Syria

Why al Qaeda has admitted its role in the Syrian conflict

 
On Tuesday, the head of al Qaeda in Iraq publicly unveiled its links to the jihadist group al-Nusra Front, which is fighting against the regime in Syria. In turn, the head of the al-Nusra Front has pledged allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahiri, who as Osama Bin Laden’s successor is at the helm of the entire terrorist organisation and has recently called for an Islamic holy war in Syria. FRANCE 24 talked to a jihadist fighter who shared his analysis of al Qaeda’s strategy in the Syrian conflict. Read more…

Tunisian architect turned jihadist talks of holy war in Syria

 
Abou Ayman is a young Tunisian architect who left everything behind to wage holy war thousands of kilometers from his home. He is one of several thousand foreign jihadists currently fighting against the Syrian regime. Read more...

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Video 'proof' of the Syrian army's use of ballistic missiles

 
For several months now, rebel fighters in Syria have accused the Syrian regime of using deadly ballistic missiles on civilians. The Syrian information minister, Omran al-Zoubi, has denied the accusations. However, several videos appear to show that the regular Syrian army has fired ground-to-ground soviet Scud missiles. Read more...
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Jabhat al-Nusra releases videos of its deadliest attacks in Syria

 
Al-Manara al-Bayda, the media arm of the jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra, has published a video showing several of their attacks on Syrian regime forces - a striking example of the militia’s firepower and the meticulous preparation. Jabhat al-Nusra is considered a terrorist organisation by the United States, which says it has links to Al-Qaeda. Read more...
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Jihadists behead statue of Syrian poet Abul Ala al-Maari

 
For more than a year, jihadists from the Al Nusra Front have been attacking statues of Abul Ala al-Maari – a 10th century poet – across the Idlib region of northwestern Syria. A few days ago, this armed group, listed by the United States as a terrorist organisation, carried out an attack on a bust of the philosopher in Maarat al-Nu’man, the town where he was born. Read more...

Too poor to flee to Turkey, families sleep in cars

 
For the past week, forces from the Syrian state army have been fighting to dislodge rebels in the countryside northwest of Hama. This has sent thousands of villagers fleeing, with many setting up makeshift camps or living in their cars. Read more…
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Studying in Syria: “My university campus is like a military zone”

 
More than 80 people died when two explosions tore through the University of Aleppo on Tuesday, which coincided with the first day of exams. In Syria, thousands of students are trying to continue their studies, despite the conflict. Two students gave us their first-hand accounts of what it’s like to study in a country at war. Read more...
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Propaganda war clouds view of Syria conflict

 
A year and nine months after the start of the Syrian uprising, reliable information from inside the country is harder than ever to come by. Propaganda techniques used by the government have also been adopted by the opposition, making it increasingly difficult for journalists to report on the situation, whether from on the ground or working online. Read more...
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Who are Syria's al-Nusra Front jihadists?

 
The United States has blacklisted the al-Nusra Front (Jabhat Al-Nosra), which is fighting against the Syrian army, as a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda. The Front has taken part in numerous recent assaults against government troops, including suicide attacks. Though the Front has used questionable military techniques, it collaborates with the Free Syrian Army, the rebel army largely supported by the international community. Read more...
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Damascus suburb bomb: “This was a warning to religious minorities to take sides”

 
Several dozen people died in two car bomb explosions in Jaramana, a south-eastern district of Damascus, early Wednesday morning. This area is predominantly inhabited by members of the country’s Druze and Christian minorities, most of which have so far stayed out of the Syrian uprising. Our Observer, who was in the district at the time, explains that this attack clearly targeted civilians. Read more...
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