunisian security forces and seven civilians dead.

Tunisian security forces arrested 17 militants, reportedly connected to ISIS.

Later on Tuesday March 8th, the Tunisian Prime Minister said that the death toll had risen to 55, as security forces once again clashed with militants, killing six.

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Sunni and Shiite Joint Prayers in Bah...
Manama
By MazenMahdi
03 Jul 2015

Sunnis and Shiites hold joint Friday prayers in Bahrain amid tight security following bombing attacks believed to have been carried out by the Islamic State group against Shiite mosques in Kuwait and the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

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Afghan Authorities Respond to Taliban...
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Chinar Media
21 Jun 2015

Afghan security forces and emergency responders secure the area around the Afghan Parliament in Kabul where the Taliban carried out a coordinated attack.

Militants detonated a car bomb outside the gates in order to storm the compound and gain access to one of the administrative buildings beside the chamber. A fierce firefight ensued between police and Taliban fighters.

The Taliban say the planned the attack to coincide with the vote to endorse Afghanistan's new defense minister.

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Frontex European Agency describes TRI...
Augusta, Sicily
By Alessio Tricani
16 Jun 2015

The spokesperson of Frontex European Union Agency describes the Joint Operation TRITON with its military device and command structure.

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The Palestinian National Security Force
Jericho
By Ibrahim Husseini
02 May 2015

May 2, 2015
Palestine, West Bank

The Palestinian National Security Force put on a display of its tactical abilities at a public event in Jericho on May 2, 2015.

The contributor of this video provided the following description of the event:

“The Palestinian Authority is very interested in conveying a positive image to the Palestinian public about its security forces. This is to counter an ever increasing negative perception among ordinary Palestinians towards the PA for coordinating on security matters with the Israelis.

The PA wanted to show us through experience what it is like to be a member of the NSF.They wanted us to know full well, and to tell the world, that their men and women are well disciplined, conditioned and motivated to carry orders when given.

However what struck me the most is the moral of the men and women and their motivation. They see themselves as a nucleus of a regular Palestinian army and not just a mere special force to carry on an arrest. One member of the NSF alluded to the second Intifada and at the time when the Israeli army stormed the center of Ramallah and laid seige on the Presidential compound where Arafat was taking residence. It was as if he was saying this won't happen again. There was also a feeling of bitterness and resentment over the Israeli army incursions into Palestinian towns and cities.
Members of the NSF speak of themselves as if they were a border force in charge of defending borders of Palestine. Of course we cannot help but ask ourselves where do these borders lie.

I asked the Colonel in charge of media affairs about challenges. His reply was the "Israeli occupation" as the most direct challenge and obstacle to advance this force. He cited restrictions on procuring technology and equipment. To make a point about the various restrictions the Colonel talked about donors' refusal to fund a canine unit and how this unit was founded despite lack of funding.”

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Melilla: Over a Fence from Morocco to...
P6209, Province de Nador, Oriental, Morocco
By BrunoRocchi
30 Apr 2015

A triple wire fence, motion sensors and cameras protect the city of Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the coast of Morocco, against illegal immigration. Hundreds of Sub-Saharan African migrants are living in terrible conditions in the nearby Gourougou Mountain as they wait to attempt an illegal crossing into the enclave.

They live in shaky, makeshift tents where they remain exposed to the harsh winds and cold of the coastal area. The migrants allege the Moroccan security forces make regular raids on the camp, beating them and stealing the few possessions they have.

The goal of the migrants living in the camp is to make it into Spain and eventually travel to other European countries, where they hope to find a better life.

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Peshmerga Check Refugees Returning to...
Kirkuk
By mushtaq mohammed
24 Mar 2015

March 23, 2015
Kirkuk, Iraq

Iraqis who are finally returning to their villages in Kirkuk are searched intensively by Peshmerga fighters who liberated the area from ISIS control. The residents of the villages of Daquq, al-Said, al-Wahda are asked to provide proof of identity and made to sign agreements that they will not allow anyone from outside of the village to enter or stay there.

:عقيد عبدالله ضابط في اللواء الثالث في البيشمركة‎

هذه القرى هي الآن تحت سلطة اقليم كردستان العراق وبمساعدة من العشائر تمكنا من طرد داعش، والآن بعد تحرير مناطقهم تم تبليغ العوائل للعودة اليها."

نحن الآن نفتش وندقق مواكب الناس الذين قرروا العودة الى بيوتهم ونتأكد من عدم وجود مندس او مخرب بين صفوفهم عن طريق مختار المنطقة وضباط الامن والمخابرات وقد تم توقيع العوائل على تعهد بعدم ايواء الغرباء في بيوتهم "وكذلك التبليغ عن الغرباء ان وجدوا.

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Houthis Remove Barriers Safeguarding ...
sanaa
By Dhaifallah Homran
04 Mar 2015

All US personnel having vacated the US Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen on 21 January, the Houthi chief of security in the capital deemed the immediate streets around the US Embassy safe enough to remove the road-barriers that previously surrounded it. They had been in place for the past decade. Having done so, the Houthi militia gather in front of the embassy to chant their signature call to arms, "Death to America; Death to Israel; Curses to the Jews and Victory to Islam."

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Weapons Training for Pakistan Teachers
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
31 Jan 2015

In the morning on Dec 16, 2014 six Taliban fighters entered Peshawar’s Army Public School under orders to let the youngest children leave and to kill everyone else. The killing spree took the lives of 141 people, among them 132 children. Pakistani military retook control of the school after hours of fighting, saying that all nine insurgents were dead.

After the Peshawar school attack, the Pakistani government has decided to train school teachers to operate handguns, as well as Kalashnikov rifles, for their own safety and the protection of students.

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Pakistan: Peshawar Army Public School...
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
10 Jan 2015

Class is back in session at Peshawar's Army Public School, the target of a brutal attack by Taliban militants that killed 141 people in mid-December. Parents and their children were eager to tell media that despite the attacks, they are not afraid and that their children shouldn't have to live in fear in order to get an education. A ceremony was held as schools across Pakistan re-opened after an extended break in the wake of the attack.

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In the morning on Dec 16, 2014 six Taliban fighters entered Peshawar’s Army Public School under orders to let the youngest children leave and to kill everyone else. The killing spree took the lives of 141 people, among them 132 children. This was the latest in a years-long string of attacks against Pakistani civilians and military and government institutions, starting with the alleged assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007. The Pakistani Taliban’s targeting of educational institutions, however, is not new, including an attack on a school bus in 2011, the attempt on the life of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai in 2012, and now the tragic killing of over a hundred students in the Peshawar school.

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Al Aqsa and the Conflict in Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel
By Iliay
27 Nov 2014

November 2014
Jerusalem

As tensions in Jerusalem boil over into open conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the issue of the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex remains one of the key issues in the conflict. This story explores the cultural and religious significance of the complex to the two sides and illustrates how the area has yet again become a catalyst for violence. Some fear this newest round of violence may lead to a third Palestinian Intifada.

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Afghanistan Male Prison 09
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

group of prisoners behind a fence inside the prison of Herat .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 12
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Some Afghan detainees , within the male prison in Herat

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Afghanistan Male Prison 13
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

group of prisoners behind a fence inside the prison of Herat .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 15
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 16
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 17
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 02
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 03
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 04
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 05
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 06
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 07
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Some Afghan detainees , within the male prison in Herat

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Afghanistan Male Prison 08
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Some Afghan detainees , within the male prison in Herat

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Peshmerga Heightens Security in Kurdi...
Erbil
By Maryam Ashrafi
09 Oct 2014

This collection of pictures shows the Kurdish Peshmerga forces' readiness to combat ISIS forces. The capture of Mosul by ISIS was a political game-changer in Iraq. Initially, ISIS’ strategy seemed to consist of taking control of Iraq's Sunni regions and scourge and oppress the Shia population. Kurds optimistically believed that this was solely a conflict between ISIS and the Shias and so adopted a defensive strategy across their region. However, due to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s anti-Sunni policies and the dissatisfaction of the Iraqi Army, ISIS quickly expanded its control, taking over vast territories in northern Iraq and the Kurdistan area. ISIS took over the Kurdish Yazidi town of Shangal, forcing the Peshmerga to retreat. Yazidis escaped to the nearby mount Sinjar, which they consider a holy site, but were surrounded by ISIS militants. It was at this point that the Syrian People's Defense Forces (YPG) militias and the Peshmerga launched an effective attack against that was aided by US airstrikes. These forces managed to drive the militants back, securing a safe passage for tens of thousands of Yazidis.

Despite these efforts, ISIS continued to threaten more Kurdish territories, taking control over Makhmour and putting Iraqi Kurdistan's capital Erbil at risk. The PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) and US Air Force launched another attack, forcing ISIS to retreat from many Kurdish areas, including Makhmour. It became obvious that ISIS was not only targeting the Iraqi Shias but also posed a large threat to Iraqi and Syrian Kurds. Therefore a new tactical coalition between these parties became vital. Iraqi Kurdistan became seriously involved in a war which, two months earlier, was not likely. In some respects it has benefitted Kurds, allowing them to extend the borders of their autonomous region and claim control over the disputed city of Kirkuk. On the other hand, ISIS' quest to impose an Islamic state could spell great danger for the Kurds and the region as a whole.

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Security Bolstered in Baghdad
Baghdad
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Sep 2014

September 29, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

The Iraqi government has stepped up security measures in the capital Baghdad as a response to reports that the group that calls itself the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is approaching. The militant group has vowed to march on the city after occupying several key towns, including Iraq's second city, Mosul. Tens of thousands of volunteers have answered the call to join security forces and push back Islamic State militants. Recruiting volunteers is part of what officials have described as a new strategy to protect Baghdad and its surroundings.

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Surviving in Honduras' Murder Capital
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
By Karim + Jenny
02 Sep 2014

Text by Jenny Gustafsson and Photos by Karim Mostafa
San Pedro Sula, the industrial capital of Honduras, near the border with Guatemala. It is known for its tropical climate, its friendly attitude – and its murders. For years in a row, the city has topped global homicide statistics, with over 170 killings per 100,000 inhabitants yearly. People in the city have become accustomed to the violence – and drawn into it. Most residents of the city are affected in one way or another by killings and assaults.
The city’s zonas rojas (red zones) are hardened by gang criminality; in well-to-do areas, people live their lives behind locked and barbed-wired gates. Orlin, a cameraman at one of Honduras’ TV stations, drives his car on a dark road leading out from the city. He has two mobile phones in his lap, and a gun. Each night, he drives around collecting footage from crime scenes around the city. The channel he works for is known for broadcasting raw, uncensored footage. “Everything happens during the night. Shootings, assaults. This is what I do every day, since I started to work with this as a 16-year-old,” he says.
In another part of the city, ‘La Fresa’, a young man with a football t-shirt, agrees to meet in an empty office. He carries a weapon as well, puts it on the table in front of him. “I have several guns, fifteen all in all. But this is my favorite. It’s killed 32 people.” La Fresa’s life is conditioned by violence as well, in a very direct way. He’s a sicario, a hit man – works with assassinating people for money. “I feel no guilt. It’s their destiny. If I felt guilt I couldn’t do this.”
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San Pedro Sula, Honduras
By Karim + Jenny
02 Sep 2014

Hilma Fuentes, one of few remaining residents on a street that used to be a scene of recurring gang confrontations. Most of her neighbours have left, found temporary homes elsewhere in the city.

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San Pedro Sula, Honduras
By Karim + Jenny
02 Sep 2014

A policeman in Chamelecón, a large suburb in southern San Pedro Sula known for its insecurity and socio-economic hardships. The text on the police car says “Serve and Protect” – but the Honduran police force, known to be corrupt and violent, enjoys little trust among people.

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San Pedro Sula, Honduras
By Karim + Jenny
02 Sep 2014

‘La Fresa’, a 27-year-old with one son, has worked as a sicaro, hit man, since he was 16. He has killed 60 people he said, mostly politicians and businessmen. His ‘organisation’ has established rules, for instance to not assassinate women and children, and think of themselves as providers of law and order in a society that has none.

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San Pedro Sula, Honduras
By Karim + Jenny
02 Sep 2014

Hilma Fuentes and her neighbour, in her small fenced-off garden. Many houses in San Pedro Sula have walls and gates – certainly in well-to-do areas but also in poorer parts like Chamelecón.

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San Pedro Sula, Honduras
By Karim + Jenny
02 Sep 2014

Marciela Mayorga, a resident of Chamelecón who runs a church project to revitalize the area. Kids and youth are encouraged to join and plant corn on the land that used to be occupied by gang members.

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San Pedro Sula, Honduras
By Karim + Jenny
02 Sep 2014

A man takes a nap at Cuerpo de Bomberos in San Pedro Sula, the city’s rescue service which has many volunteers among its ranks.

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San Pedro Sula, Honduras
By Karim + Jenny
02 Sep 2014

Chris Padilla, a resident of San Pedro Sula who runs a yoga center, has had several personal experiences with violence. It was only by luck that she escaped a kidnap attempt, which changed her entire sense of personal safety. Recently, her uncle was shot by mistake by a hit man assigned to assassinate a person in the same car, and her sister was killed by her husband.

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San Pedro Sula, Honduras
By Karim + Jenny
02 Sep 2014

Inside the main entrance of San Pedro Sula’s public hospital, one of only two big public hospitals in Honduras. The doctor Raul Zelaya says they are unable to help everyone who needs care, and patients often have to pay for essential things like anesthesia and surgery material.