Syria

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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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…
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