Syria: rebels target regime forces with missiles

Turkey-backed rebel fighters from the National Front for Liberation, a Syrian rebel coalition part of the Free Syrian Army, launch missiles on regime forces in the north of the Hama province. Rebel-held northern Syria has come under increasing fire by the regime and its ally Russia in recent weeks, despite a months-old buffer zone deal intended to shield it from any government offensive.

Trump warns Assad against ‘reckless’ attack on Idlib

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Rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army, who oppose the government of Bashar al-Assad, are preparing for battle in the province of Idlib – the last remaining militant and terrorist stronghold in Syria.

That’s as US president Donald Trump urges Russia and Iran to call off liberation efforts in the region.

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Afrin clashes RAW: FSA allied with Turkish troops engage in combat on city outskirts

Footage filmed on Tuesday allegedly showed the Free Syrian Army (FSA), allied with the Turkish army, engaging in combat in the village of Qarah Bash (Kocakirin) on the outskirts of Afrin city, as Turkish Armed Forces recently claimed they have surrounded the city with the aid of the FSA.

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RAW: Free Syrian Army under heavy gunfire from Turkish military

Turkish military expanded its operations in Syria’s dominantly Kurdish Azaz district, east of Afrin, on Monday as troops reportedly advanced into Mount Barsaya.

Footage shows Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters under fire from Turkish military.

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Syrian refugee accused of torturing civilians in Aleppo on trial in Germany

A Syrian refugee is being tried in Germany for alleged war crimes.
The suspected former commander of the Free Syrian Army is accused of torturing civilians in the city of Aleppo. Local media report that he was arrested after one of his alleged victims recognized him in the street. Miguel Francis Santiago has the story.

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Turning blind eye? NATO weapons reportedly end up in hands of jihadists fighting in Syria

Weapons from a NATO member state have ended up in the hands of Jihadists in Syria that is according to an investigation carried out by a Bulgarian journalist. A commander from the western-backed Free Syrian Army claims the US-led coalition is aware of this but chooses to look the other way. RT’s Emily Sui investigates.

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Urban Tank Battle: Syrian Arab Army launches offensive against opposition militants near Damascus

Footage shot on Friday in Al-Hamah, in the countryside near Damascus, captures heavy fighting between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and opposition militants. Heavy gunfire and the sounds of explosions can be heard on the footage, as thick smoke billow from surrounding buildings. Tanks can also be seen on the streets of Al-Hamah, as they take part in the operation. According to local media the SAA launched an offensive on positions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and affiliated groups in the area, after the opposition fighters reportedly violated the peace deal by refusing to retreat from Al-Hamah.

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US-backed FSA kicks out American special forces troops from Syrian border town

“Five or six” US special forces troops had to withdraw from the town of al-Rai on Syria’s border with Turkey, after allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) had driven them out, calling them “infidels” and “crusaders,” several media outlets have reported.

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‘Refugees in their own country’: Turkey fails to protect civilians from ISIS, supports Syrian rebels

While civilians who still live on the Turkish-Syrian border suffer from Islamic State attacks and blame Turkish army inaction, so-called moderate rebels of the Free Syrian Army, fighting side-by-side with Islamist extremists, openly admit Ankara’s support.

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Caught Between the Islamic State and the Kurds: Exiled From Tal Abyad

In June 2015, Kurdish forces — supported by the Free Syrian Army and US-led coalition airstrikes — drove out the Islamic State (IS) from the northern Syrian town of Tal Abyad — a strategically important gain in the battle against the jihadists. Yet the fighting also forced waves of refugees to cross the border into the Turkish town of Akcakale.

The advance on Tal Abyad, containing a diverse population of Arabs, Turkmen, and Kurds, provoked the Turkish government and a coalition of rebel groups to accuse Kurdish forces of “ethnic cleansing” and displacing Arabs and Turkmen — an accusation strongly denied by the Kurdish forces.

Yet allegations of forcible displacement persist among refugees, with some telling VICE News that their hometown is now under another hostile occupation, and others stating that life under IS rule was better.

Many refugees in Akcakale have had to set up camp in parks, or rent overcrowded housing. There is a lack of food and a number of children require immediate medical attention.

VICE News meets the refugees and activists of Tal Abyad, where they describe their new life in Turkey, as well as their fears for the future.

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Exiled From Tal Abyad (Trailer)

In June 2015, Kurdish forces — supported by the Free Syrian Army and US-led coalition airstrikes — drove out the Islamic State (IS) from the northern Syrian town of Tal Abyad — a strategically important gain in the battle against the jihadists. Yet the fighting also forced waves of refugees to cross the border into the Turkish town of Akcakale.

The advance on Tal Abyad, containing a diverse population of Arabs, Turkmen, and Kurds, provoked the Turkish government and a coalition of rebel groups to accuse Kurdish forces of “ethnic cleansing” and displacing Arabs and Turkmen — an accusation strongly denied by the Kurdish forces.

Yet allegations of forcible displacement persist among refugees, with some telling VICE News that their hometown is now under another hostile occupation, and others stating that life under IS rule was better.

Many refugees in Akcakale have had to set up camp in parks, or rent overcrowded housing. There is a lack of food and a number of children require immediate medical attention.

VICE News meets the refugees and activists of Tal Abyad, where they describe their new life in Turkey, as well as their fears for the future.

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The Volunteer Firefighters of Daraa (Excerpt from ‘The Battle for Syria’s South’)

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.

In this excerpt from ‘The Battle for Syria’s South,’ VICE News follows a group of volunteers tackling fires and rescuing civilians trapped in rubble, as barrel bombs and grad rockets rain down daily on neighborhoods.

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Cutting the Regime’s Supply Line (Extra Scene from ‘The Battle for Syria’s South’)

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.

In this extra scene from ‘The Battle for Syria’s South,’ VICE News meets the commander of the Jisr al-Haran brigade and his men, where their mission is to attack all regime convoys and cut off the supply line to Daraa.

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The Battle for Syria’s South (Full Length)

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 followed 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.

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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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Machine Guns and Barrel Bombs: The Battle for Syria’s South (Part 1)

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 one of a two-part series, Abu Hadi shows VICE News how his men take the fight to the regime on the frontlines east of Daraa, and we also meet the volunteers trying to save locals from the barrel bombs that rain down daily on the city.

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The Battle for Syria’s South (Trailer)

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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 followed 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.

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Teenage Soldiers and Homemade Grenades: Ghosts of Aleppo (Part 2)

The Syrian city of Aleppo, under constant bombardment by air and threatened by both Syrian regime forces and Islamic State militants on the ground, is now one of the most dangerous places in the world. In addition to fighting the enemies at the gates, Aleppo’s rebels have to contend with adversaries within the city, including armed gangs of criminals and pro-Islamic State infiltrators.

While the US government is now ramping up military aid to the ostensibly secular Free Syrian Army, Aleppo’s Islamic Front rebels are holding their ground with homemade munitions. Considered too Islamist for support from the West, and too moderate for jihadist fundraisers, the Islamic Front is preparing for the final battle. VICE News followed Islamic Front fighters defending the rebel-held half of the city against overwhelming odds from both the might of the Syrian regime and the resurgent Islamic State.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – July, 08 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: pro-Russia separatists reportedly destroy bridges near Donetsk to halt Ukrainian troop advances, Syrian activists keep rebels online, Zimbabwean president says white people can’t own land, and Myanmar’s government acknowledges trafficking of wild elephants into Thailand.

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UKRAINE
Bridges Leading to Donetsk Blown Up
State media says separatists are trying to stop troops from reaching the embattled city.

SYRIA
Activists Help to Keep Rebels Online
A group of engineers in the north of the country is using satellites to keep the Free Syrian Army connected.

ZIMBABWE
Mugabe Says White People Can No Longer Own Land
The leader wants the country’s remaining white farmers to cede their land to black Zimbabweans.

MYANMAR
Wild Elephants Trafficked Into Thailand
Wildlife NGO Traffic says the animals are subjected to brutal treatment while they’re domesticated for tourist camps.

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