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Mike Skillt: Interview with a Swedish...
Kiev
By Cosimo Attanasio
22 Jun 2015

Interview with Mike Skillt from battallion Azov, the most popular foreign fighters in Ukraine.
After 6 years in the Swedish army, the prison and 5 years as civilian he decide to left his country and going to help his Ukrainian friends who fought in Maidan.
He joined in battallion Azov where he became sniper and instructor, actually his popularity convinced pro-Russian forces to put a price on his head (one million of dollars).
His baptism by fire in Mariupol, his reasons, his ethics and religion, but also the issue of foreign fighters in Ukraine, his price on head and the way to fight in the Ukrainian war.

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Militiamen Target Houthi Sniper in Ad...
Aden, Yemen
By Edouard Dufrasne
06 May 2015

Video shows Popular Committees militiamen in the Sheikh Othman neighborhood of Aden, Yemen targeting a Houthi sniper using a tank and a machine gun mounted on a pickup truck.

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Young Fighters Targeting a Sniper in ...
Aden, Yemen
By Edouard Dufrasne
03 May 2015

Young fighters from the Popular Committees in Aden, Yemen, targeting a sniper located in a building nearby.

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Street Clashes in Taiz, Yemen
Taiz
By Dhaifallah Homran
26 Apr 2015

Taiz, Yemen
April 26, 2015

Video shows clashes on the streets of Taiz, about 300 km south of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Houthi fighters, backed by Yemeni army units, used rifles and armored personnel carriers to confront militiamen loyal to President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

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Wide of fighter loyal to President Hadi firing sniper rifle
Wide of fighter loyal to President Hadi taking cover
Wide of armored personnel carrier and Houti fighters
Moving shot of Houthi fighters and pro-Houthi Yemeni soldiers on the street
Wide Houthi fighters manoeuvring pickup truck
Wide of armored personnel carrier firing heavy machine gun

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Doctors Remove Bullet from Yemeni Gir...
Mualla, Aden
By Amged Sabeeh
12 Apr 2015

Warning: Graphic Content

This video shows doctors removing a bullet from a Yemeni girl without the use of Anesthetics in the southern city of Aden on Monday, April 13th.
The young girl was shot in the back of her head by an alleged Houthi sniper positioned on a top of a building. She screams and cries while the doctor attempts to pull out the bullet from her head.

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Kurds of Three Nations Unite to Fight...
Sinjar, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 33
27 Jan 2015

Sinjar, Iraq
January 27, 2015

Kurdish fighters from Iraq, Syria and Turkey have joined forces to recapture the town of Sinjar in north eastern Iraq.

Forces of the extremist Islamic group ISIS took control of Sinjar, also known as Shingal, in the summer of 2014, killing and kidnapping hundreds of Kurdish Yezidi civilians, including women, and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

Fighters from the Kurdistan People’s worker Party (PKK) based in Turkey, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) from Syria, and the Shingal Protection Units and the Peshmerga from Iraq have united to fight to regain the town.

Joint Kurdish forces, with air cover from international coalition forces, have regained several parts of the Sinjar area.

This video shows fighters from different Kurdish militias in the towns of Snuny and Sinjar. It also features Peshmerga forces transporting aid to internally displaced Yezidi Kurds on Mount Sinjar.

The footage also shows PKK and YPG fighters entering Iraq through border crossings that have recently been open, as well as interviews with militia commanders.

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R-L pan of male fighters

L-R pan of male and female fighters

Various/ traveling of military convoy

Wide of children waving YPG flag

Various of convoy entering Iraqi Kurdistan

Various of fighters in military position

Traveling of convoy on the road
Traveling of convoy passing by checkpoint
Traveling of convoy at night

Various/ traveling of streets
Wide of military trucks

SOUNDBITE (Kurdish, Man) Brusek Raha, PKK fighter

03:25 – 08:18

“My name is Brusek Raha. I went to Kobani, where I fought alongside my Kurdish brothers against for more than a month. I fought inside the city [of Kobani] and surrounding villages.

ISIS attacked the city [Kobani] and its surrounding villages with heavy and internationally banned weapons. They bombed the city with mortar shells. They conducted suicide attacks, blowing themselves among us. Most of them were not from the area. They were foreigners, from Chechenia, Afghanistan and many other countries. They did not speak Arabic. We did not have heavy weapons, but we had a strong will and determination to carry on with the resistance.

They attacked us with suicide bombings. They were plenty of them. For example, when we were in the villages, they attacked by the dozens, carrying out suicide operations. In the city, the attack was more ferocious, using tanks and various heavy weapons, especially at the eastern front. On the other hand, there was great resistance from the side of our forces, which shook the entire world. Female comrade Arin Mirkan, who blew herself up against ISIS, was a real heroine.

Some of them spoke Arabic. We used to hear over the walkie-talkies. They were experienced in using weapons and sniper rifles. Most of them were from Chechnya and other countries of Europe, as well as Russia.

I was injured on the eastern front of Kobani, near the Hajj Rasho Mosque, when I wanted to help my injured comrades following an attack by ISIS. The sniper was watching me from the top of a building. I was not afraid of becoming a martyr and I was able to rescue one of our comrades. I was taken to a field hospital. We fought for our honor, dignity and land, and we shall carry on our fight to bring life back to Kobani and the Kurdish people. Turkey and the Freedom and Justice Party kept saying that Kobani will fall, but their dream did not come true. Kobani did not fall; it was victorious since the beginning.

and I had to return. Now, I will take part in the campaign to liberate Shingal from ISIS.
We will defend the Kurdish Yezidi people who have suffered so much at the hands of ISIS. Their women were enslaved and sold in the markets of Raqqa, Mosul and elsewhere.

Our mission as fighter of the Kurdish People Protection Forces, which are part of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, is to defend the Kurdish people in the four parts of Kurdistan and all the people in the region who are victim of injustice. We shall push ISIS out of our land and not allow them to return.”

Wide of warplane in the sky

L-R pan of military vehicles and fighters

SOUNDBITE (Kurdish, Woman) Comrade Pervin, a commander in the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ)

08:36 – 12:18

“All of Kurdistan is under attack from this terrorist organisation. Its attacks are especially directed against women and women’s rights. On the other hand, there is a struggle for freedom and justice.

This happened in Shingal, where ISIS assaulted women. It enslaved and sold them in the markets. Our job is to protect women, which is why we are now here, in Shingal. We shall defend Kurdish women as well as all the women in the region from the oppression practiced by ISIS.

We will no longer accept that women be commodity that is sold and bought and raped.

So far, we have sacrificed so many martyrs to accomplish this, as part of our campaign that has been going on for seven months in the Shingal area and the surrounding countryside.

Among our martyrs were Comrade Gian, Comrade Armanj, Comrade Rouny, and a commander in our forces comrade Gian. There have been more than 50 female martyrs. As a result of our comrades’ sacrifices, the city of Shingal has been liberated. The resistance is guided by the ideology of leader [Abdullah] Ocalan and the path of the martyrs. It shal continue despite everything, no matter how strong ISIS is and weak we are.

To obtain liberty for the people, we must take path of resistance and martyrs. Then, we shall surely achieve victory.

Now, everybody knows well who Kurdish women and female fighters are. Here in Shingal we have liberated many towns and made ISIS suffer a lot of losses that they will not forget, especially that were brought upon tem by us, Kurdish women. We shall carry on until the liberation of all our areas from these terrorists.

Currently, fighters from the PKK –Turkey and female fighters from the Kurdistan Women’s Party – Turkey, as well as fighters from Shingal Protection Forces from Iraq, the Kurdish Women, the Kurdish Women’s Protection are taking part in the battles.”

Various of destroyed buildings

SOUNDBITE (Kurdish, Man) Unnamed fighter from the YPG (Syria)
12:33 – 13:10

“ISIS fighters wanted to blow up a rigged vehicle here but we were able to detonate it before it reached us. They are trying hard to reach us, but they cannot because we are resisting them very ferociously. We killed so many of them. We are Kurdish resistance factions from Syria, Turkey and Iraq. We are all here on the frontline, fighting this group courageously. We shall liberate Shingal from these terrorists and resist till the last drop of our blood.”

Various of snipers shooting

Various of destroyed buildings. NAT Sound: Gunshots.

Various of military convoy

Wide of military officials, reporters walking at refugee camp on Mount Sinjar

L-R pan/ wide of Peshmerga landing on Mount Sinjar

Traveling of refugee tents

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

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

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

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Battle for Donetsk 02
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Soldier from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector passes by the wall noted "Glory to Right Sector fighters" in Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 03
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Volunteer medic 'Robin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector provides first aid for a local fighter in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 04
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukrainian government soldier guards the perimeter in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 05
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukrainian government soldier guards the perimeter in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 06
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Soldier 'Yashkin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector guards the perimeter in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 09
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine government's and ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers watch the perimeter from a strategic tower called 'Neba' (Sky) in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 10
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine government sniper leaves his position in a strategic tower called 'Neba' (Sky) in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 11
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine government sniper leaves his position in strategic tower called 'Neba' (Sky) in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 12
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine soldier opens fire at a suspicious movement at separatists positions in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 13
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine government soldier from 93th Brigade fires a mortar at pro-russian separatists positions in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 15
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

A poster with Russian actor Mikhail Porechenkov who was shooting at the Donetsk Airport at Ukraine millitary positions in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 18
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldier guards their positions in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 17
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers rest at their base in a civilian house in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 19
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Local resident in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine. Note on the gate 'people live here'.

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Battle for Donetsk 20
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Soldiers from Ukraine volunteer batalion "Dnipr 1" open fire at a sniper position in the pro-russian separatists area in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 21
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers during a military intelligence operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers during a military intelligence and recon operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers during military intelligence and recon operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers during a military intelligence and recon operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 14
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldier in a military operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 07
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
13 Nov 2014

Soldier 'Yashkin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector on the roof of a ramshackle building in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 08
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
13 Nov 2014

Soldier 'Yashkin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector on the roof of a ramshackle building in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 16
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
13 Nov 2014

Soldier 'Yashkin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector in Ukraine's army headquarters in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 01
Donestk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
13 Nov 2014

A view at the separatists positions through a sniper optic in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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The Black Men: European Fighters in U...
By laura.lesevre
24 Jul 2014

European volunteer fighters and far-right activists have travelled to Ukraine to fight along side pro-Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian separatists. They come from France, Sweden, and other parts of Europe. They have different motivations for participating in the conflict, but they all say that they are not paid to fight.

Journalists Fausto Biloslavo and Laura Lesevre travelled to Ukraine and interviewed, among others, Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper, with seven years' experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. Mikael is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group in eastern Ukraine. He says there is a bounty of nearly 5,000 euros on his head.

This 11:26 minutes video story includes footage of the Azov Battalion training and fighting against pro-Russia separatists. It also include interviews with an Italian and a Russian volunteer fighter. It also includes an interview with Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper.

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The Black Men 14
By laura.lesevre
20 Jun 2014

A volunteer fighter wearing the t-shirt with the emblem of the Azov Battalion. The battalion is under the control of Kiev’s Interior ministry.

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By laura.lesevre
20 Jun 2014

46 year old Gaston Besson from France says he wants to defend Ukraine’s independence. Besson, who has also fought in Croatia, Bosnia, Burma and Laos, is in charge of recruiting foreign European volunteers to fight against pro-Russian rebels. "Every day I get dozens of e-mail with requests of enlistment, but I reject 75% of them. People who want to join us are to buy the plane ticket with their own money. Then they go over an initial period of training in Kiev before being sent to the front line. We do not want fanatics, trigger-happy people, drunkards or druggies. We need unpaid idealists, not hired mercenaries”, he says.

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By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

Volunteer fighters from the Azov battalion during urban warfare training.

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By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

Francesco F, an Italian volunteer fighter in the Azav battalion's base in Berdyansk.

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The Black Men 15
By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

An armed member of the Azov Battalion at a check point near Berdyansk in Eastern Ukraine.

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By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper, with seven years' experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. Mikael is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group in eastern Ukraine. He says there is a bounty of nearly 5,000 euros on his head.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Members of the Azov battalion in their base in Eastern Ukraine.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Francesco F. an Italian volunteer fighter with the Azav battalion during training. Francesco gave up his life as a manager in order to fight alongside Ukrainians against pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine.