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Photos of Destruction in Syria
Saqba
By abdalmanamissa
25 Feb 2015

A school and neighbourhood destroyed in the city of Saqba, Syria, on January 25, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Photos of Destruction in Syria
Saqba
By abdalmanamissa
25 Feb 2015

A school and neighbourhood destroyed in the city of Saqba, Syria, on January 25, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Physiotherapy Clinic Heals Children a...
Latakia
By Hashem
15 Feb 2015

Latakia, Syria

February 15, 2015

AT THEIR REQUEST THE FACES OF THE DOCTORS AND THERAPISTS INTERVIEWED ARE NOT SHOWN FOR REASONS OF PERSONAL SAFETY AND SECURITY.

At the Flooka Physical Therapy Center in rural Latakia province, Syria, Dr. Khaled treats all manner of patients, from Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters to children with disabilities. In his small clinic, which sees 25-30 patients a day, Dr. Khaled and his devoted staff use a combination of personal care and up-to-date technology (infrared, radiotherapy) to help residents from near and far recover from war-related injuries and other ailments. A largely Alawite region known for being the birthplace of the Assad family and a stronghold of the regime, parts of rural Latakia have nonetheless fallen under control of the rebels.

TRANSCRIPT

Dr. Mohamad Ajouz
(Man, Arabic) (01:40-02:54)

Our patient was injured by shrapnel two years ago, and came to the center for physical therapy about a year ago because of serious injury to his sciatic nerve. After a year of physical therapy, we did not get desirable results because his injury was too severe. Now, after consulting with an orthopaedic surgeon, he was advised to have surgery. Now we're getting him ready for surgery, preparing the muscles, so that when the surgery is done he can return and we can continue the physical therapy, and he will hopefully be healed.

Abu Mohamad, FSA fighter:
(Man, Arabic) (03:48-04:30)

I sprained my ankle and suffered from ligament rupture. I was not able to walk comfortably, so I came here to the physical therapy center and had many sessions, which are definitely helping. The center provides excellent care, and the workers are doing their best to help us. They spared us a trip to Turkey that we might have been forced to take, but the problem is that this is the only physical treatment center here and there is a lot of pressure, a huge number of people come here, and sometimes we have to wait until they finish treating other injuries before getting a turn.

Abu Hussein
(Man, Arabic) (07:13-07:33)

At an early point, we discovered something was wrong with her and took her to Turkey, Antakya and, from there, were transferred to Adana, where they ran some tests and told us that she suffers from brain malformation and needs physical treatment. So we brought her here to the "Floka al-Hurreya" physical therapy center to get treatment.

Dr. Khaled:
(Man, Arabic) (08:59-10:22)

We are now in the "Floka al-Hurreya" physical therapy center. The center has been open for a while and is operating smoothly. It receives about 25-30 patients a day. We have some machines and equipment to help treat patients injured in war; most people we treat have been injured in the war. We have machines to support the hips, infrared machines, a radiotherapy machine and machines to treat nerves; we have steps, a treadmill and many other machines.

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The Syrian Teenager Who "Chose" War O...
Morek, Hama
By TTM Contributor 9
30 Jan 2015

Morek, Hama, Syria

January 30, 2015

Fourteen-year-old Mohammad Khodr al-Hajji left school more than a year ago to fight against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. Mohammad joined the opposition battalion formed by his father. He receives regular military training and has been positioned on the frontline outside the town of Morek near Hama, in an area called al-Sayyad. Opposition fighters took this area from the Syrian government’s forces fourth months ago. In a year or two, Mohammad hopes to actively engage in battles.

Mohammad’s case is not unique. Many children have been drawn into the Syrian conflict as it nears its fourth year. According to a Human Rights Watch report, non-state militias of different affiliations have recruited dozens of teenagers and given them perilous military tasks.

Khodr, Mohammad's father, says that even though his son is young, he might not be safer at home because he could die in an airstrike.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Various of Mohammad and other fighters resting in a cave

Close-up of Mohammad’s face
Close-ups of Mohammad’s hand

Various of Mohammad and other fighters inside a cave watching battle videos
Various of Mohammad lying down on a mattress inside a cave Wide of Mohammad helping his father wear military vest
Various of Mohammad and other fighters waling in a field
Medium of Mohammad loading his rifle
Various of Mohammad and other fighters inspecting anti-aircraft machinegun
Various of Mohammad and other fighters inspecting military positions
Various of Mohammad walking
Various of Mohammad loading his weapon
Wide of Mohammad holding his rifle inside a trench
Various of Mohammad with other fighters practice shooting SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Mohammad al-Hajji
07:39- 11:31
“I am Mohammad, the son of Khodr al-Hajji. We are positioned on al-Sayyad frontline in Morek. God willing, we shall stay steadfast. We have gone to war for the sake of God. God willing, we shall remain steadfast. I was at school and I was watching TV. I saw destruction and children. I went for the quest of freedom, against Assad’s infidel regime.
I saw my father and brothers fighting against the Assad regime. I decided to practice jihad with them. I have been here for a short while, but my father taught me how to use weapons – how to disassemble and reassemble a rifle and shoot, thanks be to God.
I saw people going out in demonstrations for the sake of God. I saw my father and brothers participating in battles. I said to my father that I wanted to learn how to use weapons. He said: “Do not learn this. You should stay away from this business.” I said: “Let me learn.”
Later on, he taught me how to use rifles. He first taught me to dissemble and reassemble the rifle and he then he let me shoot. I started to go with him to battles.
I was with my friends and I saw that they all participated in jihad, and I wanted to be like them.
At first, I used to like this but I do like anything after the trouble.
Interviewer: Why?
Because of these circumstances. We are scared of warplanes because they bomb schools. We stopped going to school. I stopped going to school a year ago. I am in the eighth grade. Warplanes bombed the school and we stopped going there.
Interviewer: When was that?
About a year or more. Only a child was injured. He was injured at school.
I am positioned on al-Sayyad hill, the Morek frontline. I am learning how to shoot if the enemy comes.
In the village, we saw the bodies of people killed by the army at a checkpoint. Good God, they were all disfigured. I was very scared, but after I saw this I stopped caring about anything.
When I first grabbed the rifle I felt something very great. It was something very great. We have taken arms for the sake of freedom and God almighty.
There is no work. People have stopped working. We want to work but there is nothing to do. I kept participating in the revolution.
Why is he [Bashar al-Assad] fighting against us? Why? It is his fault.

Interview: Why?
He is fighting against us. They know that we are Muslims and they can see what is happening to the people, yet he is fighting against us. This is his fault. He is a Muslim and so are we, yet he is fighting against us. We consider him a disbeliever. He is killing Muslims. He is killing people and destroying homes.”

Various/ Medium of Mohammad. NAT Sound: (Arabic) Mohammad and another fighter argue with a local man about the need not to light a fire in order to keep the area safe from airstrikes.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Mohammad al-Hajji, Child Fighter
12:30 – 14:15
The trigger. Shooting. This is something great. Shooting at the enemy is quite something. I stay on guard. If the army advances, we fight against it.
Both; I listen to my father and I go to battles. I am still young and I am learning. In a year or two, I will start participating in battles, God willing.
Interviewer: Suppose that you were injured in a battle. What would you do? Suppose you were shot in the leg, God forbid. What would you do? Your father is far from you.
What would I do? I would keep resisting until I die.
Interviewer: If you were hit in the leg, you have this walkie-talkie in your pocket and this rifle, and you are lying down on the ground and cannot walk. What would you do?
I would call my father on the walkie-talkie in order to cover me and move me out. If I was hit in a battle, I would call my father on the walkie-talkie. The men will cover me and they will move me out.
If my injury was lethal I would be scared, but what could I do? My father would take me to hospital and the doctor would treat me. God willing, I will remain steadfast.”
Various of Mohammad inside a trench
Various of Mohammad assembling and loading his weapon Various of Mohammad aiming his weapon
Close-ups of Mohammad’s hands holding a rifle
Various of Khodr al-Hajji, Mohammad’s father, outdoor
Close-ups of Khodr al-Hajji’s hands and face
Medium of Khodr al-Hajji talking to fighters of his group inside a cave
NAT Sound (Arabic) (15:29) Over the walkie-Talkie: Mohammad Abu al-Lays, look at the fields, look at the vehicles. Where are you? Mohammad Abu al-Lays do you hear me? Where are you? (16:24) Tell us more, how long have you been here? What are your plans for the future? (16:33) (16:34) Day 57. Everybody is firing at us. We were staying at a house… (16:44) Mohammad was with you? - No, Mohammad was not with us yet, but the older one Ahmad was. He was 17 - 18 years old. He was born in 1996 (16:58). (16:59) How many children do you have? - I have 10, five girls and five boys. The boys are Mohammad, Ahmad, Bachir, Nazeer (17:05)

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Khodr al-Hajji, Mohammad’s Father, Head of opposition armed group
(17:43)

Khodr Ahmad al-Hajji from Morek, from Idlib province, the village of Maarat Dibsah. When we first started engaged in the revolution, it was peaceful. The regime started to use violence against us and fire at us while we were demonstrating. You would be marching in a demonstration clapping your hands when suddenly the regime’s men start to fire at you, and people start to fall around you. Things took a new turn. We lost many martyrs.
It was then that people realized that we needed to carry arms to protect ourselves from these tyrants. The regime used to give orders to open fire on those people, and many of them became martyrs.
Whoever did not have money borrowed money… we are poor people. We had to borrow money to buy a rifle and bullets. This is how it started.
Every now and then we used to see an army vehicle. At first, we used to have pity on the Syrian army, saying that they were our children and we did not fire at them.
But at a certain point, the Syrian army itself helped Bashar al-Assad remain in his post. This was four years ago.

Till now, some members are defecting from the army but in small numbers.
If entire divisions and brigades defected, we would not have reached this point.
The members that did not defect from the army allowed Bashar al-Assad to remain in power until today. He also received foreign support from Satan’s party [Hezbollah] of Lebanon, from Iran, all the countries are supporting him. This really affected people, but we remained in our revolution. We started firing at the army and take its positions. We shall continue until the last moment (20:00)
(20:03) My son Ahmad, God bless you and your children, has been fighting with me for almost for two years, two-and-a-half years. I gave him guns and he started to fight with me. My younger son Mohammad kept saying, “Father I want to go with you; Father I want to go with you.” I brought him along, too. It was not a very long time ago. I taught him at first how to dissemble and reassemble a rifle, and then I taught him how to shoot. After that, he started to come with me to the front positions. This is as far as Mohammad is concerned. All is done for God’s sake. If God wills, we will stay on this path until the last drop of blood. We will not go back, for the sake martyrs we lost. We will continue if God wills, and the younger might join, too. If [the war] is going to last longer, the younger people will join.
My brothers, my cousins and I are continuing with this, God willing. I do not care anymore about education because we are losing so much important as loosing blood. Education is nothing when compared to blood. Education is necessary and we should learn and teach our children but we got to a point where the regime destroyed schools with explosive barrels. You will find only one safe school in the entire village; the other ones are completely destroyed (21:50)

(21:51) Mohammad is brave, with the will of God. I want him to continue in this revolution given our circumstances, God willing. (21:59) (22:00) For me, if Mohammad wanted to study, he would not have chosen to carry weapons and fight. I do not have any problem if he wished to remain in school. But, when he saw me fighting along with his brother, he insisted on joining me, so I brought him along. I hope I did not choose a wrong path for him. If he becomes a martyr, it would be for God’s sake, he would be lucky; God giveth, God taketh. I am convinced with what I am saying, this is not a compliment (22:35) (22:36) I am proud of him. He behaves like a man. Despite his young age, he acts like a man, thanks be to God. Some people told me that he is too young to join the war, but they were few. Others told me it is good that he started training at a young age, since the war might last for many years; the whole world is against Syria, especially against the Muslim, Sunni Syrian people. The whole world is against us. All nations are fighting like dogs against us.” (23:20)

(23:21) As for his mother, she did not have any problem at all. When she knew this is what he desired, she did not oppose him. - How does she feel when you both leave together for war? - Her heart aches, but thanks be to God she accepts this. We are believers. We believe in God almighty and in fate. What God has written shall happen. Let us suppose Mohammad or his brothers are at home now and warplanes bomb the house with barrels. If his days are over, he will die at home.”

Wide of fighters looking at a helicopter in the sky
Wide of fighters preparing lunch
Various of fighters eating
Medium of Mohammad opening a pack of dates
Various of fighters praying

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Mohammad, a Syrian Teenager Who "Chos...
Morek, Hama
By TTM Contributor 9
30 Jan 2015

Morek, Hama, Syria

January 30, 2015

Fourteen-year-old Mohammad Khodr al-Hajji left school more than a year ago to fight against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. Mohammad joined the opposition battalion formed by his father. He receives regular military training and has been positioned on the frontline outside the town of Morek near Hama, in an area called al-Sayyad. Opposition fighters took this area from the Syrian government’s forces fourth months ago. In a year or two, Mohammad hopes to actively engage in battles.

Mohammad’s case is not unique. Many children have been drawn into the Syrian conflict as it nears its fourth year. According to a Human Rights Watch report, non-state militias of different affiliations have recruited dozens of teenagers and given them perilous military tasks.

Khodr, Mohammad's father, says that even though his son is young, he might not be safer at home because he could die in an airstrike.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Various of fighters resting inside a cave
Close-up of Mohammad al-Hajji’s face
Close-up of Mohammad al-Hajji’s hand and Kalashnikov rifle
Wide of Mohammad al-Hajji walking ,carrying a Kalashnikov rifle

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Mohammad Khodr al-Hajji, Syrian Child Fighter
00:11 – 00:24

“I am Mohammad, the son of Khodr. I was at school and I was watching TV. I saw destruction and children. I went for the quest of freedom, against Assad’s infidel regime.” Wide of Mohammad walking with other fighters.
Wide of Mohammad with other fighters in a trench shooting.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Mohammad Khodr al-Hajji, Syrian Child Fighter

00:33 – 00:48
“I have been here for a short while, but my father taught me how to use weapons and to shoot, thanks be to God. I was with my friends and I saw that they all participated in Jihad, and I wanted to be like them.
I have not been in school for many years. I was in the eighth grade. I stopped going to school.
There was an air raid. A warplane hit the school and we stopped going there.
When I first grabbed the rifle I felt something very great.
There is no work. People have stopped working. We want to work but there is nothing to do.
I kept participating in the revolution. I will keep resisting until I die.
I am still young and I am learning. In a year or two, I will start participating in battles, God willing.”

Close-up of Mohammad cleaning rifle.
Wide of Mohammad in trench with other fighters.
Various of Khodr al-Hajji, Mohammad’s father , talking on walkie-talkie Medium of Khodr al-Hajji inside cave with other fighters

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Khodr al-Hajji, Mohammad’s Father, Head of opposition armed group

01:33 – 01:59
"He [Mohammad] saw that his brother and I were involved [in the revolution]. He began to insist to accompany me, so I took him with me. His brother and I trained him to use a rifle. I showed him how to disassemble and reassemble the rifle. Then he wanted to shoot, so I showed how.
We shall carry on, God willing. Someone younger might also participate [in the fighting]. If this continues for longer, God willing, the younger people will participate.”

Wide of Mohammad opening a box of dates with a knife

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Khodr al-Hajji, Mohammad’s Father, Head of opposition armed group

02:08 – 02:28
“I do not care about education because we are losing so much blood. If he is martyred, it will be for God’s sake. He would be lucky. God giveth, God taketh. My son Mohammad or his brothers might be at home and suffer a strike by warplanes, which are dropping explosive barrels. If his days are over, he will die at home.”

Various of Mohammad and other fighters praying behind Khodr al-Hajji.
Various of Mohammad and other fighters walking

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Captive ISIS Member: "I was Forced to...
Rojava
By Andrea Milluzzi
11 Dec 2014

Fighting between ISIS militants and Kurdish groups in northeastern Syria has left a large number of killed or injured fighters as well as many prisoners of war on both sides.

When ISIS took control over rebel-held cities in Syria, many men joined ISIS, either by choice or by force.

This is a video of interviews with two ISIS militants captured by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the province of Hasakah. They both claim that they were coerced into joining the militia group and were given “hallucinogenic pills” before fighting. One of the prisoners was preparing for a suicide bomb.

The captive fighters talk about their experience before joining ISIS, while they fought with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the reasons why they joined ISIS and their future plans if they were freed by the YPG.

ABBAS HUSSEIN AL ASSI

(00:03) Tell me your name, your age, where do you come from and why did you join ISIS

(00:12) My name is Abbas Hussein Al Assi, I am 25 years old, and I come from Tal Hamis in Al Hasaka Governorate. I started fighting with the FSA and I joined the Islamic State by force.

(00:34) What year did you join ISIS and for how long? And how long did you stay with the FSA?

(00:47) I stayed for almost a year with ISIS. I also fought with the FSA for a year, too.

(00:58) Where and when did they capture you?

(01:02) They captured me while I was preparing myself for a suicide attack, nearly a month ago.

(01:15) Why did you join the FSA?

(01:21) The main reason I joined the FSA is the salary they gave me. I was paid 25,000 Syrian pounds (around $142) [a month].

(01:31)What was that monthly salary that ISIS paid you?

(01:33) ISIS did not give me any salary.

(01:37) Do you have any news from your relatives?

(01:40) No.

(01:42) What was the purpose of your suicide attack?

(01:48) My purpose was to go to heaven.

(01:56) Are you 100% sure that after a suicide attack you will go to heaven?

(02:02) Yes.

(02:08) When you took the decision of doing a suicide attack, did you not think that you will leave your family and friends and die?

(02:25) They [ISIS] were brainwashing us.

(02:29) What do you think now of the Islamic State?

(02:33) I regret [joining] it.

(02:36) If they [YPG] set you free, will you still think of carrying out a suicide attack?

(02:44) No. I want to join them [YPG] against ISIS.

(02:48) So, do you hate the Islamic State now?

(02:50) Yes.

(02:52) Do you think ISIS does it work by brainwashing people?

(02:58) Yes. They use drugs to brainwash us.

(03:03) Are you religious?

(03:11) Yes, I am very religious.

(03:13) But using drugs is against Islam, right?

(03:20) It is, but they issue a fatwa to make it religiously lawful.

HUSSEIN AL ABDUL

(03:22) Tell me about yourself

(03:26) My name is Hussein Al Abdul, and I am 23 years old. I come from Tal Hamis in Al Hasakah Governorate. I started as a Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter before I joined the Islamic State.

(03:44) Why did you join?

(03:46) I joined by force.

(03:53) I was fighting with the FSA for almost eight months before ISIS took control over the city and I was obliged to join them. I fought with them for almost a year and four months.

(04:03) When and why were you captured?

(04:06) It has been almost 13 days that the [Kurdish] People’s Protection Units [YPG] captured me; I was ambushed during the fighting.

(04:14) Do you believe in the idea of an Islamic State and the Caliphate and why?

(04:23) At first I never accepted the idea of an Islamic State, but once I joined, I started to support it. We were taught lessons about [fighting] in the field and Sharia.

(04:45) Do you think the Islamic State is right? What are the goals you wish to achieve with the Islamic State?

(05:01) The path of the Islamic State is the right path. I wish that an Islamic State will be established.

(05:05) In which areas have you fought since you joined the Islamic State?

(05:13) I fought in Iraq, mostly in Mosul.

(05:36) When ISIS first invaded Mosul, were you one of the fighters?

(05:38) Yes.

(05:40) In your opinion, is life in Mosul now better than it was before ISIS?

(05:55) No. We thought that when we occupied Mosul life would be better, but when we took over from the Iraqi government, things did not go as expected.

(06:05) This means life in the areas under ISIS control is not better now

(06:12) We always thought we could make things better in the cities we occupy. But then insecurity and instability spread in these areas.

(06:20) Do you think the Islamic State will win this war?

(06:27) At first, I thought ISIS will win, but considering the number of killed and injured ISIS fighters I don’t think the group will win.

(06:42) Do you have Christian friends?

(06:44) No, I do not.

(06:47) Have you never had any encounter with a Christian person?

(06:55) When I was fighting with the FSA I had relationships with people from all sects. But when I joined ISIS, we had to kill them.

(07:08) You say you never had any problem with being in contact with a person from another sect. Why, after you joined the Islamic State, did you start to think that these people should be killed?

(07:28) After we took lessons in Sharia, we realized that Christians should either be killed or convert to Islam.

(07:34) Don’t you think that what you learned from the Islamic State is wrong and inhumane?

(07:44) At first, we thought it was right. But when they [YPG members] captured us and treated us in a good way, we realized that what we learned from ISIS is wrong.

(07:54) Are you married? Do you have children?

(07:56) Yes I am married but I do not have children.

(08:00) What does your wife think about you?

(08:02)) She does not know about all this.

(08:03) Does your family have the same ideology as ISIS?

(08:05) No.

(08:08) How could you be with your wife if she does not like the Islamic State?

(08:12) I left her.

(08:15) When did you leave her and why?

(08:18) I left her almost a month before I joined ISIS. We faced some problems in our relationship.

(08:24) If they [YPG] set you free, what will you do?

(08:33) At first I thought I will join the Islamic State again. But now, after they treated me in a good way and after I realized I was wrong; I will not join ISIS again.

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FSA Fights to Protect Civil Status Re...
Damascus
By Mohamad al-jazaare
09 Nov 2014

Eastern Ghouta, Syria
November 2014

A Free Syrian Army (FSA) group took over the civil status registry near Damascus. The official building contains documents such as birth certificates, identity card application forms and marriage contracts.

FSA fighters claim that they moved the documents through tunnels to a safe location after discovering that part of them has been damaged by the fighting.

This footage shows the battle to take over the civil status office near Damascus and the official building from the inside. A large amount of personal status documents can be seen, some of them torn.

Fighters can be seen in the video carrying large bags of documents through tunnels.

Shot List

1 Wide of fighter shooting through hole.
2 Wide of fighters running to re-position.
3 Wide of fighters taking cover.
4 Medium of fighter shooting through hole.
5 Wide of fighters taking cover.
6 Wide of shooting machine gun mounted on vehicle.
7 Wide of smoke.
8 Wide of destroyed buildings.
9 Various of fighters running/ walking amid rubble

10 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) FSA commander Abu al-Jud

"We took over the civil registry office and the mosque. We advanced from the right side and took over Lamees area, and we also took over the Mazda company building. We are now very close to the municipality."

11 Close up of sign “Store” 12 Close up sign “Documents Certification”
13 Close up of writing on wall.
14 Close up of computers.
15 Close up of writing on wall.
16 Close up of ID cards.
17 Wide of inside building.
18 Various ID application forms for ID.
19 Close of birth certificate.
20 Various of torn documents.
21 Close up of broken ID, spent bullets on the floor.
22 Close up of IDs on the floor.
23 SOUNDBITE (Arabic. Man) FSA commander Mufid Abdel Hadi

"After liberating the civil registry office, we realized the importance of the documents that the regime tried to burn. We informed special committees about the documents and they confirmed that we need to recover them. We dug underground tunnels with the help of fighters and we took the documents to a safe place."

24 Medium of men taking documents out of bags
25 Close up of fighter taking documents out of bag.

26 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) FSA commander Abu al-Jud

“Some of these documents are burnt.”

27 Wide of registry books.
28 Various of torn documents.
29 Wide of fighters carrying bags through tunnel.
30 Various of documents.
31 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Uabada, Member of pro-opposition Legal Office

"We are now in the civil registry office for Damascus and its rural areas. We are at the front line of Erbeen, since it has been liberated by the fighters. The office is always a target for shelling and bombing by the regime. We found many important documents such as birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, and civil documents for people from Damascus and its rural areas. Not only for inhabitants of Erbeen, but also those from Kalamoon, Haramoon, and al-Yarmouk camp."

32 Various of fighters walking through tunnel.

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Inside the Last Rebel Bastion of Homs
Homs, Syria
By Mohannad
27 Oct 2014

Hay al-Waer, Homs, Syria
October 27, 2014

Children and adults in the besieged suburb of Hay al-Waer, one of the last neighborhoods in Homs to remain under opposition control, show their defiance in the face of aerial bombardment and deprivation. Children hold signs sending messages of peace to the world and adults express their frustration at what they feel is their abandonment at the hands of the international community. Their messages emphasize a disdain for violence and the desire for education and a better, more peaceful world.

Shot List:

00:00 – 00:06
Pan left movement shows two young girls running around near partially destroyed houses.

00:07 – 00:12

Medium shot shows the same girls playing with a cat.

00:13— 00:47

A small number of civilians stand on both sides of the road. Children wearing colored paper hats hold cardboard banners.

The banners, written in Arabic, read:

“The Civil Assembly in Homs – the Administrative Committee; Freedom Race; Hay al-Waer.” “UN Security Council Resolution 2153 ?????” “Our children are without shelter, without protection.” “Together we build international civilization” (written in English). “For the price of a rocket, build a school, a hospital or an orphanage.”

00:33 – 01:46

More young children stand on the roadside holding protest banners. The banners read:

“We are being killed with the weapons of the regime, 'Halesh' [a derogatory term for Hezbollah that echoes Daesh, the Arabic acronym for ISIS] and the [US-lead international] coalition.”

“In our concentration camp, we love life.”

“We still stand together, we get our freedom” (written in English).

“For the price of a bullet, buy a pen.”

“Our children are the children of humanity – don’t forget” (written in English).

02:22 – 02:47

Pan right movement shows partially destroyed buildings in the distance.

03:21 – 03:32
Pan right movement inside a house shows heavy destruction. Rubble and wrecked furniture cover the floor.

03:33 – 03:46
Pan right movement inside a house shows a hole in the wall and torn curtains.

Interviews

00:48 – 01:32 (Two men, Arabic):

“This is where the airplane bombed this morning. This building is full of civilians, from top to bottom. They are all refugees.

Look at the rabbits – even rabbits were not safe from Bashar al-Assad! He killed them all.”

The same man holds dead rabbits by the ears, saying sarcastically:

“These were carrying weapons and standing on the frontline.”

Another man holds two other dead rabbits:

“Oh dear Lord! This is a mother and her offspring.”

He goes on, mocking the regime’s propaganda about fighters receiving aid from foreign countries:
“This one is from Qatar, and this one from Saudi Arabia – they sent them to us. Arab countries will also send us chicks, but they still haven’t arrived.”

The cameraman replies sarcastically: “The [rabbits’] mother is from Turkey.”

01:47 – 02:21 (Man, Arabic. Intermittent shelling can be heard in the background.)

“We have been under siege in Hay al-Waer for more than a year. The Prophet, peace be upon him, migrated only once. We migrated three times; the first time we left Khalidiya [a neighborhood in Homs], the second time we were displaced from al-Jazira al-Sabi’a and the third time from al-Jazira al-Sadisa after we were bombed by warplanes today.

We call upon Muslims – we call upon God first and then Muslims – and say that we are under siege here in Hay al-Waer. We do not have a grain of salt. You have to understand this – not even a grain of salt. We hope for help from God first and then Muslims.”

02:48 – 03:20 (Man, Arabic. A Heavily destroyed building can be seen in the background)

“We have been under siege for a year and a half. The Assad regime is following a policy of starvation and bombing that Israel uses. [The regime] is laying siege on the refugees in Hay al-Waer. It bombed us with explosive barrels and missiles. There is no doubt that [the regime] is implementing an Israeli policy. Israel used to bomb refugees in Gaza and other areas with explosive barrels. We are tired of calling upon the world to help us, because no one is doing anything for us.”

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Kobane: FSA Faction Joins Fight Again...
Kobane
By TTM Contributor 4
05 Oct 2014

October 5-6, 2014
Kobane, Syria

The frontlines in the city of Kobani/Ain al-Arab where several FSA battalions have a arrived from different fronts to fight along side the Kurdish fighters defending the city against IS. This footage was shot on the edges and inside the city of Kobane on the 5th and 6th of October, 2014.

Shot List
1- statement of formation of the joint operations room under the name of Tigris Volcano
2- shot if fighters from the Al kasas Army
3- shots of clashes between Al Kasas army and IS
4- shot of a fighter firing an RPG during the clashes
4- shots of clashes with light and medium weapons
5- shots of fighters from Al Kasas army heading to the clashes area
6- shots of snipers and sniper activity
7- shots of clashes with IS

interviews and transcripts:

00:03-00:27 "In the name of God, the merciful, the almighty, he said: 'be united under God and do not be dispersed. Remember God's graces, for you are only enemies if you are so in your heart, but with God's grace you will be brothers.' The formation of a joint operations room under the name of Tigris Volcano is meant to stand against the injustice of the Baghdadi Mobs (IS)."

01:40-01:52 (Abu Abdallah) Commander of the Al Kasas battalion: "This is the formation of a unified operations room is meant to merge and organize operations. Of course, as he said in the statement, we are going to liberate Menbej, Raqqa and it's outskirts in the direction of Deir Ez Zour, God willing."

01:52-02:40 (Abu Abdallah) Commander of the Al Kasas battalion: "Of course the city of Ain al-Arab is a Syrian city and it's people are Syrian. We are fighting on Syrian soil and protecting the Syrian people. We are like those fighting in Qalamoun and Deraa and Ghouta, Idlib and Aleppo. God forbid, if we are forced to do a certain thing [retreat], we will go to another place and deploy our forces in more than one place and we will fight them everywhere. We will fight them to the last breath.
We have not received any support from the the government, or the Coalition, or the FSA, or their joint staff, or anyone at all. Be it through men, or gear or ammunition, we have not received anything at all, as if we are not part of the FSA

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Young Syrian Lenses
Aleppo
By Ruben Lagattolla
24 Sep 2014

Date: April 2014
Length: 52'
English Subtitles
NSV available

Since the beginning of the Syrian Revolution, Aleppo rebels have relentlessly documented events on the ground through their media outlet halabnews.com, providing footage for top international broadcasters. This documentary film approaches the media arm of the Syrian resistance where war photographer Enea Discepoli, who attempted to organize a photo exhibition in Old Aleppo with media activists from Halab News media, left off. Crossing the border, photographs in-hand, they would soon find that conditions on the ground made their exhibition impossible. This story similarly aims to see through the lenses of these young Syrian media activists, to witness the Syrian tragedy unfolding since 2011. Told through interviews, facts given by reporters, and through filmed first-hand accounts of the tragedies unfolding on the ground; the film seeks to put the viewer directly beside these Young Syrian Lenses. Military operations unfold on camera, however, the film also engages the Aleppo Local Council which is the only democratic hope for the population.

This journey alongside a group of young, hopefully media activists is told through images rather than narration. At the same time, the film prefers considering the human condition instead of high-impact military imagery that too often let the viewer forget the humanitarian tragedy of war.

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Eyes On the Ground: FSA Spotters Netw...
Idlib Province
By TTM Contributor 9
23 Sep 2014

September 18, 2014
Idlib Province, Syria

Since the start of the Syrian war, groups of civilians have quietly monitored the movements of Bashar al-Assad’s forces in order to assist the armed opposition to the Syrian government. Known as "Spotters", their ranks include children and they monitor an area stretching from Quneitra to the Syrian-Turkish border.

According to some, it all started with individual efforts until these spotters became connected to each other through support stations. The spotters monitor the movements of the Syrian regime’s forces on the ground and in the air.
The air spotters monitor the movements of Assad’s air force on hand-held devices that specifically spy on pilots and airport terminals. They then inform fighters on the ground of the plane’s direction and its target. They follow up on the aircraft’s aerial activities to monitor and often confront them.

“Front Spotters” refers to those who monitor the movement of ground forces. They work on the front lines and in battles to keep abreast of enemy movements. They spy on the enemy’s activities and the movement of vehicles and soldiers, and provide targets for mortars and cannons.

Shots List:
1- Shots of the youngest spotter in the region, Ali Badran, aged 15, who has been monitoring for almost six months. He followed in the footsteps of his father who worked as a spotter before ceding his place to his son.
2- Shots of the spotter Ali Badran with his father as he monitors on the top of Zawiya Mountain in the Idlib countryside.
3- Interview with the spotter Ahmad Badran Abu Ali during which he talks about the start of his work, his gradual advance, how his son got involved in the field and how he sees his work.
4- Close-up and medium shots of Ahmad Badran during the interview with him.
5- Shots of Ahmad Badran and his son sitting on top of Zawiya Mountain in the Idlib countryside.
6- Interview with Ali Badran, the youngest spotter who is just 15 years old, during which he talks about his work, studies, the importance of his work, and why he dropped out of school to work in monitoring.
7- Close-up and medium shots of the youngest spotter Ali Badran.
8- Shots of the spotter Abu Khaled on the roof of his house where he refused to talk to the camera.
9- Wide, medium and close-up shots of the spotters Jamal Deebo and Abu Bahr, positioned on the highest hill peak in Maarrat al-Nu’man, covering Wadi Eldaif area and the Hamadia Camp from the Maarrat al-Nu’man side.
10- Interview with the spotter Jamal Deebo during which he talks about his work, its importance, and the difficulties he encounters.
11- Interview with the spotter Abu Bahr who works on the western front of Maarrat al-Nu’man during which he talks about his work, its mechanisms and importance, and the challenges they face given the shortage of equipment and support.
12- Shots of Mutaa’ AlQassem, the commander of one of the Martyrs of Syria Brigades and a fighter on Camp Wadi Eldaif’s front in the southern Idlib Countryside.
13- Interview with Mutaa’ AlQassem, the commander of one of the Martyrs of Syria Brigades during which he talks about the spotters, their importance to the front fighters, their types and work mechanisms.
14- Shots of Mutaa’ AlQassem, the commander of one of the Martyrs of Syria Brigades and a fighter on Camp Wadi Eldaif’s front in the southern Idlib Countryside.
15- Interview with the spotter Muhammad Abu Abdullah from Maarshamsha Town in the Southern Idlib Countryside who is a military spotter on the front, during which he talks about his work, its mechanisms, how to pick up the enemy’s signals and deal with the information he gets from the hand held devices, and the difficulties he encounters.
16- Close-up and medium shots of Abu Abdullah during his interview.
17- Interview with Abu Abdullah continues as he talks about his work with the Syrian Army in monitoring.
18- Close-up and medium shots of Abu Abdullah inside his own spotter on Wadi Eldaif’s front in the southern Idlib countryside.
19- Shots of Abu Abdullah while working on the handpieces.
20- Shots of Abu Abdullah on the front line correcting to the fighters the targets of the missiles launched on Wadi Eldaif and shots of Wadi Eldaif’s where Al Assad’s forces are positioned and considered surrounded for more than two years.
21- Wide and medium shots of Omar Ibrahim AlJaban (Abu Uday) Commander of The Martyr Sheikh Abdul Waris Battalion in the Nation Brigade in Edlib Countryside that works in Wadi Eldaif and Hamadia Camp.
22- Interview with Abu Uday during which he talks about the fighting places, the spotters and their importance for the fighters on the ground, and the difficulties they encounter.
23- Close up shots of Abu Uday during the interview.
24- Close up, medium and wide shots of Abu Uday with the fighters in his battalion in their camp on the Wadi Eldaif front.

Soundbites
Starts at 00:34
Ali: How are you?
Other man: I hear you, over
Ali: Where are you? How’s the situation at your end?
Ali: Calling for Sham, Sham how is the situation?
Sham: There is only one aircraft hovering.
Ali: The war in Hama has not ended yet. The pig said it had but he’s a liar and a deceiver. Be cautious, the war has not ended yet.
Sham: I see two helicopters with barrel bombs
Ali: There are two helicopters with barrel bombs coming from Hama, brace yourselves and be cautious.
Ends at 01:22

Starts at 01:31
Man: Badran, Badran
Badran: I hear you, brother
Man: How are you Abu Ali?
Badran: May God Protect you
Badran: I go with my colleagues, and monitor the battle for a day, or two or even three, I have no problem. Now my son, Spotter Ali Badran nicknamed The Young Badran monitors the area while I work and try to make a living.
Badran: Hello
Man: Hello
Badran: When they talk about him I feel proud because he’s doing all he can to help in Jihad, this is his capacity.
Ends at 02:09

Starts at 02:22
Ali: I monitor the area and I help by sending warnings to the brothers to avoid the barrel bombs. I am 15 years old and I am in grade 9. I am in grade 9 but I will not attend my classes because of the situation and because schools will not open their doors. We have to fight in the name of God. This is what God called Jihad.
Ends at 02:55

Starts at 03:02
Ali: What do I do? For example an aircraft just left Hama, when it leaves he sends me signals and riddles, he says pines for example. Now the riddles we use have been changed and I’m trying to learn and memorize them step by step. For example when an aircraft leaves Hama I send warnings to the fronts of Northern Hama Countryside, the Southern Front, Khattab, Muri, Kifirzeity. I send warning to the liberated areas and the fronts.
Ends at 03:31

Starts at 03:35
Ali: My plans? I hope I have state-of-the-art equipments that are more developed than those the other spotters use so that my voice reaches Al Qalamoun, Aleppo, Ar-Raqqah, Latakia and all fronts.
Ends at 03:57

Starts at 04:01
Jamal Deebo: okay Abu Yasser.
Man: tell them there is a checkpoint on the road
Abu Bahr: I see soldiers moving next to the checkpoint
Ends at 04:15

Starts at 04:19
Abu Bahr: okay, God bless you
Ends at 04:22

Starts at 04:25
Abu Bahr: it’s clear, all clear
Ends at 04:27

Starts at 04:46
Abu Bahr: Abu Bahr here, I hear you, over
Man: How are you?
Abu Bahr: Great
Ends at 04:57

Starts at 05:01
Jamal Deebo: At each moment and each second you find us working to serve the fighters on the fronts and to serve the civilians in their houses and towns. As you can see, aircraft are constantly hovering and towns and villages are always showered with missiles and shells, from the far Karm Al Hawajez targeted by airports, long range cluster missiles and ground-to-ground missiles.
We are noticing that anyone with no job is becoming a spotter. Unfortunately this is a mistake we are making. It is a huge mistake we are making. We are supposed to organize the work because as you know spotters are the best weapon we have right now. Tanks and missiles would be useless without a spotter. Intruders cannot do their job without spotters who clear their way.
Ends at 06:06

Starts at 06:12
Abu Bahr: Our spotter is a part of a network that covers an area stretching from Daraa to the Syrian Turkish borders. I work here on these fronts from Hama’s airport to the area I told you about. We send warnings to the civilians and the fighters on the ground who are the rebels about the aircrafts, missiles, shells. Civilians go to the shelters while the fighters prepare themselves to the battle. This is what we do as spotters.
Ends at 06:44

Starts at 06:47
Abu Bahr: I used to serve in the army’s signal battalion. A fight is pointless without a sign, wherever it takes place. We have very simple equipment.
Ends at 06:57

Starts at 07:01
Man: During the battle I was searching with Fouad for Hammoud
Ends at 07:06

Starts at 07:15
Mutaa’ AlQassem: We have two types of spotters that serve our interests. Air spotters and Front spotters who have stations just like us. The first spotters, who are air spotters, send a warning from the moment the plane takes off by saying: aircraft take off from Hama’s airport for example. The spotter defines the location of the pilot as his work station location. This is when all the campers and all the rebels take precautions. And when a plane takes off without a notice, the spotter warns all the fronts that the aircraft took off and the pilot did not send a notice.
Ends at 08:34

Starts at 08:39
Mutaa’ AlQassem: The second spotter is the one at the front. He is a camping spotter who monitors the movements of the soldiers and their vehicles. He also has listening devices to spy on them. For example if the spotters on the eastern front see soldiers in a certain area and building, they have to deal with the situation.
Muhammad Abu Abdullah: For him and his fellow campers. I’ve been a spotter for two years
Interviewer: And what did you do for a living before that?
Muhammad: I was a concrete worker. As you can see we have hand devices that belong to the army. We saved the frequencies the army uses. After thorough research we managed to reveal these frequencies. Each time we reveal a frequency and know it is used in our area or in other areas such al Hamdiya or Jdar ElKheder we save it. We try to save them in order, the Emmay frequency has other 5 sub frequencies, so we save them together, this makes it easy for us to switch between frequencies. The army has state-of-the-art equipment. This is how we can manage to be as fast as them in switching between frequencies. We save the frequencies of one area on one device. We spy on all the talks and all the targets and warn the other guys on the front. An Air spotter is not located near the front, he is usually far from the fronts in an area he deems fit and has equipment to monitor aircrafts. He might be able to listen to the army’s frequencies; however his work is concentrated on the aircraft frequencies. He reports the movement of the aircraft, their possible targets and the airport they are heading to.
Ends at 10:48

Starts at 11:00
Man: we hear you
Muhammad Abu Abdullah: for all the brothers filling bags, the pigs can see you and are preparing an attack but I can’t know where they are. They are talking about you. Be cautious. May God protect you.
Ends at 11:20

Starts at 11:27
Muhammad: Brothers on the western front, God protect you.
Ends at 11:40

Starts at 12:10
Interviewer: How old are you?
Abu Uday: 79 years old. My brother was responsible of this area. He died in the Al Marsous battle. Thank God spotters are very beneficial. There are air spotters and ground spotters that monitor the army’s movements. Spotters have warned fighters on the ground more than a dozen times of the army’s attacks. These attacks would be lethal were it not for the spotters on the fronts who warn the fighters of the army’s movements, the fighters would have died. Spotters on the fronts have saved the fighters more than a dozen times. Air spotters also play a key role when they report an aircraft taking off from Hama’s airport, we take precautions and stand ready to fight.
Ends at 13:55

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Renewed FSA Offensive Against IS near...
Aleppo Province
By TTM Contributor 4
22 Sep 2014

September 19-20, 2014
FSA front lines, in Northern Aleppo Province

In the lead up to possible American strikes in Syria, the Free Syrian Army has launched a renewed offensive against ISIS in northern Aleppo province. The FSA frontier extends for 70 KM from the town of Shaeer, in the south, to the Syrian-Turkish border in the north. Managed by Nahrawan al-Sham operation room, the FSA is using many light to heavy weaponry distributed along the frontier. ISIS is taking advantage of the gathering of FSA fighters to attack them with car bombs. This has forced the FSA to increase road blocks and searching points. The two sides continue to attack each other, as they have been for the past two months.

Sound Bites:
Sound Bite 1: (Man, Arabic)
Abu al-Abbas, Heavy weaponry brigade leader in the Nahrawan al-Sham operation room:
“We are now attacking ISIS locations from a 2400m distance with a locally made 90mm mortar. Thank God, we have a strong spirit and we are very motivated in the operation room”.

Sound Bite 2: (Man, Arabic)
Abu Maher, Field leader in Nahrawan operation room:
“We are now stationed in one of the attacking frontiers against ISIS. We are a part of the fighting groups located on the frontier, we are on the first line with ISIS. We are all one and we are all cooperating and working under the orders of the operation room. Throughout the night, many conflicts happen and, in the upcoming few days, there will be movement”.

Sound Bite 3: (Man, Arabic)
Abu al-Laith, a sector leader in the operation room:
“We are stationed and prepared to fight ISIS, we are working under one operation room and any move ISIS makes we will be ready to attack with mortars and heavy weaponry. The distance between us and them is 700 meters”.

Shot List:
Various shots of the fighters preparing the mortar to attack ISIS locations.
A shot of a locally made 90mm mortar firing towards ISIS locations.
Various shots of the fighters on the frontier where they fight ISIS.
Various shots of the FSA fighters aiming at ISIS with heavy weaponry.

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FSA Offensive Against IS near Aleppo
al-Sabit
By Abdu al-Fadel
21 Sep 2014

September 21, 2014
al-Sabit, Aleppo Province, Syria

After the battles between ISIS and the FSA, control of rural areas north of Aleppo went to ISIS, from (al-Raei) town to (Azaaz). ISIS now controls an area that runs from (al-Raei) south to the town of (Marei) and the villages of (Souran) and (Ehtemilat), ISIS now holds a straight line from (al-Bab) city in eastern Aleppo to the town of (Marea). where a number of opposition armed factions are now participating in the ongoing battle. to the east, fighters from the (Nour al-Din al-Zinki) movement in (Ehtimilat) and (Souran) are fighting along side fighters from the (Fajr al-Horeya) brigade, and the (Jaish al-Mojahideen), all affiliated to the FSA and the fighters of the (Islamic Front).
On the other hand lines are being formed and held in the town of (Raii) in northern rural Aleppo, where fighters from the (Islamic Front) have the biggest presence with fighters from (al-Nusra) brigade.
up till this moment the lines mentioned above are holding and no advances from any side were recorded. only mutual artillery fire is an indication to an active front.

Transcription:

Speaker: “Allahu Akbar. We are now in the northern area. The Free Syrian army is engaged in freeing the town of Al Sabit. We are standing next to the mosque of Al Sabit, fighting against Al-Baghdadi’s troops. With us now is the leader of this offensive. Abu Ali, tell us about this battle.”

Abu Ali: “Thanks be to God, who helped us come into this town, and we were thankfully able to free it from those dogs. Hopefully we’ll advance even further up into the town’s gate.”

Speaker: “These people are part of a gathering of the inhabitants of Al Sabit to free the town. Here with us is Abu Mahmoud. Abu Mahmoud, what comments do you have?”

Abu Mahmoud: “I’m not available for comment now.”

Speaker: “Hamid, what do you want to say about the current situation?”

Hamid: “When the bullets started to fire at my car with Abu Youssef inside, I tried to open the door, but they shut it and kept it closed with all of us inside.”

Speaker: “So we’re actually talking to Hamid, the living martyr. And now we’re with another fighter, Abu Youssef. Earlier we tried talking to him but he was called away. Now what do you have to say?”

Abu Youssef: “Whoever God blesses with long life will not be harmed no matter what. Hopefully God will protect us all. Allahu Akbar.”

Speaker: Now I’m crouching down to show the car that we escaped out of. No one can believe anyone came out of it alive, but we all did by the grace of God. Here is the car. Its tires were shot and the whole left side is full of bullet holes. Thanks be to God that we came out of it in safety. Here are more fighters working to free the town. Allahu Akbar.

Commander giving orders to soldiers: “We’re going to advance in groups of three. I’ll go first and no one ask any questions. Cover me. I’ll go and hide behind that tank. Follow me. Now go and hide next to those tires.

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FSA Expand Control of Golan Heights
Quneitra
By Abdu al-Fadel
17 Sep 2014

September 17, 2014
Al-Hamidiya, Golan, Syria

FSA fighters battle Syrian Army forces as they take the town of Al-Hamidiya, located on the Syrian-Israeli border in the Golan Heights. Included in the footage are shots of deserted Syrian Army barracks.

Transcript:

(0:13) We are wandering now inside one of the regime's barracks in al-Hamidiyah after the "Mujahideen" took it over. These are the fortifications that they were using, and you can see here the regime's leftovers. (0:39).

(1:04) Fighter #1: Thank God, we were able to completely free the town of al-Hamidiyah from the hands of the regime. [We won] thanks to the FSA fighters, along with other units fighting with us, and of our strategic location in Quneitra. We left the regime with huge losses in both number of soldiers killed and the amount of material lost. (1:52)

(1:53) Fighter #1: God willing, the military operations will not end until we free all the remaining territories held by the regime in Quneitra. This is likely because we are 1KM from downtown (2:10).

(2:24) Contributor: Clashes in the town of Al Hamidiyah (2:29).

(2:46) Fighter #2: After setting Al Hamidiyah free, we are looking forward to freeing the city of Baath, located on the frontline. We resisted some attacks from the regime, and, god willing, it will be free within days and the victory is near (3:18).

(3:19) Contributor: What kind of weapons were you using? Were there any attacks from the regime using heavy armored vehicles? (3:25).

(3:25) Fighter #2: The regime tried to break in many times from different areas, but, thanks to God, the FSA resisted and held the regime back (3:47).

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"Free" Syrian National Football Team
By ashgallagher
16 Jul 2014

June, 2014
Tripoli, Lebanon

As the war in Syria drags on, some Syrian defectors and refugees are choosing to fight with a football. Training in northern Lebanon, team members watched the 2014 World Cup games and were inspired - and now, they are determined to become the new representatives for a free Syrian national team. They are fervent in their Ramadan prayers by day and train with passion at night. We gain rare access to their world, how they live, and just how they hope to rise above the turmoil in their country through sport.

OPENING SHOT: GUYS SPREADING FSA FLAG 3-4 SECONDS/NATSOUND
SECOND SHOT: PLAYING W/ SOCCER BALL / WALK UP
---(CON'T VO)--- 01.15 My name is Nehad Saad al Dine from Homs. I came from Homs to Lebanon 2 years ago. I play with the national Free Syrian team
BUTT TO (OnCam) My house and my family, my brother were caught in shelling .

VO NOUR- SHOW NOUR WALKING THROUG SMALL CORRIDOR OUTSIDE.
1252 My name is Nour al din Khatan, I came from Homs Syria, I play with the Free Syrian team.

(VO --NOUR WALKING) ONCAM THEN TO VO - NEHAD PLAYING WITH FOOTBALL. ADJUSTING SHIRT ON THE HANGER
-SOT NEHAD:----1015 the regime doesn't distinguish people with the random shelling, we decided to continue with sports despite everything, we have martyrs. we lost our houses and we continue

ONCAM SOT NOUR THEN TO VO OF NEHAD/NOUR BEHIND THE WALL to VO OF THE BOYS BY THE FLAG
NOUR -- , i was visiting a relatives in Tripoli they told me about Nehad, they told me about the team and Nehad the coach , there's Nehad Said al Dieah who's running the Free Syrian team, so they told me "your are a player why don't you join them!"

VO OF NEHAD SHOWING TEAM PIX ON PHONE /ON CAM/ VO OF SHOES
NEHAD: // 1225 The team members work different jobs, so we can collect money from each other to rent stadiums and pay for uniforms, our players are professionals, they used to pay for professional teams in Syria

VO: OPEN STREET SHOTS AND W/ CALLS TO PRAYERS 3-4 SECONDS/ FADE TO NOUR GETTING READY to ON CAM TO IFTAR GATHERING
NOUR: // 1227 [[During Ramadan]] we spend our day: we wake up early, we bring things for the house, we bring things to break the fast and then we after we train for an hour, and then go back, we train again then we spend time with our friends, we pray. this is normal lifE

ON CAM/NEHAD 02.16.00 -- Thanks to God, we're managing our work, we are able to rent a stadium and buy uniformsNOUR: with our work, we are trying to rent a stadium,

VO OF BOYS W/ THE FLAG/ON CAM/EQUPTMT SHOTS
SOT NOUR: 0774 When the crises ends I want this team to represent all Syria, free Syria the independent Syria. To represent all Syria, not to JUST Damascus or Homs, but all Syria, God willing in the coming few years there will be national team no bribing and with no sectarianism and our team will move forward 2.59.23

VO OF IFTAR
ON CAM/NEHAD: we are facing many things here in lebanon, the regime still threatens us, the regime has a lot of allies and the players are in danger

FADE OUT/LAST SHOTS OF NIGHT FOOD/ BOMBING IN THE BACKGROUND OVER NIGHHT CITY SHOTS

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FSA Dig Tunnels in Aleppo
Aleppo
By Antonio-Pampliega
14 Jul 2014

Aleppo, Syria

FSA Rebels dig a tunnel in a secret location in Aleppo and then use it to blow up a key Syrian Army checkpoint. Ten fighters from Ahfad al-Morsalin Liwad brigade worked 24 hours/day for 22 days to dig the tunnel in order to be able to attack one of the most important Syrian Army checkpoints in Aleppo. The video features the rebels working in the tunnel and then blowing up the army checkpoint.

Interview 1:
“These are buildings that contain residents who are the snipers of the Iranian militias. It is all a military arsenal here, and that is why we are digging underneath it.”

Interview 2:
“The champions were able to control al-Tarraf checkpoint and to destroy the artillery there and here are the shells coming from al-Hamidiya towards the liberated checkpoint, and they were also able to destroy two tanks in al-Dahman checkpoint, we were able to kill some of the regime thugs and other were able to escape to nearby checkpoints."

Rebels walking in the tunnel
Rebels working in the tunnel
Rebels digging with shovels
Rebels places light
Rebels digging with machine
Rebel placing stones in a box
The platform with stones moves along the rails
A rebel works at the top of the tunnel
stones machine digging earth
A rebel talking in the tunnel
Tunnel Explosion
A rebel talking outside of the tunnel

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Civil Defense Units in Aleppo Dig Chi...
Aleppo
By Antonio-Pampliega
14 Jul 2014

May 30, 2014
Aleppo, Syria

Civil Defense Units in Aleppo attempt to rescue a young boy trapped under the rubble of building hit by a barrel bomb. Using shovels and pick axes, they eventually find the boy, but he is dead.

The Civil Defense Units are one the only emergency services left in Aleppo that are somewhat capable of offering help in the wake of bomb attacks and other war related incidents.

Interview:
"The number of people in Hanano center are 29 members and there are five centers in Aleppo. We work as shifts, we are divided into groups and we take shifts so there are people working 24/7. Barrel bombs are being dropped, approximately 20-30 barrel bomb are being dropped everyday on Aleppo, and missiles, and for the last month-and-a-half they are dropping barrel bombs at night also. We formed the civil defense team that does the mission of searching and rescuing people, if a building falls apart and there are people alive buried underneath it, our job is to remove the rubble so we can save lives."

Shot List:

Team members of Civil Defense roam the streets of Bab Al-Nerb
The crew removed the debris
Neighbors help removing debris and searching for the missing
Detail of ruined house
Dirt and debris removed
Team members open a hole in the wall of a room
Removed debris from the hole
An excavator helps the team of civil defense
The excavator removes stones
Team members looking for the boy and dug with shovels

One member indicated the excavator moves
The blade of the bulldozer removes the stones
Team members work looking for child boy
They find the body
The father cries
Neighbors try to comfort the father
The members of the civil defense work still removing the debris
They take the child's body and looking for a car to take him to hospital
Interview with a member of the civil defense unit

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

lunch break for the sandwich. Many of these children have survived more than two years under the bombings in cities like Homs or Aleppo

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

Two brothers enjoying a class days after arriving to Lebanon

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

Due to the dedication of Father Elyen Nasrallah, priest of the Greek Catholic Parish Church of Qaa, more than 250 children aged from 3 to 12 years living in tents, can receive primary education and health care.

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

A girl is engaged in the French lesson. They also study English and Arabic as co-official languages ​​of the Lebanese education system

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

School starts at 3 pm. There are very few teachers in the town and they work in the public school up in the morning.

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

The school for refugee children in Qaa is one of three schools that hosts child refugees in the area. The other two schools are in no man's land territory

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

Almost every day the children receive a caloric suplement as biscuits or sandwich and fruit juice during the afternoon

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

The nursery. There are 70 Syrian children aged from 3 to 6 years divided in two classrooms

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

The school for refugee children in Qaa (Lebanese-Syrian border) was the first school to receive Syrian children at the beginning of the conflict. Due to the dedication of Father Elyen Nasrallah, priest of the Greek Catholic Parish Church of Qaa and the support of international organizations such as L'Oeuvre d'Orient and L'IECD (Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement), more than 250 children aged from 3 to 12 years living in tents on "no-man’s land" between the Syrian and Lebanese frontier posts, known as Mashari El Qaa, can receive primary education and participate in several activities such as the Christmas party, mother's day, etc.. They arrived fleeing the battles from northern Syria, and many have lost some of their relatives.

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

Monthly medical examination at the public school. In general all the children are in good health

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa (Lebanon-Syrian border) Bekaa Valley
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

The school for refugee children in Qaa (Lebanese-Syrian border) was the first school to receive Syrian children at the beginning of the conflict. Due to the dedication of Father Elyen Nasrallah, priest of the Greek Catholic Parish Church of Qaa and the support of international organizations such as L'Oeuvre d'Orient and L'IECD (Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement), more than 250 children aged from 3 to 12 years living in tents on "no-man’s land" between the Syrian and Lebanese frontier posts, known as Mashari El Qaa, can receive primary education and participate in several activities such as the Christmas party, mother's day, etc.. They arrived fleeing the battles from northern Syria, and many have lost some of their relatives.

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School for refugee children in Qaa (...
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

The school for refugee children in Qaa (Lebanese-Syrian border) was the first school to receive Syrian children at the beginning of the conflict. Due to the dedication of Father Elyen Nasrallah, priest of the Greek Catholic Parish Church of Qaa and the support of international organizations such as L'Oeuvre d'Orient and L'IECD (Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement), more than 250 children aged from 3 to 12 years living in tents on "no-man’s land" between the Syrian and Lebanese frontier posts, known as Mashari El Qaa, can receive primary education and participate in many cultural activities . They arrived fleeing the battles from northern Syria, and many have lost some of their relatives.

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Tunnels of Aleppo
By Antonio-Pampliega
11 Jul 2014

May 29-June 2, 2014
Aleppo, Syria

FSA Fighters dig a tunnel in a secret location in Aleppo and then use it to blow up a key Syrian Army checkpoint. Ten fighters from Ahfad al-Morsalin Liwad brigade worked 24 hours per day, for 22 days to dig the tunnel. The tunnel was then used to attack one of the most important Syrian Army checkpoints in Aleppo. These photos show the digging process and the moment of the attack on the Syrian Army checkpoint.

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FSA Liberates Checkpoints in Maarat A...
Maarat Al-Noaman , Idlib, Syria
By TTM Contributor 10
08 Jul 2014

Units of the FSA and the opposition have announced their desire to liberate checkpoints in Idlib. A wide variety of artillery was used in the battle over the checkpoints, including anti-tank missiles, tanks, and canons. The rebels raided al-Tarraf checkpoint and liberated it from government control after destroying two tanks and capturing another, along with a large amount of munitions. The fighters also destroyed tanks in al-Dahman and al-Madajen, and killed and injured dozens of government fighters. Meanwhile, the town of Kfaroumah and the surrounding area has been bombarded by government airstrikes leaving eight rebels dead and many more injured.

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Clashes between ISIL and FSA allied w...
By TTM Contributor 9
01 Jul 2014

Clashes between the ‘Majiles Shoura’ brigade and ISIL in the city of Al-Bukamal. The Majles Shoura brigade is a collective group of fighters from eastern Syria consisting of members from Jabhat al-Nusra, the Free Syrian Army and other Islamic fronts.

The video includes two interviews with militants in Al-Bukamal who deny that ISIL has gained control over the city. The last updates from the frontline said that ISIL had requested backup from Iraq and had been provided with 15 pieces of military equipment. Majles Shoura themselves received 50 pieces of military equipment and were able to drive ISIL out of the city.
ISIL took most of the city but fighting is ongoing.

Interview 1 - Fighter of the ‘Majles Shoura’ brigade:

‘We are coming to fight ISIL. Some of the brothers in Jabhet Al Nusra pledged their allegiance to ISIL and we cannot accept this. So we told them, 'those who leave their weapons are safe, and those who stay in their homes are also safe, and those who enter the mosques are safe.' This is because they are our brothers and families, so hopefully we will not have to fight them.

Interview 2 - Fighter in the ‘Majles Shoura’ brigade

We were able to surround the headquarters of ISIL. They had their [ISIL’s] members at the entrance. When they saw us, they ran away to these farms [pointing] and then, thank God, we were able to regain control over the entrance of their headquarters. Most of the rats are now hiding in their holes

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Center of Medical support in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
18 Jun 2014

Syrian refugees waiting in the medical center at the village of Kaa, the Syrian Lebanese border. The parish of Ka´a is helping refugees on the border with medical and emergency supplies and consultations in the health center. Inside no man´s land they are providing vaccines, food and basic kits.

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Syrians in Opposition-Held Idlib Con...
Idlib
By TTM Contributor 9
03 Jun 2014

June 3, 2014
Rural Idlib, Syria

Residents and FSA fighters in rural, opposition-held Idlib discuss the the Syrian Presidential election and condemn it as illegitimate.

Ahmad (resident):
“Seven years ago I voted for Bashar al-Assad with my blood. We were ignorant, look, this is my home, I used to work day and night for 400 Syrian pounds [8$ at the time]. I had debts and I am very poor. After these three years my house is gone, my family’s house is destroyed. We do not know what to say to him [Bashar al Assad]. What election is he talking about after he destroyed the homes and widowed the women? And after children suffered terror from the Mig missiles? What election is he talking about?”

Abu Mohamad (FSA fighter):
“Concerning the people participating in the election, they are traitors just like Bashar. They participated in killing the Syrian people. They are the ones who sold the souls and the blood of Syrians, they sold their land to Bashar al-Assad and his people”.

Khaled (FSA fighter):
“The person who votes for Bashar is exactly similar to the soldier who is killing us and dropping bombs on us. Whoever votes for Bashar, sold his land and his blood and primarily his religion”.

Abu Youssef (FSA fighter):
“Concerning Idlib province, I have heard that they have food baskets near the polling stations. Each person who votes gets a food basket, each person who votes for this dictator who practiced all types of torture on us”.

Khalil (FSA fighter):
“The election is this weapon, how are we going to vote with the planes above us firing at us?”

Abu Uday (resident):
“This election has no base, where are the people who will vote? He is dropping barrel bombs on us everyday”.

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Syrians in Opposition-Held Damascus S...
al-Hajar al-Aswad, Damascus, Syria
By Rame ALsayaed
31 May 2014

May 31, 2014
al-Hajar al-Aswad, Damascus, Syria

Residents in the southern Damascus suburb of al-hajar al-Aswad give their opinion on the Syrian Presidential Election. Many of them voice disdain at the electoral process and declare their intention to boycott the election.

Samer, FSA fighter:
"What elections! There are elections in Syria? We haven’t heard of any elections? Do we even have electricity to hear about elections? Explosions, barrel bombs, firing and shooting, that’s the area of al-Hajar al-Aswad, no food, nothing. We need two hours to get a bit of water and you are asking me about elections."

Abu Hussein, Citizen:
"Unethical, Illegal elections do not relate to any Syrian citizen. The killing that happened here in Syria is not acceptable to anybody and we are against the elections in every way possible. Any person who votes is considered an enemy of religion and humanity in honor of the lives that were taken here in Syria and the properties that were destroyed over the heads of their owners."

Abu Arab, FSA commander:
"The elections are a big failure. The Syrian regime represented by Bashar al-Assad is illegitimate, and has been illegitimate for over 40-50 years, not only now. We don't want elections, we want Bashar’s head."

Abu Mohamad, Citizen:
"I will not vote for anybody, ever."

Interviewer: Why won’t you vote?

Abu Mohamad:
"My children are all dead, who would I vote for and why."

Ammar Issa, Surgeon:
"What elections are you talking about with the barrel bombs dropping everyday, the hunger that we have been suffering from for over a year and a half, the million and a half refugees, and the nine million internally displaced Syrians? What elections are you talking about?"

Saddam al-Zir, FSA fighter:
"Through all of this fear and all that is happening he [Bashar al-Assad] is sieging people, starving them, and dropping barrel bombs. He is forcing people to vote for him, but elections don’t happen that way, the country has to be in complete peace for elections to happen in a legitimate way."

Jassem, Citizen:
"This election is an historic scandal. How will it happen when 90% of Syrian territory is out of the regime’s control? There are ten million refugees and six million internal refugees, what elections are they talking about?"

Wael, Citizen:
"It is weird that while they say there are elections going on, we are still getting barrel bombs dropped on us. We are still suffering from shelling and bombing, how can there be elections in a country that lacks safety, security, and justice and where thugs attack the weak? If any elections are happening it is a lie, a big lie. Many people are now refugees and many men are imprisoned, but no matter what, Bashar will be taken down. Even if he wins these elections, he will be taken down."

Ahmed, FSA fighter:
He [Bashar al-Assad] will definitely win this election, but we do not acknowledge him or his government."

Khaled, Citizen:
"This election is a lie. All we have is barrel bombs dropped on us, raped women in prisons, blood and killing. We don’t acknowledge him [Bashar al-Assad] or his government."

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Woman FSA Brigade Leader - Idleb Prov...
By Transterra Editor
29 Apr 2014

(00:00 - 07:02) April 11, 2014 (07:03 - 17:33) April 17, 2014

Abu Dhour, Syria

Soad Gheyari lives in the village of Abu Dhour in rural Idleb Province. A forty year old woman, she leads "Jabal Al Zaweya" Brigade, a part of "The Syrian Martyrs", an FSA brigade that fights in the northwest of Syria.
Unlike the majority of Abu Dhour citizens who fled the civil war to Turkey, she decided to join the FSA and defend the land.
She is known as Um Joseph, a character in the famous Syrian TV series, Bab Al Hara. A brave woman who chose to join the Syrian revolution against the French colonial rule and help the rebels. It has been three years since Soad has heard from her family. She used to live with her mother, brothers, and sisters. Now she is dedicating her days to logistics to ensures the continuity of the revolution. She cooks for the fighters and participates in battles against the government forces to bring the downfall of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, she says.

Transcript:
00:00
We are fighters and I have a brigade. I fought and bled with these fighters because there aren’t enough men. They escaped their land and country and went to Turkey. They left the land and the nation and the country and settled in Turkey for safety while I stayed to liberate our land from the “Shabiha” thugs. At the railway and to the left are all thugs. We attacked them and laid siege to them in their areas. We killed some and others ran away. Thank God for our victory. I couldn’t sit at home while men were escaping. I went out and fought with the soldiers. I contributed to the battles and the attacks. We’re hanging in here. So “Bashar,” you should watch your back. We’re coming for you. This land is ours and this country is ours and honor is ours.

Do you live here alone?

Yes the men come here, they eat and leave, I don’t let them stay, I leave them and go home to cook for them. Then I go back there.

They don’t sleep here?

No they don’t, I worry about them staying here. It is dangerous.

And do you sleep here?

Yes I sleep here.

You worry about them and not about yourself?

Yes of course because they’re more important than me. They are fighters. They should not die. The snitches here, the thugs, they know that this is my house. They target it, that is why I sleep in the room inside and the fighters sleep elsewhere.

Are there any inhabitants here in the area?

Only a few. FSA mostly
02:49
03:24 Bashar, I wish you can face me, only me. Syria is either mine, or yours. You’ve been around for over forty years, torturing us in every way possible, and when we demanded freedom only with words, you drop barrel bombs on us. You keep saying terrorists. Why didn’t you lock the borders so terrorists won’t get in? You drop barrel bombs on us and kill our children and your excuse is the terrorists. Syria is either ours or yours. Didn’t you say Syria is yours? Fine, come fight us. You keep hiding, like a virus. If you were brave we would have seen you in the field fighting.
04:33
05:04 Syrian men shouldn’t give up on their land. God will not forgive you if you do. God will not forgive whoever left his country and didn’t help his brothers here in Syria. You ran away from war but you didn’t run away from God. Help your brothers here. Every blood drop from the martyrs, Bashar is going to pay for it.
05:45
06:36
The soldiers who are fighting along0side Bashar, our children, why are they doing this? Why are they still fighting for him? We’re fighting for our land, country, and honor, while he’s fighting for the chair. Are these soldiers fighting for the chair also? Isn’t this your country and your land?
07:01
07:20 How are you?

I’m fine, thank God. When you come here and you don’t find me don’t leave before you look for me.
I did but I couldn’t find you
I’m always around. I went to where the fighters are and when I came back and my car was ruined so I had to go fix it.
I asked about you and they told me that your car isn’t here so you must be away
My car was ruined and I had to go fix it. Nobody is helping me, and I need a car. The women here in the village were begging me to help them. People were injured and I had to go transfer them back and forth and I also have the fighters to take care of. We need help, I need help. I need a car, or at least some help to get a car. The day before yesterday I got called to help. I was in Turkey with Riad Asaad. We were supposed to go to Istanbul to see Ahmad al Jarba. We were having lunch and they told me, "Soad” you need to go with us to see Ahmad al Jarba.
When was that?

About 3 or 4 days ago.
You were in turkey?
Yes I was in turkey. Then we went to the camps. They asked me what I needed. I told them I needed help, so they told me go meet with Al Jarba and tell him that Abu Dhoor is under siege and the ones controlling the Abu Dhoor airport, they needs help the most.
I need a car, at least to rescue people, mostly while we're transferring an injured person. Either we run out of gas or we get a flat tire, and I have a human in the car with me, a human that I need to save. While we were in Turkey, they kept telling me go at this time and come at that time, so I was like" what are you here to mock me? You wanted this meeting and you brought me from where I was staying. I just have two words to say to you. What I know is, whoever wants to help Syrians, should go to the field. You are all thieves and whoever is staying outside of Syria is a thief. Go to the field, go to the battles and see what people are doing with your own eyes.

-What was the reaction? As if you were speaking to this jar over here. Nothing. They say I’m right and you're right to ask that. But I don't want only words. I want actual deeds. 10:37
I just want to understand one thing. These soldiers, Al Assad soldiers, his dogs, why are they fighting? We are fighting or our land and honor, why are they fighting for him? If only I could understand.

Who are you addressing this to?
Everyone. Any Syrian. Any Syrian citizen who is living here now. Why are you fighting? He is fighting for his chair. It's understandable. Why are you fighting? You want sit on the chair too? How can you do this to your land and people? He is Iranian. We caught him and we know him. They've been ruling us for over 40 years and making us their slaves, and all this time we silent. But the minute we demand our freedom you drop barrel bombs on us. Isn't he a president of a country and a big deal? Why didn't he close all the paths so no one would interfere and have a conversation with his people? Why didn't you do that? Some people tell you Bashar al-Assad has nothing to do with it, and he's just a puppet controlled by Iran and… okay why didn't he announce it? If he comes out and announces it, and says that I have nothing to do with what’s going on, we will all protect him. But he didn't say that. He said "Syria is ours and it will remain ours". I contributed in the Homs battle.

When was that? 2012?
-No about 7 months ago, when they told us that there's a troop heading from Homs to Hamra. -Where is Hamra? -Near Ibn Al wardan Palace in Bshari. We went and we camped there and we stayed for over a week. Four men died, Khaled, and Omar his brother and another two. After the battle a bomb was dropped on us and it killed them in the car. And there's another battle here. Abu Dhoor Battle and Bu Samoura Battle with the thugs, “Shabiha”. Is there any important incident that happened with you in one of the battles, something that is worth telling? You want me to tell you about one of the battles?

-Yes how did you plan and what did you do? We stayed calling them on the speakers for 3 days. Surrender. Who is concerned in this, come down to the battle field. And whoever is not concerned, please leave the village. For three days, and the men are on the roof watching.
Did abu Dhoor have any army or only thugs?
No only thugs. Where was the Syrian army?
It was in the Airport. How big is the airport? -It's about 10 kilometers. Is it a military airport? Yes it is. It's the second biggest airport in Syria. At night I made dinner for the men. We were 42 people.

You were responsible for giving orders?
Yes I was. Do they listen to you?
Yes the men obey me and listen to me because they know I am straight forward. And they know that if any of them is in pain I'll be in pain too. They trust me. God first, then me. And when I come and wake then up to go to the battle they listen to me.
A mother wakes up her son and tells him, wake up and go to school or university, but you are waking them up and telling them wake up and go to the frontline. How do they react when you wake them up to go fight?
When he's a man and he looks at me, a woman waking him up. You would say what is this woman who is a fighter and who isn't similar to all the women who surrendered and feared. I should be inspired by her courage.
Who named you Um Joseph? Did you name yourself that?
It is because of the Bab Al Hara TV series where Mona Wassef, the actress, helps the Syrian rebels. So the men said they were going to name me Um Joseph because I am similar to her. And your real name is Souad?
Yes, Soad Aboud Gheyari.
And you're 40 years old?
Yes, I am 40 years old.

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Women FSA Fighters in Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By TTM Contributor 4
09 Apr 2014

Dope Sheet

Title: FSA Women’s Brigade in Aleppo
Date: 08/03/2014
Location: Saladin Neighborhood, Aleppo

Subject Matter:
With the war in Syria entering its fourth year, the role of women has taken different forms with direct and indirect involvement. In the opposition held Salahedin Neighborhood of Aleppo, Om Muhammad an ex schoolteacher founded an all women’s medical and military brigade called the Our Mother Aisha Brigade. Around ten women who have stayed in the area wit their families work in medical and military assistance to FSA fighters in a neighborhood that is considered to be a front line.

Interviews:

Om Muhammad – Ex Schoolteacher and founding member of Our Mother Aisha Brigade "We reached a point where Jihad was forced upon the young before the old, upon women before men. If Bashar Al Assad killed our men, if God is willing us women will fight. Plus we are sisters of the men and the country and the land are for the women as much as they are for the men. We are all ex teachers and come from an educated class, we worked in medical assistance and our brigade was founded by educated women in order to assist the men in the battle and to break ideas that claim that women left behind by their men to go to war might succumb into temptation. Last thing we think about are our homes, cause the country is more important then our homes. My children go to school in the morning and to the mosque for Koranic studies in the afternoon, my husband just like me is a jihadist  and most of the women in the brigade are wives of mujaheedin and if they are single or widowed, their brothers and fathers are surely fighters. We are staying here and our struggle continues. If God is willing we will topple the regime. We are going to keep fighting because our revolution needs another revolution, we will keep fighting until our revolution is purged. We're going to take part and hand in hand rebuild our country if God is willing"

Om Yassin – Ex Schoolteacher and current member of Our Mother Aisha Brigade
"We all used to be schoolteachers, now we became mujahideen. I am a fighter and at home I am a wife, a mother, a sister. After the revolution for which we are doing our duties, if God is willing we will go back to being mothers, sisters and wives. Some of us work as nurses and the medical center and others work on the front lines. It's true we are women but we do the men's work, we keep morals high, we help them and fulfill tasks that were left empty by men."

Various Shots that Show:
Members of Our Mother Aisha brigade heading to the front line and back in Saladin neighborhood
Various shots of women in the streets and shops of Saladin neighborhood

Shot list:
• Members of “Our Mother Aisha” brigade at feild hospital in Salahedine neighborhood
• Members of the brigade on the way to the frontline in Salahedine neighborhood
• Members of the brigade at frontline in Salahedine neighborhood
• Government flag on the other side of the frontline
• Members of brigade back to their base in Salahedine neighborhood
• General shots of Salahedine neighborhood

ورقة المعلوماتعنوان القصة‪ :‬كتيبة نسائية في الجيش السوري الحر في حلبتاريخ الإنتاج: ‪‪08-03-2014‬موقع التصوير‪:‬ حي صلاح الدين في مدينة حلبشرح القصة‪:‬مع دخول الحرب في سوريا عامها الرابع تعددت أوجه حضور المرأة السورية بشكل مباشر أو غير مباشر في الثورة السورية.في حي صلاح الدين الذي يقع تحت سيطرة المعارضة في حلب أسست ام محمد وهي معلمة سابقة كتيبة طبية وعسكرية تحمل اسم "كتيبة امنا عائشة". نحو عشر نساء من اللواتي بقين في الحي مع اسرهن، ينشطن في الكتيبة ويعملن على المساندة الطبية والعسكرية لمقاتلي الجيش الحر في حي صلاح الدين الذي يعتبر خط جبهة مشتعل بشكل دائم.(المتكلمون: (ذكر الإسم، الصفة، مختصر الكلامالإسم – الصفة‪:‬ ام محمد – كتيبة امنا عائشة الطبية والعسكريةالإسم – أم ياسين: مدرّسة سابقة وإحدى عناصر الكتيبة الطبية بحلب(لائحة اللقطات: ( شرح غير تفصيلي لمجموعة اللقطات بالفيديومجموعة لقطات تظهر‪:‬- بعض عناصر الكتيبة الطبية النسائية ( كتيبة أمنا عائشة ) في النقطة الطبية بحي صلاح الدين بحلب.- عناصر الكتيبة النسائية في طريقهن إلى جبهة حي صلاح الدين.- عناصر الكتيبة في الخط الأول من الجبهة.- علم القوات الحكومية على الطرف الآخر من الجبهة.- عودة عناصر الكتيبة الطبية إلى مقر الكتيبة.- لقطات عامة لحي صلاح الدين من الداخل بعيداً عن الجبهة وتظهر سيدات في الشارع والأسواق.

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Wounded Syrian Opposition Fighters in...
By Ali Majed
09 Apr 2014

Video shot on March 21, 2014 in Arsal, Lebanon
Syrian government troops took control of the strategic town of Yabroud near the border with Lebanon, on March 16, 2014. With nowhere else to flee, hundreds of Syrian rebel fighters retreated to the Lebanese border town of Arsal.

This video shows wounded Syrian opposition fighters receiving medical treatment in a hospital in Arsal. They talk about the fighting in Yabroud.
Interviews:
Fighter 1: I was in Yabroud, and I was injured by the helicopter. It was shooting and I got injured.
Fighter 2: I was injured at the front, in the battle. We were fighting and throwing bombs at one another while we were ten meters away from each other and the bomb hit us. I got injured while we were resisting them. My leg and my arm wre amputated while another bomb hit again and injured me one more time. They’re destroying our houses and dropping bombs on us and fighting us with artillery weapons and guns, slaughtering our children. This horrible system doesn’t have mercy for children or humans or nature or anything, criminals.
Abu Abdo Al Homsi -FSA fighter in Fjr Al Islam: I belong to the troop of Fajr Al Islam. I was fighting on the Yabroud front, Erbeen specifically. There are many types of weapons they used against us such as the “Cornet Rockets” that has a range of 7 kilometers. What is special about this rocket is that it has sensors that allow it to track the machinery wherever it goes. Another kind is the Thermobaric Weapons. It’s a kind of explosive that uses the oxygen in the surrounding and then explodes taking the whole house down.
Hezbollah was there, mostly “Badr” Troop, and also the troop of Abu Al Fadel Al Abbas which belongs to Iraq. I don’t know what to tell you. There was betrayal from many troops and the amount of weaponry was huge. Some people benefited from the death and suffering of the men you’ve seen. I’m a fighter and always will be, wherever I am I will always hold the banner of ‘’La Ilah Ella Allah, Mohammad Rasool Allah’’.
Shot List:
- Shot of the hospital in Ersal. - Interview with wounded FSA fighter 1 - Various shots of wounded FSA fighters. - Interview with wounded FSA fighter 2 - Various shots of wounded FSA fighters -Interview with Abu Abdo Al Homsi, an FSA fighter in Fajr Al Islam.

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From Shot Put Champion to Pipe Bomb R...
Deir Ezzor
By TTM Contributor 9
09 Apr 2014

Description

The FSA fighter Abu Qazem went from Syrian shot put champion to commander of Om Al Qura Brigade in Deir Ezzor. He was a student at the local university when he joined the Shot Put championship that led him to compete in and win the national championship. He was working in construction before the revolution when he became the commander of Om Al Qura Brigade in Al Jabeela neighborhood that is considered one of the regional symbols in the uprising against government forces. The iron ball that made Abu Qazem a national champion has now transformed into the hand grenade that Abu Qazem is famous for throwing at enemy targets, including large distances and heavy bombs than others have a hard time getting it to their targets.

Shot List

  1. General shots of Abou Kazem as he prepares bombs to throw on AlAsad's forces on the front line in Deir Ezzour's Aljabila neighborhood.
  2. General shots of Abou Kazem with members of his fighting group as they are discussing the best places to throw the bombs.
  3. A shot of Abou Kazem orienting one of the members to throw a bomb on AlAsad's forces in AlJabila, Deir Ezzor.
  4. A set of wide shots of Abou Kazem throwing rocks on AlAsad forces, an everyday exercise of his hands that helps him throw big boms.
  5. Abou Kazem climbing the stairs of a destructed building to throw a bomb from its rooftop in Deir Ezzor.
  6. Abou Kazem spotting the areas of presence of the regime's forces on the front line opposed to him in order to throw a bomb.
  7. A shot of Abou Kazem preparing the place in order to throw the bomb.
  8. A shot of Abou Kazem as he prepares the bomb and throws it onto AlAsad's forces before hearing gunfire.
  9. A shot of Abou Kazem asking through the wireless device about the movements of the regime's forces after the bomb was thrown.
  10. Abou Kazem peeking on the sites of AlAsad's forces.
  11. A shot Abou Kazem sneaking with a fellow fighter from building rooftop to another in Deir Ezzor, East of Syria.
  12. A shot of Abou Kazem looking through an opening of a destructed house in Deir Ezzor, East of Syria.
  13. Abou Kazem sitting on a couch in the center of a front line in AlJabila neighborhood, with the shells he uses against AlAsad's forces next to him.
  14. A sequence of shots of Abou Kazem as he sits on the front line and jokes with the fighters.
  15. An interview with Abou Kazem in which he speaks about his experience and tells the story of how he was transformed from a hero of a Shut Put hero to a shell bomb thrower.
  16. An interview with Abou Kazem's companion, a fighter from a neighboring front line, in which he explains why they resorted to Abou Kazem to throw bombs.

Interviews

Abou Kazem- commander of Om Al Qura Brigade in Deir Al Zour :
"In the name of god, I am the Mojahed (fighter) Abou AlKazem, the military leader of the brigade “Om Alkora” in AlJibali neighborhood of Deir Ezzor.  We have been here for a year.  The fighting started in different ways; one of them is with the local mortars of different sizes. Before the revolution, I used to have simple jobs such as construction. I was also an athlete and won the Shot Put local competition in Deir Ezzor in the first year, as for the second year, I won the Shot Put championship of the Syrian Republic.
Then came the blessed revolution and took me, forcefully or unintentionally, from throwing iron balls to throwing bombs in my country and homeland. We ask of god to appreciate us for these deeds.
If god wishes, after this blessed revolution will triumph over the tyrant, I will go back to my original work domain of construction. And with the will of god, we will rebuild this country after Bashar and his subordinates destructed it, and we will reconstruct the infrastructure and people’s hearts, which are full of love and obedience for god. We will build it internally and externally if god wills."

No name mentioned-FSA fighter in Om Al Qura Brigade in Deir Al Zour :
"In the name of god, we assigned him to throw mortars because he has physical strength as a Shot Put athlete and can throw the mortars to a farther distance.  He is of help to us for his expertise. We thank him for this service because he is a national champion and a battle champion too."

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Clashes in Damascus' Eastern Suburb o...
By Transterra Editor
09 Apr 2014

Footage shot in Al-Meliha on April 6, 2014 - Government forces launched a pre-emptive attack on Damascus' eastern suburb of Al-Meliha.
Al-Meliha is a town of great strategic importance for the control of Damascus. It is located next to the city of Jaramana, on the road leading to Damascus International Airport. It is also considered as an important entrance to Damascus.

Abu Ali - Commander of the Ali Mustapha Brigade: "What happened in the last three days was pressure and attacks by Assad's forces and shabiha. With God's will we were able to stop this attack and harm government forces by destroying several of their tanks and killing at least twenty five government soldiers, not counting the bodies they took with them and the ones who ran away. Al-Meliha was attacked by several sides. They attacked from Temico, Al-Nour checkpoint, the diesel silos, as well as from Jobar and Deir Salman. They tried to attack from more than five or six places."

Abu Mohammad - Field Commandew on Al-Meliha Front: "In the Name of God the Merciful, we are here resisting and patient, in the land of Jihad, in Al-Meleha in Eastern Ghouta. We stopped several army advances and surprises them many times. There was a lot of dead on the regime side. Thanks to God we are still here and we are patient. This is a very strategic area."

Abu Nader - Al-Meliha resident: "We are in the FSA control area of Al-Meliha. This is Al-Meliha's municipality and police station. Nothing here remains under regime's."

تحاول قوات الجيش النظامي اقتحام بلدة المليحة في الغوطة الشرقية المحاصرة. الجيش السوري يحاول عبر هذا الهجوم، توجيه ضربة استباقية للثوار بعد معلومات عن هجوم وشيك على دمشق. تعتبر بلدة المليحة ذات اهمية استراتيجية كبيرة حيث تقع بجوار مدينة جرمانا على طريق مطار دمشق الدولي، كما تعتبر مدخل مهما الى حي باب شرقي وسط دمشق. وبحسب ناشطين فإن المعارك تشهد كر وفر من دون اي سيطرة تذكر لاي طرف بالرغم من القصف العنيف الذي ينفذه سلاح الجو السوري حيث تم احصاء اكثر 40 غارة جوية اضافة لسقوط ما يقارب الالف قذيفة مدفعية و6 صواريخ ارض ارض، بين يومي السبت في 05/04/2014 والأحد 06/04/2014

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