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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

At the field hospital, a medic gives first aid for Abu Yehia, who suffers from injuries and burns due to the airstrike on his apartment.

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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

A medic that did not want to show his face holds the pants of a victim that lost his right leg due to the airstrike.

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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

Medics use a defibrillator as they try to restart the heart of a victim who was seriously injured in the bombing. Despite the effort of the doctors, the man died.

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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

A man holds his baby daughter who is injured in the bombing on Douma. He is waiting for help from medics in the small field hospital, as they are busy trying to treat more serious cases.

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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

A tractor removing debris in the neighborhood that was hit by the airstrike.

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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

Man checking his apartment in the neighborhood that was hit by the airstrike.

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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

Local rescuers use a tractor to remove debris in the neighborhood that was hit by the airstrike.

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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

A tractor removing debris in the neighborhood that was hit by the airstrike.

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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

Walaa al-Saour was pregnant when killed in the airstrike. Doctors were able to save her eight months pre-mature baby.

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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

Walaa al-Saour was pregnant when killed in the airstrike. Doctors were able to save her eight months pre-mature baby.

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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

Walaa al-Saour was pregnant when killed in the airstrike. Doctors were able to save her eight months pre-mature baby.

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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

Walaa al-Saour was pregnant when killed in the airstrike. Doctors were able to save her eight months pre-mature baby.

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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

Walaa al-Saour was pregnant when killed in the airstrike. Doctors were able to save her eight months pre-mature baby.

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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

Walaa al-Saour (covered in the background of the picture) was pregnant when killed in the airstrike. Doctors were able to save her eight months pre-mature baby.

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Opposition Held Douma Under Syrian Re...
Douma, Syria
By Jawad Arbini
27 Jul 2015

Walaa al-Saour was pregnant when killed in the airstrike. Doctors were able to save her eight months pre-mature baby.

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PHOTOS: Bashar al-Assad
Damascus
By lukas.goga
08 Jul 2015

Photos of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the presidential palace in Damascus.

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Aftermath of an Airstrike in Ma'art A...
Maarrat Al-Nu'man
By Omar Alwan
08 Apr 2015

Photos show the aftermath and rescue efforts following an alleged airstrike by Syrian regime helicopters at residential neighborhoods in the heart of Ma'art Al-nu'man, a city in northwest Syria on the highway between Damascus and Aleppo, resulting in at least 4 civilian deaths.

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Syrians Scrape A Living in Jordan (3 ...
65,Jordan
By Camilla Schick
12 Mar 2015

LEAD-IN MATERIAL
As Syria’s civil war enters its fifth year, nine million people have been displaced, with 3.7 million of those having fled the country. Millions of Syrian refugees are scraping by in neighboring countries.

Jordan has registered 600,000 refugees – constituting almost 10% of the Hashemite Kingdom’s total population of 6.6 million, though the actual number may be much higher. One fifth now live in refugee camps, including Za'atari camp, the second largest in the world. It's illegal for them to leave Jordan's now overcrowded and increasingly insecure refugee camps, but many are now making the leap to urban areas, seeking work and a better life. Some Syrian families who fled to Jordan at the start of the war are fairing better than others who've arrived more recently. But they’re still struggling to survive beyond the camps, without enough allowance from the UN nor local charities to pay for food and medical care, or taking their chances with working illegally.

Despite not being legally entitled to work, many have taken up jobs at local shops at the discretion of Jordanian employers, while others are too afraid to leave their homes and are surviving on as little as 13 dinars ($18) per person per month from the UN.

UN REPORT
A recent UNHCR urban report, entitled ‘Living in the Shadows’ in January this year, based on 150,000 Syrian refugees living outside of Jordan’s camps, concluded that two thirds of the refugees now in urban areas are living below Jordan’s poverty line. 1/6 are living in abject poverty barely surviving off the equivalent of 1.3 dollars per person per day. The UN has expressed grave concern that refugees are now turning desperate measures to make ends meet, with children dropping out of school and even women turning to prostitution.

JORDAN VALLEY
Khatah is a father in a community of more than 35 Syrian refugees living in UNHCR provided tents in the Jordan Valley by the Israeli border. Some of them have been living like this for 2-3 years. Most are young children. They try to earn some money working irregular days on the farms nearby, but it's not nearly enough to cover medical fees, food, and other expenses. One woman is heavily pregnant with her baby due fifteen days ago, while other adults are suffering stress and chronic illness. Khatah explains he cannot afford to pay 40-50 dinars per ID card for his family of 19 people. He wishes the fighting would stop in Syria and that they would all be able to return to them homeland one day.

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Jarash
By Camilla Schick
12 Mar 2015

As Syria’s civil war enters its fifth year, nine million people have been displaced, with 3.7 million of those having fled the country. Millions of Syrian refugees are scraping by in neighboring countries.

Jordan has registered 600,000 refugees – constituting almost 10% of the Hashemite Kingdom’s total population of 6.6 million, though the actual number may be much higher. One fifth now live in refugee camps, including Za'atari camp, the second largest in the world. It's illegal for them to leave Jordan's now overcrowded and increasingly insecure refugee camps, but many are now making the leap to urban areas, seeking work and a better life. Some Syrian families who fled to Jordan at the start of the war are fairing better than others who've arrived more recently. But they’re still struggling to survive beyond the camps, without enough allowance from the UN nor local charities to pay for food and medical care, or taking their chances with working illegally.

Despite not being legally entitled to work, many have taken up jobs at local shops at the discretion of Jordanian employers, while others are too afraid to leave their homes and are surviving on as little as 13 dinars ($18) per person per month from the UN.

UN REPORT
A recent UNHCR urban report, entitled ‘Living in the Shadows’ in January this year, based on 150,000 Syrian refugees living outside of Jordan’s camps, concluded that two thirds of the refugees now in urban areas are living below Jordan’s poverty line. 1/6 are living in abject poverty barely surviving off the equivalent of 1.3 dollars per person per day. The UN has expressed grave concern that refugees are now turning desperate measures to make ends meet, with children dropping out of school and even women turning to prostitution.

STORY:
This is the ancient Jordanian city of Jerash, 50 kilometres north of the capital Amman. It’s now home to approximately 8,000 Syrian refugee families / 50,000 refugees.

34-year-old Ali and his younger brother Mohammed work shifts at a local coffee and tea shop. Living as refugees has put a huge strain on Ali's marriage, and he is now separated from his wife, and rarely gets to see his young son. He says they used to live in Al Midan, an affluent Sunni suburb of Syria’s capital Damascus. But when fighting between the Assad government forces and Syrian rebels began in their neighborhood, the family took the heart-wrenching decision to prepare to leave the country. Being the eldest, Ali headed to Jordan first to set things up for the rest of the family. Mohammed and his parents followed after.

The brothers live with their mother Yusra, who warmly invites us into their two-bedroom one-floor home. Yusra was recently widowed. Their father died of health complications shortly after joining them in Jordan. They know how terrible the living conditions are for those now living in Jordan’s over-crowded refugee camps. They tell us they consider themselves among the luckier refugees, who arrived in Jordan almost four years ago at the start of the conflict, having found work and a place to live.

Jordanian shop owner Khaled says he hired the brothers not only because Syrians will work for a lower wage, but also because he wants to help the refugees who are desperately seeking work. He says the Jordanian authorities are fairly lax when it comes to illegal refugee workers. He says all Arabs are brothers, and need to help Syrians until its safe enough for them to return home.

NOTES
We chose to focus the interview on the elder brother – Ali
Their mother, Yusra, did not want us to film her face

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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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FSA fighter Reciting anti Bashar Assa...
Deir-ez-Zour
By b.yaacoub
11 Dec 2014

FSA fighter Reciting anti Bashar Asad poem before battle against ISIS

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Aftermath of Raqqa Bombings by Syrian...
By TTM Contributor 20
01 Dec 2014

27 November 2014 Destruction from recent airstrikes in Raqqa by Syrian Regime warplanes.

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Airstrikes by Assad Regime Kill More ...
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
26 Nov 2014

Raqqa, Syria

November 25, 2014

At least 95 people were killed and 120 injured on Tuesday in a series of airstrikes believed to be carried out by Syrian government forces against civilian neighborhoods in Raqqa, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The airstrikes caused large scale devastation in residential buildings and public squares. A mosque and the local museum were also damaged in the bombing.

Raqqa is the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS.

An international coalition led by the United States has launched a bombing campaign against ISIS positions since September.

Eyewitnesses, however, believe that these airstrikes were carried out by the Syrian government’s air force.

The Syrian regime has repeatedly targeted the city with airstrikes since it lost control over it in March 2013

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Tank Battle in Aleppo
Aleppo
By mustafa sultan
30 Oct 2014

October 26-31, 2014
Aleppo, Syria

Intense combat footage shows Islamic Front and Free Syrian Army forces battling the Syrian Army in Aleppo using captured tanks. The Islamic Front and the FSA are the primary factions in control of rebel held Aleppo, including key parts of the battered old city.

Translation:

"We have been in this Mosque for over a year and it is very precious to us as it is one of the great Islamic sites. We are defending it against the horrible regime [of Bashar al-Assad] that shells and bombs without considering the people or the religious sites. We are still defending our city. We follow orders to take down the regime and the president, and then liberate ourselves. We are still hanging on, trying to maintain what is left of Aleppo. With God's help, we will hopefully be liberated from this regime."

Shots List:

Shot 1: Fighters from the FSA and the Islamic Front defending an attack by the regime at the frontline of Sifat
Shot 2: Clashes between the regime and the rebels in Handarat
Shot 3: Clashes between the rebels and the regime
Shot 4: Shot of the Citadel of Aleppo, that is under the control of the regime
Shot 5: Military group commander in the old town of Aleppo and the guard of the Ummayad Mosque in Aleppo

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Kidnapped by ISIS and Forced to Conve...
Qamishli, Syria
By laura.lesevre
20 Oct 2014

Qamishli (Northern East Syria, close to the Turkish border): a Christian man tells when he was at the mercy of the Isis, forced to convert to Islam and threatened to be beheaded

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Eastern Ghouta: One Year After the Ch...
Damascus
By TTM Contributor 6
21 Aug 2014

August, 2014
Eastern Ghouta, Damascus

Residents of the besieged Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta reflect on the chemical attack on their neighborhood one year later. The footage opens with shots from the night of the attack and then moves to footage shot one year later in which children and residents recall their experiences. A grave digger is also interviewed at a burial yard containing mass graves of people killed in the attack.

Translation:

Man at 1:50: Reminds me of Tragedy. tragedy "printed in our hearts" that will never go (fade) away. it will be transmitted to future generations, it will be saved in all history books. Imagine how in 1 glimpse, more than 2000 persons found death, children, women youth ...
Contributor: is this the neighborhood that was bombed?
Man: yes this is it. We removed the corpse of 60 persons from there houses you see in the back, kids and women. The way they bombarded this neighborhood can't be described, not even by a "Butcher", no words to describe how a person, a government or a regime can do this.
Contributor: These days remind you of what?
Man: Tragedy
Contributor: what were you doing the same time last year?
Man: Nothing, we were living a normal life. there was bombing, and we were trying to coop (adapt) with the situation, until God makes things better. It was normal until they gave us a gift (present) that took away the lives of nearly 2000 persons (kids, women..) You can see dead kids everywhere "like flowers". Look at those kids (showing the kids playing next to them), innocents. Isn't it a pity to kill this innocence, this laughter?
Girl at 3:24: We were sleeping at home when our neighbor started to yell at us : "go to the roof, there's chemicals here!" We went up to the roof, then we heard gunshots, we came back down. We entered our rooms, closed the doors, got water supplies with us and wore our masks, then we started to faint and fell on the floor, until the paramedics came to rescue us. Among the dead were my grandma, my uncle, my cousin, his wife and daughter.
Man at 4:20: Here are all the dead people.
Contributor: Approximately how many dead?
Man: Around 300
Contributor: Where were the others buried?
Man: In Hamoryah, in Kafr Batna. They were buried in mass graves, due to the incapability in burying them.
At 4:58: This grave used to fit approximately 40 corpses, we put 80, one on each side. Then we covered the bodies with soil and we did it over and over again.
At 5:14: Approximately 400 or a little bit less of those who were buried here were dead because of the chemicals, 150 of those who were living here were buried here. The other 150-200 were transported from other villages to here, and approximately 400-500 martyrs were buried in other neighborhoods in Eastern Ghouta.
At 5:34: There (pointing at a neighborhood in the background) you find around 204 martyrs that died because of the explosion, caused by a bomb planted in a car by the regime. Approximately 1800-2000 martyrs are in these graves.
It's a very tragic memory, all our loved ones, our women, our kids, our youth are dead. I pray for God to give everyone who participated in this massacre the punishment they deserve. Some media agencies said that other neighborhoods in Eastern Ghouta were affected, but the truth is that Zamalka and Ain Karma were the most affected.
At 6:32: I hope the international community thinks and punishes everyone who participated in this massacre in the courts, especially the Syrian regime and everyone else related to it.
At 6:52: on 8/21/2013, around 12:30-1 at night, we heard the first rocket. Everyone was horrified and started to shout :Chemicals, Chemicals, and it was at this time when the ambulances started to come to give the first aids. We helped as much as we could with the simple primitive capacities we had, few medicaments and Vaccines (syringes. needle..)
Unfortunately, those we couldn't help fell on the floor until they were transported to the hospitals in Eastern Ghouta. It was a really sad tragic day. Everything was expected, but not being bombed with chemicals, it was really hard. Around 3 at night, 2 or 3 more rockets were fired, targeting a crowded residential area, and people started to go up the the higher floors in the buildings, trying to escape. Unfortunately, the 2 rockets were fired simultaneously, the number of martyrs was really high. One of the medical centers was hit, all the medical crew and the people there were killed. We started to look for survivors from these medical centers, searching them one by one, and we buried all the martyrs, around 150 from Irbin and Kafr Batna, some women were buried there as well, due to our limited capacities.
Subhan Allah, it was one of the hardest days, we moved martyrs from 12 at night that day til the next day at noon, most of them were kinds and women from Irbin, and were buried in mass graves here.
It was a real tragic memory. An international committee of researches came and took samples, supposedly to hold the regime accountable for this massacre. And it was of course proven after the analysis that the regime was responsible for this tragedy, because the rebels don't have enough capacities to do it, And until now, we saw nothing from the international community, only few compensations and aids were given to the families of the martyrs.

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Government-Held Homs Votes in Syrian ...
Homs
By TTM Contributor 4
03 Jun 2014

June 3, 2014
Homs, Syria

Residents in the Government-Held city of Homs cast their ballots in the Syrian presidential election at a polling station in al-Baath University.

Speakers:

Fatima Hussein, head of polling station:
"Since the early morning, ever since we got to the polling station ready to vote, large numbers of people came to the polling station. This is a huge rebuttal to all the enemies of Syria who are fighting us. This huge turnout came to vote for the new president of Syria who will lead us to the safety and security and help us rebuild Syria".

Mohamad al-Nasri, "Syria Lovers Youths" Spokesperson:
"We came here today to join this national celebration. We are convinced that we are going to vote for President Bashar al-Assad to renew his presidency because he is our leader here in Syria. We are also, as young adults, working here in the polling station to organize the election and ease the voting process. We are very happy on this day because we truly consider it a national celebration".

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Syria Election: Residents in Governme...
By TTM Contributor 4
03 Jun 2014

June 3, 2014
al-Matar Neighborhood, Deraa, Syria

Video shows Syrians in the government held Deraa neighborhood of al-Matar casting their ballots at a polling station in the al-Oumawiyin Elementary School.

Speakers:

Ramez Zarzour, Head of Polling Station:
“Whoever wants to vote can take the voting ballot and enter the secret room, or he can do the procedure here in front of people. He chooses his candidate and votes for him. Many people came today. Even though we are suffering from difficult situations many people still came in”.

Ramia Ibrahim, Resident:
“Today I voted with my free will, and by that we would be applying the concept of democracy they [the international community] were referring to, but of course in our own way, not theirs...not the way of blood and destruction. Today we started building Syria and we will keep going. I voted for the person who will build Syria and we will be behind him”.

Ahmad al-Fares, Resident:
“We came here today to ensure our belonging to this country, to Syria. [We came] to ensure our loyalty to this country, and to say 'yes' to the presidential election”.

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The Syrian Refugee Odyssey - Istanbul
Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
15 Apr 2014

What was once a welcoming and supportive reception for Syrian refugees in Turkey has turned to resentment and destitution. As the Syrian war has dragged on, Istanbul, Turkey's economic and touristic hun, has seen the population of destitute Syrians swell. As a result, the patience of the local population and aid from the government is wearing thin. While Istanbul has long been a hub for migrants traveling to and from Europe, Syrians have been trapped in Turkey, as it is almost impossible for them to obtain visas for onward travel to Europe, and many cannot return to Syria out of concern for their safety. Many now find themselves living in squalor with little hope or options for the future. 

One Syrian refugee described their situation in Turkey by saying:

"Life in Turkey is very hard, Syrians cannot work because they do not have the necessary permits and the only solution is to work illegally. There are children who work 15 hours per day to bring to their families a little money which is not even enough to buy bread. When the war is over I want to go back to Damascus, to my family, to my land."

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Syrian citizen message.
Syria
By Mhammad Darwish
31 Oct 2013

Video about:A Syrian citizens with special needs sends a message to "Bashar al-Assad".

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The Husband and His Wife Fighting The...
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Hebbo
01 Oct 2013

The Husband and His Wife Fighting The Syrian Regime in Aleppo.

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Al Qaeda-affiliated Rebels Execute Tw...
Raqqa, Syria
By Al Raqqa Hurra
16 Sep 2013

Al Qaeda affiliated rebels in Syria executed two Alawite men September 16 in the main square of the rebel-controlled city of Raqqa. Fighters from the “Islamic state of the Levant and Iraq”, a Sunni extremist group affiliated with Al Qaeda, justified the execution on the grounds that the men were “Nusaries”, a derogritory term used to describe members of the Alawite sect of Islam, from which Syrian president Bashar al-Assad hails.

When local women witnessing the execution protested the actions of the fighters, the fighters cursed the women and claimed that the men had raped women in the city of Homs. The men were subsequently executed and their bodies carted away in the back of a pick-up truck. This event has reinforced fears that Sunni extremists will try to eliminate the Alawite community of Syria if president Bashar al-Assad falls from power.

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Chemical Weapons Training in Aleppo, ...
Aleppo, Syria
By çNGEL SASTRE
01 Sep 2013

A former student, Mohammad Zayed, has taken on the responsibility of training a group of 26 volunteers in how to react in case of a chemical attack, for the past two months. The volunteers try on suits and gas masks in a classroom, as Zayed writes on a dry erase board. They perform evacuation drills outside as well. The volunteers meet every day, as now have the ability to perform first aid on civilians in the event of an attack. "Are you ready?" Zayed is asked. "Yes," and he pauses before continuing, "Me and all my team."

TRANSLATION OF ARABIC:

0:01 - 0:12 If God forbid we get attacked with the sarin gas, we wait one or two hours, depending on the temperature.

0:15 - 0:22 It is only found in the United States, if we had it here, I would have gotten you some.

0:23 - 0:31 Chlorine is a mix of of Chlorine, Cl, and the chlorine we use at home is known as "Flash."

0:43 - 0:49 It is a dangerous liquid because it stays for a long time.

2:25 - 2:33 I am sure a 100 percent if the regime stays as it is, and Russia remains it's back up, then he [Bashar Al Assad] will use the weapons again," says Abd Al-Monamalbba, chief of civil protection against chemical attack trains in Aleppo.

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Kurdish YPG Rebels in Syria
Syria
By Mais Istanbuli
15 Jul 2013

In northern Syria near the city of Ras al-Ayn, young Kurds have been prepared for battle at the Kurdish People’s Defense Forces (YPG) training camp. Here, teenagers and young adults are trained to conduct guerilla warfare against any threatening enemy. They have also been educated and inspired by the philosophies of Abdullah Ocalan, who is one of the founding members of militant organization the Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK). Unlike the typical Syrian opposition fighter, these trainees are fighting for a democratic society based on Marxist-Leninist philosophies. Most YPG soldiers believe that after President Bashar al-Assad falls, an all-out war against every faction involved is imminent.

One young female, Ahsi, said on her first day of training for the Kurdish Women Defense Forces, "'We train to defend ourselves. We never attack. We do not want FSA/Nusra forces here. We also don't want Assad's forces. We just want to be free."

Training of these young rebels came in before recent fighting in the city where the Islamist fighters were pushed out of Ras al-Ayn by Kurdish forces on July 17.

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A Story of a Syrian Village
Homs, Syria
By Smart Media
07 May 2013

Oyoun Hsain is a small village located in the northeastern countryside of Homs with a population of less than 4000 people.

The area was not subjected to either armed or peaceful revolutionary movements, but it fell victim to shelling and other destructive measures.

A massacre was on the verge of occurring, but the Free Syrian Army intervened and stopped it by evacuating the villagers away.

However, many people were killed due to the continuous shelling by warplanes, artillery and tanks from the battalion next to the village. Mercenaries also broke into the village several times and killed people. In addition to that, more than 120 people were kidnapped. Until this moment, nobody knows anything about what happened to those kidnapped people.

The film shows the destruction in the village after the evacuation of its inhabitants.

The buildings’ ruins embed the village’s memory, the people’s properties and their children’s food.

The film authenticates the story of the village. The film is a call for humanity sent to the neighboring villages, where mercenaries live in and still support the regime. It reminds them of the past years when they lived peacefully together; when all the sects in Syria lived in peaceful coexistence.

The film aims to wake up the remnant of humanity and mercy in neighbors’ hearts; the friends yesterday and the executioners today.

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FSA Brigade in Salamiya Fights for a ...
Salamiyah, Syria
By Fady
06 May 2013

While the Syrian revolution has become increasingly sectarian and the fighting has often been dominated by Islamists, one brigade of the Free Syrian Army in Salamiya fights for a united and diverse Syria, and within the brigade multiple sects fight side by side.

The “Phalange Brigade of the Free Syrian Army” claims to fight for a democratic, civic state that unites and protects all Syrians under one slogan: "The Syrian People are One." This brigade, which is the dominant revolutionary force in Salamiya, is comprised of intellectual youth who believe that education and culture are revolutionary weapons. They envision a civic state, built on concepts of constructive criticism and spreading understanding between all of the Syrian sects. Even though Al Salamiya is the Middle Eastern cultural capitol of the Ismaili sect of Islam, the brigade prides itself on being non-sectarian and is comprised of Sunnis, Alawites, Ismailis, and others.

Like many in the Syrian revolution, the Phalange Brigade
 of the Free Syrian Army claims that they began their uprising using peaceful means. However, after the oppression and injustice that their city witnessed, they say that they have been forced to carry guns and join the armed resistance to Bashar Al-Assad’s regime. The men now wait for the regime’s bombing and shelling of their homes to end so they can resume their lives normally, and work on building a democratic Syria.

بعد ان اجتاح الفكر الطائفي الثورة السورية، ظهرت الكتائب الإسلامية لتكون الطاغية على الصفة الثورية في معظم المدن السورية. في مدينة السلمية التي تقع على بعد ثلاثين كيلومتراً إلى الشرق من مدينة حماه و التي تعتبر عاصمة الطائفة الاسماعيلية في سورية و الشرق الأوسط والتي شهدت حراكاً ثورياً كثيفاً على امتداد الثورة، تشكلت كتيبة للجيش الحر تطالب بدولة مدنية ديمقراطية تحمي الجميع تحت شعار الشعب السوري واحد. هي كتيبة مؤلفة من مجموعة من الشباب المثقفين من كافة الطوائف( سنة، علويين، و اسماعيليين)، يعتبرون الفكر و الثقافة سلاح، و لكن نتيجة القمع و الظلم الذي تعرضت له مدينتهم اضطروا لحمل السلاح لإيمانهم بأن الحل الوحيد لاسقاط النظام هو القتال المسلح. هؤلاء الشباب ينتظرون سقوط النظام ليعودوا إلى حياتهم الطبيعية، و ليعملوا على بناء سورية الديمقراطية، التعددية، المدنية عن طريق الفكر البناء و نشر التوعية بين جميع السوريين بكافة طوائفهم.

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00:04 The movements in Salamiyah started peacefully

00:09 Like all syrian cities, it rebelled against oppression.

00:13 We started peacefully, until we started helping refugees who came from stricken areas.

00:20 security pressures increased on the activists, so they carried guns

00:33 Since the beginning of the Syrian revolution, the regime accused protesters of sectarianism.

00:41 Al Salamiya replied to that accusation saying, one one one Syrian People are one. This was the case because, in Al Salamiya, people went out to the streets from all sects.

and the first sign that was raised in Salamiya was saying Sunnis+ Alawis+ Ismailis= National unity

01:03 This atmosphere of brotherhood has been transferred to this brigade in which there are soldiers from different sects. Tt's not a sectarian brigade, it's not Sunni, Alawi, or Ismaili.

01:25 we're suffering from the lack of support on all levels. On the military level, we don't have enough weapons and bullets, and also on the living level.

01:36 We're lacking support on all levels, but thank God we remain patient until we get rid of Bashar Al Assad.

01:48 Al Salamiya’ weapon, as it's knows through history, is Education and Knowledge.

01:55 But, because of the harsh oppression that it suffered from, the men had to carry guns.

02:00 They saw that this is only way to overthrow the regime.

02:12 But after the regime falls, God willing, we will drop our weapons and get back to the real weapon and the most important weapon which is the Knowledge and education in order to build a democratic Syria, a diverse Syria, a Syria for all people, a Syria for all sects, a country that competes with all other countries all over the world.

02:37 for sure, we're working in a direction where we're trying to take a step forward and cut roads to help other groups in the neighboring areas and our goal is to liberate Salamiya.

02:55 Hey guys, keep quiet.

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Syrian farmer becomes amateur oil pro...
Ras al-Ayn, Syria
By Annabell Van den Berghe
01 May 2013

The Syrian crisis brings despair at all walks of life. Potato Farmers are technically unemployed, since no refined oil is to be found to run their machines. Because they can no longer support their family they see themselves forced to start refining themselves. A dangerous task.

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A Story of a Fighter and his Gun
Homs, Syria
By Smart Media
01 May 2013

Wa’el Abu Rayan, known to his peers as Abu-Adou was a common construction worker from Al Rastan. A married father of two, Abus has been noted for his obsession with his gun - it never leaves his side.

Emerging from the debris of his bombed out hometown, Abu retreats to the countryside to aid in the training of local would-be fighters. After a day of training he returns home to his family though the gun doesn't leave from his person.

The family man bought his gun by borrowing money from various people and holds it to protect his home town and loved ones. It has become a piece of him, an extra limb, and gives Abu reassurance that it will preserve his “dignity and honour”.

With his gun in one hand and embracing his son with the other he states that he fights to defend the children of Syria.