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Videos show Iranian officers supervising Syrian soldiers

Videos published online show Iranian military officers working with soldiers from Syria’s regular army, giving them advice and instructions for combat. This footage revives the debate over Iran’s military presence in Syria, even as Iranian authorities continue to deny that they have sent any of their fighters there. Read more...

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Congolese soldiers desecrate rebel corpses

 
Since Sunday, the Congolese army and the M23 rebel movement have been engaged in fighting near Goma, in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Several photos show Congolese soldiers defiling rebel corpses. Read more...

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Videos of Afghan war tread fine line between voyeurism and therapy

 
Video footage of American troops fighting against the Taliban in Afghanistan has garnered widespread attention online, highlighting a growing interest in raw, first-hand accounts from the 11 year-old conflict. While there are some who watch out of curiosity, others are veterans for whom the videos may serve as a means to cope with the trauma of war. Read more…
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US apology for burning of Korans fails to quell Afghans' anger

 
Afghans are finding it hard to believe that US troops from the northern city of Bagram’s military base burned prisoner’s Korans “by mistake”, as contrite top US brass have tried to explain. The news sparked three days of violent protests in cities across the country. Read more…
 

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Why are Syrian soldiers releasing video footage of the crackdown?

 
For the past few weeks, there has been a number of videos filmed by members of Syria’s security forces posted on YouTube, prompting the question: why are some soldiers willing to release footage of fighting and shocking abuse to the world? According to our Observer on the ground, the answer is simple – money. Watch the videos...
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Tanks roll into Rastan: “This is collective punishment"

 
The Syrian town of Rastan woke to the sound of approaching tanks Monday morning as some 40 army vehicles rolled in at dawn. Our Observer on the ground describes the situation. Read more…
 
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A concerto on an Israeli tank

 
The Bible says a time of universal peace will come when swords will be turned into ploughshares. For Israeli reservist Dror Gomel, that time is now. The 36-year-old has transformed his military tank into a melodic percussion instrument. Watch the videos...
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Rebels try to rid Benghazi of pro-Gaddafi infiltrators

 
In the wake of General Abdel Fattah Younes’ assassination last week, Libya’s opposition forces are trying to weed out infiltrators in rebel capital Benghazi, in eastern Libya. On Saturday, just three days after Younes’ death, National Transitional Council forces clashed with a group of armed men they alleged were loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, rounding up at least 63 men and killing 11. Our Observers in Benghazi call this operation a “victory,” and deny any divisions within the rebel camp. Read more…
 
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Homs awakes to heavy shelling

 
Residents of the Syrian city of Homs awoke on Thursday to intense shelling by the army and security forces. Shooting and explosions could be heard in the old district of Bab Sbaa, and the resulting fires ravaged the city centre, eyewitnesses say. Our Observer there brings us this rare first-hand report. Read more…
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Homs residents wonder: why aren’t soldiers shooting at us?

 
Images of Syrian armed forces opening fire at a protesting crowd have become so frequent that they’re almost routine. It’s when they don’t shoot that it comes as a surprise. That’s what makes this footage of soldiers peacefully chatting with residents of the city of Homs on July 17 so unusual. Read more…
 
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