Syria

Do-it-yourself weaponry: How Syrian rebels wage war

 
The vast majority of the Syrian rebels’ weapons come from the regular army’s stocks. The rebels use everything they can get their hands on — ranging from ammunition and weapons to vehicles — and modify the equipment to fit their needs. Read more...
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Video: "Heart-eating" Syrian rebel defends act

 
Abu Sakkar became infamous last week when a video surfaced online showing him apparently tearing the heart out of a Syrian soldier’s corpse and biting into it. Now, the rebel fighter explains his act in a new video. Read more...

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As violence spills into Turkey, Syrian refugees once again draw the short straw

 
A video has emerged showing Turks lashing out at Syrian refugees just minutes after deadly bombings hit the Turkish border town of Reyhanli. A Syrian woman who witnessed the attack describes the turmoil her community now faces, explaining that Syrian refugees feel abandoned by Turkey. Read more...
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Children caught up in fighting on both sides of Syrian conflict

 
Children and teenagers were front-row witnesses of the Syrian uprising from the very beginning, as participants both in protests against the regime as well as protests in support of president Bashar Al-Assad. But as civil war has engulfed the country, they have become actors in the conflict in their own right. Three local activists tell us how the war has ensnared these youths. Read more...

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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