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Syrian Rebels Prepare for IS Onslaugh...
Marea
By ttmadmin
22 Aug 2014

August 18, 2014
Marea, Syria

Syrian rebel fighters from the Islamic Front, an ally of the Free Syrian Army, prepare for an impending Islamic State offensive in the town of Marea, approximately 25km north of Aleppo. The Islamic State attacked Marea with ferocity shortly after and the town remains sustained IS attack.

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Syrian Rebels Prepare for IS Onslaugh...
By ttmadmin
21 Aug 2014

August 18, 2014
Marea, Syria

Syrian rebel fighters from the Islamic Front, an ally of the Free Syrian Army, prepare for an impending Islamic State offensive in the town of Marea, approximately 25km north of Aleppo. The Islamic State attacked Marea with ferocity shortly after and the town remains sustained IS attack.

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Yoga Changes the Lives of Disadvantag...
Nairobi, Kenya
By ttmadmin
23 Mar 2014

In Kenya, yoga is the new trend. The practice of yoga is increasingly popular among the poorest parts of the capital Nairobi, thanks to Paige Elenson and her partner Baron Baptiste, two famous American yoga teachers who decided to create the not-for-profit organization Africa Yoga Project in 2007. Their goal was to create job opportunities and empower youth in impoverished areas of Nairobi.

The two teachers raised $10,000 to found the organization and train 40 Kenyan yoga instructors. Today, 72 instructors are working in impoverished areas of Kenya such as schools and prisons.

Margaret Njeri is one of the teachers. She was an acrobat before starting the yoga-training program. The young mother says earning a living as an acrobat was not easy. She sometimes even had to turn to small crimes to survive. She is now paid $100 a month to teach five classes a week in prisons, schools and other destitute parts of the city. The rest of the time, Margaret teaches private classes to round up her salary. Thanks to yoga, she is now able to support herself and her one year-old daughter.

53 year-old instructor Samson Muhalia says yoga has a positive impact on people. “What I really like in yoga is that it brings people together and teaches them how live together. It makes people share and discuss”.

Photos By: Jacob Banzani

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How God Appeared in Halabja
Halabja
By ttmadmin
10 Mar 2014

How God appeared in Halabja
  Al Qaeda in Iraq, better known today as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) originated in the Iraqi Kurdish mountain town of Halabja. In 1988, Saddam Hussein issued a chemical attack on Halabja, killing at least 5,000 civilians. Since the Syrian revolution, over 100 young men left Halabja to fight in Syria, including Ako, 27, and Kaiwan, 23, both of the first soccer team of Halabja.
  “I swear to God, we will come back and walk on your dead bodies till we arrive in Halabja”, says Ako Abd al-Qadr in a video recorded in the car on his way to Syria. The 27-year-old waiter, father of a three-and-a-half-year-old daughter is one of a hundred young men from Halabja who joined Jabhat Al Nusra, which has links with Al Qaeda.

The Kurdish mountain town of Halabja, located close to the Iranian border, is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The streets are paved with cement, all the houses are new. Salesmen in traditional Kurdish pantsuits sell olives, dates and tomatoes. Women wear their headscarves loosely around their heads, as in Iran. The mountain town has almost as many mosques as shops. The tragedy of the poison gas attack of 1988 is still palpable: on the monument of the joined hands as you enter the city; the sign at the entrance of the cemetery: “No entry for Baathi’s”.

Thirteen-year-old Danar sits with his older brother and two cousins in a cafe, a large bare room on the first floor. There is nothing else to do for the kids, he says. Boys sit on worn sofas and play computer games. Danar goes to the Turkish school, which is a school for gifted children. He speaks nearly fluent English. He tells of a friend of his, Rabèr, who was four years his senior in school. Rabèr had always helped him, but then in late 2012, he went to Syria. Rabèr died on August 22, 2013. Danar tells the story and quickly says goodbye, as if he has said too much. Halabja is a mountain town where everyone knows each other. My nineteen-year-old fixer effortlessly knocks on the doors of six different homes of families of boys who left for Syria – but people rarely want to talk.

The Kurds are spread over Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq and have always dreamed of having their own country. Many feel Kurdish firstly; being Muslim comes second. The Syrian President Assad used this to his advantage. Shortly after the outbreak of the revolution (it will be three years ago on March 15th), he promised the Syrian Kurds autonomy, just like the Kurds in Iraq, on the condition that they kept out of the fight. While Syria continues to disintegrate, the Kurds in the West of the country are building their own state. But Jabhat Al Nusra is not only fighting Assad but also the Kurds, because they refused to join their revolution. It seems only in Halabja young men are joining the Syrian fight in such huge numbers – and the question is why.

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Explosions Near the Iranian Embassy i...
By ttmadmin
18 Nov 2013

There were at least 20 dead, after an explosion occurred near a building belonging to the Iranian Embassy in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital of Beirut, this morning, Tuesday, 19-11-2013

Photos by Nour Naser.

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ISIS Horror Crimes in Deir-ez-Zor
Syria
By ttmadmin
10 Dec 2014

Deir Ezzor Province, Syria
December 5, 2014

Recent footage from the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor and the nearby town of Bouleil shows daily life under ISIS.
This video shows a man’s public execution. According to the verdict read by an ISIS fighter before the execution, Mohammad Mousa al-Jasem confessed to stepping on the Quran during a quarrel with his parents.
The man was executed because “he stepped on the Quran, not because he hit his mother,” the fighter says to bystanders.
The footage was shot by a local media activist using a mobile phone over a period of four months since September, when ISIS took control over the last district in the city. Transterra Media contributor’s name was withheld for his security reasons.
Unidentified bodies are also seen dumped in a ditch.
In another show of authority, ISIS fighters burned confiscated tobacco in the town of Bouleil in the east of Deir Ezzor province. Cigarette packs can be seen set on fire in this footage. Smoking is banned according to the militant group’s strict interpretation of Islam.

Shot List

  1. Various of streets and marketplace.
  2. Various of public execution.
  3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Unnamed ISIS fighter with covered face reading execution verdict

“He stepped on God’s Book [the Quran]. He took a knife and wanted to slip his mother’s throat. God’s verdict [has been taken] by the Islamic Court. The so-called Mohammad Mousa al-Jassem confessed that, [during] a quarrel with his mother and father, he beat them and tried to kill [his mother] by placing a knife on her throat.

“She held God’s Book to deter him, but he took the Book, threw it and stepped on it and cursed God almighty.

“We shall implement God’s verdict, not because he beat his mother, but because he stepped on God’s Book.

[reading a verse from the Quran] And if you ask them, they will surely say, “‘We were only conversing and playing. Say, ‘Is it Allah and His verses and His Messenger that you were mocking?’

“‘Make no excuse; you have disbelieved after your belief. If We pardon one faction of you - We will punish another faction because they were criminals.’”

[Another fighter addresses man to be executed]

“Ask God almighty for forgiveness, you have gravely sinned! Ask God for forgiveness! Testify [that there is no God but Allah and that Mohammad is His Messenger].”

A fighter shoots the man with a pistol in the head amid shouts “God is greatest!” and shooting in the air.

“The State of Islam shall remain! The state of Islam shall remain! This is the destiny of each apostate!”

Man’s body is tied to a fence.
4. Wide of cigarette packs set on fire.
5. Wide of dead bodies in a ditch.
6. Various of Free Syrian Army fighter chanting a poem that defames Bashar al-Assad and praises the revolution’s martyrs ahead of fighting against ISIS in the outskirts of Deir Ezzor.
NOTE These fighters are NOT ISIS members.

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Ukraine's Standoff with Russia
By ttmadmin
05 Mar 2014

Heavily armed anonymous soldiers standing guard at the Coast Guard Headquarter on Karl Marx Street in Simferopol, Crimea (Ukraine) on March 5th, 2014.

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Rocket Attack in Government Held area...
By ttmadmin
27 Feb 2014

Rocket Shelling on residential neighborhoods in the government controlled areas of Homs
Date: 27/2/2014
Location of Shooting: Akrama Neighborhood in the city of Homs

6 people killed and 24 injured after being hit by “Grad” rockets in the Akrama neighborhoods of Homs, which lies under the control of the Syrian government.
Local source in the city said 8 people were killed and at least 21 injured by a Grad rocket on Akrama Neighborhood in the city of Homs and three other people were injured by another Grad rocket that hit a house in the Alkhodari street in the neighborhood of Wadi al Dahab, Homs.

The government has accused Syrian opposition militants of firing the rockets on the neighborhoods controlled by the government.

قذائف صاروخية تستهدف أحياء سكنية في مناطق تخضع لسيطرة النظام في مدينة حمص تاريخ الإنتاج: 27/2/2014 موقع التصوير: حي عكرمة مدينة حمص

قتل 6 أشخاص وأصيب 24 بجروح جراء سقوط قذائف صاروخية في أحياء حمص التي تقع تحت سيطرة الحكومة السورية. مصادر محلية أعلنت أن 8 أشخاص قتلوا على الأقل وصيب 21 بجروح جراء سقوط صاروخ من نوع "غراد" على حي عكرمة في مدينة حمص ، كما أصيب 3 أشخاص بجروح بسبب سقوط صاروخ من نوع "غراد" على أحد المنازل في شارع الخضري بحي وادي الدهب . وأضاف المصادر ان الصاروخ الذي وقع في حي عكرمة ادى الى احتراق 8 سيارات والحاق اضرار مادية كبيرة بالمنازل والمحال التجارية .. واتهمت الحكومة السورية مسلحي المعارضة بإطلاق الصواريخ على الأحياء التي تقع تحت سيطرة النظام ..

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Rocket Attack in Government Held area...
By ttmadmin
27 Feb 2014

Rocket Shelling on residential neighborhoods in the government controlled areas of Homs
Date: 27/2/2014
Location of Shooting: Akrama Neighborhood in the city of Homs

6 people killed and 24 injured after being hit by “Grad” rockets in the Akrama neighborhoods of Homs, which lies under the control of the Syrian government.
Local source in the city said 8 people were killed and at least 21 injured by a Grad rocket on Akrama Neighborhood in the city of Homs and three other people were injured by another Grad rocket that hit a house in the Alkhodari street in the neighborhood of Wadi al Dahab, Homs.

The government has accused Syrian opposition militants of firing the rockets on the neighborhoods controlled by the government.

قذائف صاروخية تستهدف أحياء سكنية في مناطق تخضع لسيطرة النظام في مدينة حمص تاريخ الإنتاج: 27/2/2014 موقع التصوير: حي عكرمة مدينة حمص

قتل 6 أشخاص وأصيب 24 بجروح جراء سقوط قذائف صاروخية في أحياء حمص التي تقع تحت سيطرة الحكومة السورية. مصادر محلية أعلنت أن 8 أشخاص قتلوا على الأقل وصيب 21 بجروح جراء سقوط صاروخ من نوع "غراد" على حي عكرمة في مدينة حمص ، كما أصيب 3 أشخاص بجروح بسبب سقوط صاروخ من نوع "غراد" على أحد المنازل في شارع الخضري بحي وادي الدهب . وأضاف المصادر ان الصاروخ الذي وقع في حي عكرمة ادى الى احتراق 8 سيارات والحاق اضرار مادية كبيرة بالمنازل والمحال التجارية .. واتهمت الحكومة السورية مسلحي المعارضة بإطلاق الصواريخ على الأحياء التي تقع تحت سيطرة النظام ..

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Rocket Attack in Government Held area...
By ttmadmin
27 Feb 2014

Rocket Shelling on residential neighborhoods in the government controlled areas of Homs
Date: 27/2/2014
Location of Shooting: Akrama Neighborhood in the city of Homs

6 people killed and 24 injured after being hit by “Grad” rockets in the Akrama neighborhoods of Homs, which lies under the control of the Syrian government.
Local source in the city said 8 people were killed and at least 21 injured by a Grad rocket on Akrama Neighborhood in the city of Homs and three other people were injured by another Grad rocket that hit a house in the Alkhodari street in the neighborhood of Wadi al Dahab, Homs.

The government has accused Syrian opposition militants of firing the rockets on the neighborhoods controlled by the government.

قذائف صاروخية تستهدف أحياء سكنية في مناطق تخضع لسيطرة النظام في مدينة حمص تاريخ الإنتاج: 27/2/2014 موقع التصوير: حي عكرمة مدينة حمص

قتل 6 أشخاص وأصيب 24 بجروح جراء سقوط قذائف صاروخية في أحياء حمص التي تقع تحت سيطرة الحكومة السورية. مصادر محلية أعلنت أن 8 أشخاص قتلوا على الأقل وصيب 21 بجروح جراء سقوط صاروخ من نوع "غراد" على حي عكرمة في مدينة حمص ، كما أصيب 3 أشخاص بجروح بسبب سقوط صاروخ من نوع "غراد" على أحد المنازل في شارع الخضري بحي وادي الدهب . وأضاف المصادر ان الصاروخ الذي وقع في حي عكرمة ادى الى احتراق 8 سيارات والحاق اضرار مادية كبيرة بالمنازل والمحال التجارية .. واتهمت الحكومة السورية مسلحي المعارضة بإطلاق الصواريخ على الأحياء التي تقع تحت سيطرة النظام ..

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Rocket Attack in Government Held area...
By ttmadmin
27 Feb 2014

Rocket Shelling on residential neighborhoods in the government controlled areas of Homs
Date: 27/2/2014
Location of Shooting: Akrama Neighborhood in the city of Homs

6 people killed and 24 injured after being hit by “Grad” rockets in the Akrama neighborhoods of Homs, which lies under the control of the Syrian government.
Local source in the city said 8 people were killed and at least 21 injured by a Grad rocket on Akrama Neighborhood in the city of Homs and three other people were injured by another Grad rocket that hit a house in the Alkhodari street in the neighborhood of Wadi al Dahab, Homs.

The government has accused Syrian opposition militants of firing the rockets on the neighborhoods controlled by the government.

قذائف صاروخية تستهدف أحياء سكنية في مناطق تخضع لسيطرة النظام في مدينة حمص تاريخ الإنتاج: 27/2/2014 موقع التصوير: حي عكرمة مدينة حمص

قتل 6 أشخاص وأصيب 24 بجروح جراء سقوط قذائف صاروخية في أحياء حمص التي تقع تحت سيطرة الحكومة السورية. مصادر محلية أعلنت أن 8 أشخاص قتلوا على الأقل وصيب 21 بجروح جراء سقوط صاروخ من نوع "غراد" على حي عكرمة في مدينة حمص ، كما أصيب 3 أشخاص بجروح بسبب سقوط صاروخ من نوع "غراد" على أحد المنازل في شارع الخضري بحي وادي الدهب . وأضاف المصادر ان الصاروخ الذي وقع في حي عكرمة ادى الى احتراق 8 سيارات والحاق اضرار مادية كبيرة بالمنازل والمحال التجارية .. واتهمت الحكومة السورية مسلحي المعارضة بإطلاق الصواريخ على الأحياء التي تقع تحت سيطرة النظام ..

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Rocket Attack in Government Held area...
By ttmadmin
27 Feb 2014

Rocket Shelling on residential neighborhoods in the government controlled areas of Homs
Date: 27/2/2014
Location of Shooting: Akrama Neighborhood in the city of Homs

6 people killed and 24 injured after being hit by “Grad” rockets in the Akrama neighborhoods of Homs, which lies under the control of the Syrian government.
Local source in the city said 8 people were killed and at least 21 injured by a Grad rocket on Akrama Neighborhood in the city of Homs and three other people were injured by another Grad rocket that hit a house in the Alkhodari street in the neighborhood of Wadi al Dahab, Homs.

The government has accused Syrian opposition militants of firing the rockets on the neighborhoods controlled by the government.

قذائف صاروخية تستهدف أحياء سكنية في مناطق تخضع لسيطرة النظام في مدينة حمص تاريخ الإنتاج: 27/2/2014 موقع التصوير: حي عكرمة مدينة حمص

قتل 6 أشخاص وأصيب 24 بجروح جراء سقوط قذائف صاروخية في أحياء حمص التي تقع تحت سيطرة الحكومة السورية. مصادر محلية أعلنت أن 8 أشخاص قتلوا على الأقل وصيب 21 بجروح جراء سقوط صاروخ من نوع "غراد" على حي عكرمة في مدينة حمص ، كما أصيب 3 أشخاص بجروح بسبب سقوط صاروخ من نوع "غراد" على أحد المنازل في شارع الخضري بحي وادي الدهب . وأضاف المصادر ان الصاروخ الذي وقع في حي عكرمة ادى الى احتراق 8 سيارات والحاق اضرار مادية كبيرة بالمنازل والمحال التجارية .. واتهمت الحكومة السورية مسلحي المعارضة بإطلاق الصواريخ على الأحياء التي تقع تحت سيطرة النظام ..