Syria

Priests race to save manuscripts from jihadists in Iraq

As fighters from the Islamic State group rampage across northern Syria and Iraq, a group of priests are racing against time to save what's left of the region's Christian heritage. Dominican Order priests have already managed to get many precious artifacts and manuscripts safely to Erbil in Kurdistan. Read more...

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Kobane Kurds stranded on landmine-ridden border


In Kobane, a Syrian city located near the border with Turkey, street battles are raging between jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group and Kurdish fighters. A few hundred metres away, more than 2,000 Kurdish refugees have amassed at the border on terrain riddled with landmines. Read more...
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Secretly filming in the IS-group held city of Raqqa

Despite the risks, a young activist in Raqqa, a Syrian city held by the Islamic State organisation, has been secretly filming its streets on his mobile phone for more than a week. He shares his story with the FRANCE 24 Observers...

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Immunization teams 'negligent' in vaccines that killed Syrian children


Fifteen Syrian children died this week in Idlib province, in northern Syria, after receiving what was thought to be a measles vaccine during an immunization campaign sponsored by the opposition Syrian National Coalition. An investigation conducted by the opposition’s interim government showed that the children were injected with a strong anaesthetic instead of the measles vaccination. Bashar Kayal was a member of the investigation team and told FRANCE 24 about the circumstances of this “mistake”…
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US State Department trolls would-be jihadists with grisly video

This is no regular jihadist recruitment video. While it’s just as shockingly violent as the kind of videos the Islamic State organization regularly posts online – indeed, it uses some of their footage, as well as footage from news outlets – this video takes a mocking tone to try to steer potential recruits away from joining the group. Its makers? None other than the US State Department. Read more...

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Fake photo of ‘dead’ Islamic State leader circulates online

An image showing a corpse that looks like Islamic State organisation leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been making the rounds online over the past few days. However, it is fake: Al-Baghdadi’s face has been photoshopped onto another man’s body. Read more...

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Video: Islamic State militants humiliate Syrian soldiers before their execution

The Islamic State organisation (IS) has once again used social networks to broadcast its brutal propaganda. On Tuesday, the jihadist group published a new video showing a line of Syrian army soldiers being made to walk in their underwear in the desert. A source within IS told FRANCE 24 that these men were later executed. Read more...

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“Painting on death” in war-torn Syria


As the war in Syria drags on, its citizens must cope with the so-called new normal of violence, shortages, air raids and lack of basic amenities. This is the story of one Syrian artist, who uses old artillery shells and casings to create something beautiful in the besieged suburb of Douma. Read more...
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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…
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