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A doctor’s struggle on Kobane’s frontlines


Nearly a month after the start of the Islamic State (IS) organisation’s attack on Kobane, fighting continues to rage between the jihadists and Kurdish fighters trying to defend the city. Our Observer, a Kurdish doctor in Kobane’s only field hospital, is treating civilians and fighters with what little resources he has. Read more…
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Recycling in Sudan: Turning bombs into agricultural tools


For over three years, the Sudan government has been leading an intense bombing campaign on the Nuba Mountains, in South Kordofan. In an area cut off from the rest of the world, local villagers are now recycling the shells to help them grow crops. Read more...
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Al Qaeda and ISIS go to war - on Twitter


After a major offensive in northern Iraq, fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS – which recently started calling itself simply ‘the Islamic State’ – are now making gains in eastern Syria. In this country, their main target is not President Bashar Al Assad’s troops, but the Al Nusra Front - which is a branch of al Qaeda. The two jihadist groups are waging a bloody battle, both on the ground and online
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Survival recipes from Syrian rebels under siege

 
Thanks to an agreement between the Syrian regime and the opposition, hundreds of Syrian rebels are set to be evacuated from the old city of Homs, which has been under siege by the regular army. Rebels and civilians alike have been starved after a two-year-long blockade of the city, which has forced them to subsist on olives and herbs for months at a time. To fight against this food shortage, a Homs rebel named Abou Omar has created clever recipes with unusual products, and has been sharing these recipes on social networks. Read more...
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Did the Syrian army and rebels join forces to operate a checkpoint?

 
In the past month, there have been several cases of temporary truces in the fighting between Syrian soldiers and the armed opposition, notably in the suburbs of the capital Damascus. In this context, Internet users have shared a screen grab from a video presented as being a checkpoint manned by both rebels and the army. According to some Syrian Observers, this collaboration, which would be unprecedented, is plausible, but seems to be embarrassing the rebels. Read more…

In photos: Civilians armed with machetes roam CAR capital

“Kilometre 5” (or Km-5) is normally a bustling business district in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. But since Christian militias started attacking the neighbourhood’s Muslim residents, Km-5 has become a lawless zone, with civilians only venturing outside when armed with machetes. 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...

How a Syrian rebel stronghold fell into regime hands

 
Syrian Army soldiers have won control of the Khalidiya district in Homs, crushing one of the last rebel bastions in the central city that sits on the route linking Damascus with the coastal heartland of President Assad’s Alawite sect. The district had been surrounded by regime troops for a year, but in the last month they stepped up their assault, launching air attacks on a daily basis. With diminishing weapons supplies, the rebels were no longer able to maintain their near 2-year hold on Khalidiya. Read more...
 
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Renewed calls for jihad in Homs after Sunni shrine destroyed

 
The mausoleum of Khalid bin al Walid, one of the Prophet’s companions, was destroyed by shelling from the Syrian army on Monday, provoking outrage in the city of Homs. Rebel fighters there are now trying to use this incident to recruit new fighters via the Internet. Read more...

‘Fear no more the heat of the sun’: Shakespeare in S. Sudan

 
An improbable sight can be witnessed in Juba these days: South-Sudanese actors dressed in traditional garb reciting Shakespeare in Juba Arabic. They are part of South Sudan Theatre Company, which has been fighting tooth and nail to help the art of theatre thrive in a difficult environment. Read more...
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