Syria

Preaching jihad with a Hello Kitty notebook


Zahran Allouch is a jihadist fighting against Bashar Al-Assad’s army in Syria. Sounds pretty tough, right? Except that when he gives motivational speeches to his troops, he uses a Hello Kitty notebook. Read more...
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Afghan migrants offered $500 by Iran to fight for Syrian regime

 
Iran has been accused of recruiting and sending Afghanistan’s Shia Muslims to fight alongside the Assad regime in war-torn Syria. Afghan migrants say they are being trained and deployed by the country’s notorious Revolutionary Guards. Two Afghans tell us more…

Survival recipes from Syrian rebels under siege

 
Thanks to an agreement between the Syrian regime and the opposition, hundreds of Syrian rebels are set to be evacuated from the old city of Homs, which has been under siege by the regular army. Rebels and civilians alike have been starved after a two-year-long blockade of the city, which has forced them to subsist on olives and herbs for months at a time. To fight against this food shortage, a Homs rebel named Abou Omar has created clever recipes with unusual products, and has been sharing these recipes on social networks. Read more...
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Disillusioned Syrian fighter shares his story in ‘selfie’ video

 
Abu Khaled is a rebel in the Free Syrian Army (FSA). After fighting in the backstreets of old Homs, he is now on the Hoch Hijo front just four kilometres away from the besieged city, where he continues to fight against the troops of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He sent us this video in which he shares his experience as a fighter and reveals his deep despair. Read more...
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Syrian refugee children stage King Lear

The challenge itself was Shakespearean in scope: one Syrian director decided to retell Shakespeare’s celebrated tragedy King Lear using a cast of 100 Syrian refugee children. The backdrop was not ancient Britain but Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Read more...

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Two Syrians invent robot medic to outfox snipers

 
A robot might soon save the victims of sniper fire in Syria. At least, that’s what the inventors of Tena, a “robot medic”, are hoping. Working out of a shed not far from the Turkish border with Syria, two engineers see their creation as the only solution to Syria’s sniper problem. Read more...
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Video: Less than diplomatic scenes at Syria peace talks

Heated disputes at the Syrian peace talks, known as Geneva-2, have been caught on camera in two videos shot behind the scenes at the conference. Read more...

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A Syrian city sweeps away the traces of war

After a week of intense fighting against rebel groups in late November, the Syrian army took back the city of Deir Atiyah, about 90 km north of Damascus. The city’s residents took advantage of this period of calm to launch a clean-up operation. Read more...

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