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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
13 Nov 2016

Vytautas Pusvaskis joined the Soviet resistance in 1945 when he was 15 years old. He worked as an informant and a helper due to his young age. Vytautas was eventually captured and sentenced to death. At the same time, death was abolished in the Soviet Union and he was instead sent to a forced labour camp in Moldova, where he survived for 8 years before faking an illness and securing release. “I joined the RU in 1991, and I’m 87 years old now; and so I still serve.”

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
13 Nov 2016

Youngsters can join the union at the age of 11, but will not touch a real weapon until the age of 18. Regardless, militarised structure and discipline takes the leading role in their activities.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

National Defence Volunteers (KASP), part of the Lithuanian armed forces, storm a building occupied by the RU, who pose as the separatists.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

RU mount a formidable defense against the attacking infantry.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

KASP is bogged down in close-quarters combat, with the heavily entrenched RU fighters.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

Flare launched by the attacking military forces signals for the three-pronged attack to begin; heavy snow has fallen overnight.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU member prepares dud IEDs, to ring the ‘separatist’ HQ.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

Members of the RU wait for the assault to begin. Mindaugas, pictured on the left, said: “It’s just weird how a tiny country Lithuania is perceived by a much greater country, in the sense of size, as an enemy to them.”

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU detain a ‘civilian’ carrying an IED through a makeshift checkpoint.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

Members of the RU prepare a meal on an open fire. All supplies are self-funded.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU commanders discuss last-minute defense plans for the morning’s assault.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
22 Oct 2016

Neimantas Psilenskis, a member of the RU since he was 14 years old, gets married in the Kaunas Garrison Church. After permission was given to wear the ceremonial uniform, he was greeted by the Honorary Guard himself.

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German Coalition Advisors Train Peshm...
Peshmerga Training Base outside of Erbil KTCC camp
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
18 Mar 2015

B-roll of target practice and interviews with German trainers and Peshmerga trainees near Erbil.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
28 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Babil, Iraq
By Reda Kareem
19 Jun 2014

June 18, 2014
Babylon, Iraq

Iraqi Army volunteers undergo training at an army camp in the city of Babylon, south of Baghdad. Volunteers across Iraq have answered the call of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the spiritual leader of the Iraqi Shia, to take up arms against ISIL.

Ali Hassan Mahdi, head of police departement in Babel province:
“These people love Iraq and they care about Iraq and what is best for Iraq. They are willing to sacrifice their lives for Iraq and that is why they are here now in this training center. Hopefully, in the next five days they will finish their training and be transferred to the front lines, or wherever the military forces need them. Note that these operations are not militant operations, they are under the control of Armed forces, the ministry of the interior, the security forces and the municipality”.

Hassan Ali Taleb, Babel province, Abu al-Fadel al-Abbas troop:
“We came here to obey the spiritual leader of Iraq [Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani] and to defend Iraq, its people, and the holy site from the terrorist Wahhabi [fundamentalist] scum”.

Raad Ibrahim Karim, Babel:
“We are the troop of the Shaabani Intifada [the failed Shia uprising against Saddam Hussein in the 1991 Gulf War] in Babel province. We are here to protect our country and answer the call of Sayed al-Sistani, may God protect him. [We are here to] demolish ISIL and the people who come from Saudi and Qatar and all enemies of Iraq. We will sacrifice our lives for Iraq and for Sayed al-Sistani since he is the one in charge of (Hawza) of Najaf. We answered the call of Sayed al-Sistani and we are all rebels of the Shaabani Intifada of '91 We came here to answer the call of duty for our country”.