Syria

Video shows kids narrowly escaping shelling in Damascus

 
Local activists in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, were interviewing a group of children hanging out in the street about all the horrors of war they had witnessed, when what appears to be shelling hits just metres away. In a video of the incident released Sunday, the panicked kids are seen scrambling to get away from the blast site. Later in the video, they are interviewed again, this time about their lucky escape. Read more…
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'Islamist posturing' is a strategy to raise funds, says Syrian rebel

 
The Free Syrian Army was once the main armed opposition force against Bashar al-Assad, but its influence has diminished as its fighters defect to Islamist brigades, which tend to be better financed and, as a result, better armed. The rebels who defected said their decision was based on pragmatism rather than religious belief. Read more...
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Video of Syrians eating cat “appears staged”

 
In a video published on October 28, two men are filmed skinning, cooking and eating a cat, allegedly because they face dire food shortages in their neighbourhood of the Damascus suburbs. While it is not impossible that Syrian civilians may have resorted to this where the fighting is fiercest and life the hardest, this video appears to have been carefully staged to create maximum impact. Read more...
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Syrian jihadists' new recruitment technique: slick suicide attack videos

 
Suicide attacks have been used as a war tactic for decades. However, in Syria, jihadists are also using suicide attacks as a recruitment tool by producing polished propaganda videos of the attacks, intended for online consumption. Read more...
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Al Qaeda lures Syrian children into its new schools

 
Despite the war, some schools in rebel-held areas of Syria have managed to open their doors for the new academic year. Some of these schools are run by jihadist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an organisation allied with Al Qaeda. Read more...

Jihadist video condemning intervention in Syria exposed as fake

 
A video purporting to show jihadists condemning a possible western intervention in Syria has been making the rounds on social networks. However, we have determined that this video, which was relayed by several media outlets and generated much commentary online, was actually faked. Read more...

Iranians joke, worry about Syrian regime’s possible downfall

 
Despite Iran being an ally to Syria, some Iranian citizens are taking to social networks to poke fun at what they see as Syrian president Bashar Al Assad’s imminent downfall, while others are fighting back. Read more...
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Chemical weapon claims: Two Syrian activists’ diverging viewpoints

 
Early on Wednesday, several rebel-held villages in the eastern suburbs of Damascus were heavily bombarded by the Syrian army. Activists from this village have accused the Syrian regime of using chemical weapons during this operation. Two Syrian activists from the area weigh in on these claims. Read more...

Syrian artists find refuge in Lebanese mountain retreat

 
Like all refugees that are forced to leave their war-torn countries, Syrian artists have had to put their careers on hold. However, a Lebanon-based patron has provided these painters, sculptors, and multimedia artists access to her Ottoman-era building to enable them to continue their work. This provides a unique opportunity for them to re-launch their careers. Read more...
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Jihadists in Syria wage a propaganda war – against each other

 
Since they gained control of the central Syrian city of Ar-Raqqah and its suburbs, jihadist rebel groups have been fighting a propaganda war against one another to mark their territory and draw as many supporters as possible into their ranks. This battle for influence is evidenced by the enormous posters displayed throughout the city, which are starting to annoy the population. Read more...
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