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Video: Iraqi man reveals absurdities of Baghdad security checkpoints

Iraq is one of the world’s most dangerous countries. As a result, Iraqi cities are overrun by soldiers and policemen, and there are roadblocks everywhere. One Iraqi man decided to test these security measures, which turn out to be nothing but smoke and mirrors. Read more...

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Is this video of separatists executing two Ukrainian army officers staged?

 
The authenticity of a video that alleges to show the execution of two Ukrainian officers in the restive east of the country is under heavy scrutiny. In the footage, a masked man shoots two men hooded and facing the wall after a separatist leader – identified as Igor Bezler – addresses the camera and gives the order to fire. Read more…
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Afghan migrants offered $500 by Iran to fight for Syrian regime

 
Iran has been accused of recruiting and sending Afghanistan’s Shia Muslims to fight alongside the Assad regime in war-torn Syria. Afghan migrants say they are being trained and deployed by the country’s notorious Revolutionary Guards. Two Afghans tell us more…

Benghazi chaos: Exclusive testimony as battles rage in Libya's second city

 
On May 28, soldiers from the Libyan army began bombarding neighbourhoods in the country’s second biggest city, Benghazi. They were targeting the bases of two armed Islamic groups: the 17 February Brigade and Ansar al-Sharia. Since then, fighting has spread across the city. Read eyewitness testimony from residents caught in the crossfire...
 

Evangelical churches in Cameroon oppose polio vaccinations for children

 
The government has launched a massive polio immunisation campaign in western Cameroon to counter the disease, which primarily affects children. The operation has overall been successful but is nonetheless encountering pockets of resistance, including, notably, from evangelical churches that are fighting tooth and nail to prevent the vaccination of children. Read more...

Bahrain in shock after teenage boy killed in clashes

 
The village of Sitra, south of the Bahraini capital Manama, has been in shock following the death of a teenage boy last Wednesday during clashes between Shiite demonstrators and police. The boy had been filming the protests on behalf of opposition activists. Read more...
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Images from Kidal, Mali’s rebel bastion

 
Residents of the northern Malian town of Kidal have had a difficult week, with repeated clashes between the army and Tuareg armed groups. This violence, which erupted when the Malian prime minister visited the rebel bastion, has taken place far from any TV cameras. However, our Observers have been able to send us a few amateur images of the town, which is now under the control of the armed separatists. Read more...

Videos appear to show Israeli soldiers shoot live bullets at protesters

 
Two young Palestinian protesters were killed and two more were wounded during clashes with the Israeli soldiers on May 15 in Beituna, a town near Ramallah. While the Israeli army denied having used lethal weapons, surveillance videos have emerged showing the protesters shot by what appears to be live bullets. Read more...

The mysterious origins of Iran's animated anti-Israel films

 
It’s an all-out war between Iran and Israel – in cartoon form. And Iran is winning, at least according to a string of explosion-filled propaganda films the country continues to release. Though Hassan Rohani’s government has sought to somewhat assuage tensions with Israel, these 3D animated films, which first appeared under his predecessor’s reign, keep on coming.  Read more...
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