The Southern Storm Offensive: The Battle for Syria’s South (Part 2)

Daraa is where Syria’s revolution began four years ago. Now it’s the scene of a forgotten war, in which largely secular Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels — marginalized elsewhere in Syria — continue to lead the struggle against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

The FSA are fighting a bitterly hard battle under a virtual media blackout to change the course of Syria’s civil war. If they can take Daraa, they will stand at the beginning of the road to Damascus, the seat of Assad’s government.

VICE News follows the Fallujah Horan brigade of the FSA and their charismatic commander Abu Hadi Aboud as they fight to push the regime out of Daraa’s eastern suburbs.

In part two of a two-part series, VICE News follows Abu Hadi and his brigade as they plan an assault on a vital regime position, which takes an unexpected turn.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – May,23 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Ukraine’s government says at least 14 soldiers were killed in fighting with pro-Russia separatists, Syrian government and opposition forces fight for a suburb of the capital, China sentences nearly 40 on terror charges in Xinjiang, and Honduras moves inmates out of its overcrowded prisons.

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More than a Dozen Soldiers Killed in East
Government officials blame Russia for supporting rebels to destabilize the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Read more on vicenews.com

Fighting Continues for Damascus Suburb, Prison Siege Broken
Bashar Al Assad’s government seeks to take back territory ahead of next month’s presidential vote.

Government Sentences Dozens on Terror Charges
Ethnic Uyughurs will be jailed up to 15 years in a region recently hit by a string of attacks.

Inmates Moved Out of Overcrowded Prisons
Some of the country’s 13,000 inmates will be transferred to government buildings.

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