The American Jihadist: Eric Harroun In His Own Words

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In July of 2013 American Eric Harroun travelled to Syria to fight against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. He would wind up arrested by the FBI on terrorism-related charges. This is Eric’s story in his own words.

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The Battle for Aleppo – Trailer

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Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, is witnessing continued clashes between government forces and opposition fighters on several fronts in and around the city. Those who could afford to flee have left. However many civilians remain, either unwilling or without the means to leave. Those remaining are subjected to a continuous bombardment by barrel bombs deployed by regime helicopters and warplanes.

In recent months, due to the increased military strength and growing confidence of the regime, the situation has deteriorated for those who live in the rebel held areas of the city.

Almost totally encircled and under siege from constant air strikes, many civilians, including women and children have been injured or killed.

VICE NEWS gained unprecedented access to armed jihadi groups in Aleppo as they fought Assad’s forces and trained for battles in future. We met a commander from Jabhat al-Nusra, the largest jihadist group in the city, and the children of fighters from Syria and abroad.

VICE NEWS also covered the efforts of the “Civilian Rescue Force” — a non-aligned group of volunteers, as they desperately try to save as many lives as possible in the aftermath of regime air strikes.

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VICE on HBO Extended: A Syria of Their Own

Thomas Morton spends the night training with the teenage female fighters of the Kurdish militia in Syria.

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VICE on HBO Debrief: A Syria of Their Own

Thomas Morton went to war-torn Syria where the Kurdish people are fighting to set up their own autonomous state. This is his Debrief from Season 2 Episode 4 of VICE on HBO.

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ISIS Rebels Burn a Pile of Cigarettes and Alcohol in Syria: This Just In

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Members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group ISIS publicly burned cigarette and alcohol stockpiles in the ISIS-controlled Syrian city of Raqqa on April 2. ISIS has a strong presence across north and mid-Syria, where it has instituted Sharia law on the population and banned smoking and drinking alcohol.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 31, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: protesters in Haiti call for the president’s resignation, fresh reports of violence in Darfur, Spanish journalists released by Syrian militants and a Ukrainian former boxer withdraws from the presidential race.

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Haitian Protesters Demand President’s Resignation
Thousands of protesters rallied on the streets of the Haitian capital Port-Au-Prince over the weekend, calling for the resignation of president Michel Martelly.

Violence in Darfur
The United Nations and the African Union have voiced increasing concern over recent violence in South Sudan’s Darfur region.

Spanish Journalists Held in Syria Freed
Two Spanish journalists who were kidnapped 6 months ago by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have returned to Spain where they were finally reunited with their families.

Former Boxer Withdraws from Presidential Race, Endorses Billionaire
Former heavyweight boxer Vitaliy Klitschko has announced that he is withdrawing from the Ukrainian presidential elections.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 28, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: YouTube blocked in Turkey, peace deal in the Philippines, miners protest in Peru and Israeli partiers arrested in Peru.

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YouTube Blocked in Turkey
Turkish authorities have blocked access to Youtube following a video posted to the site by an anonymous account that appears to contain audio recordings of top government officials discussing potential military strikes in Syria.

Philippines Signs Peace Deal with Muslim Rebels
The Philippines and the country’s largest Muslim rebel group just signed a historic peace agreement after 17 years of negotiations.

Thousands of Miners Protest in Peru
Thousands of small-scale miners in Peru blocked roads around the country and in the capital during protests that left one person dead and a dozen injured.

Israeli Tourists Arrested for Partying on Ancient Site
Elsewhere in Peru, 60 mostly Israeli tourists have been arrested for vandalism, illegal drugs and alcohol on an ancient site outside of Cusco.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 26, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: France’s far right party, Russia’s space program, Taliban attacks in Afghanistan and Syria’s space program.

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France’s Far Right Party Wins A Socialist Stronghold
France’s anti-immigrant National Front party just won an election in Henin-Beaumont — an industrial town that used to be a stronghold of the Socialist party.

Sanctions Impacting Russia’s Space Program
The recent tensions between Moscow and Washington could hinder the US-Russian Space collaboration, affecting NASA’s future role in Space. Read the article on VICE News: https://news.vice.com/articles/how-to-screw-your-partner-in-space

Attacks Highlight Afghanistan’s Fragile Security
The Taliban killed at least six people and left dozens wounded in three separate attacks in Afghanistan, just 10 days before the general elections are set to take place. Read the Article on VICE News: https://news.vice.com/articles/taliban-intensifies-attacks-ahead-of-afghan-election

Syrian Government Announces Space Agency
In spite of a civil war that has torn its country apart for more than three years, the Syrian government has announced plans to start its own Space agency.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 21, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: journalists in Iran, Iraq’s child bride legislation, BP signs a new contract and Lebanon deploys troops in Arsal.

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Journalists Convince Iran to Withdraw Repressive Measures
Iran is scrapping its plan to regulate journalism after receiving an open letter from more than 400 of the country’s journalists.

Iraq’s Controversial Child Bride Legislation
A controversial new law being drafted in Iraq would make it legal for children as young as 9 to get married.

BP Wins US Oil Contract
Just four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP has won a new oil contract.

Lebanese Army Deployed in Border Town of Arsal
The Lebanese Army has deployed forces in Arsal – a Sunni town on the border of Lebanon and Syria.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 17, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: rebel groups in Syria, hydro electricity in Pakistan, Nazi stolen art and Fukushima clean up workers protest.

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Rebel Groups in Northern Syria
Almost every other rebel group is now fighting ISIS. Things are finally looking up for Syrian Revolutionary front – an alliance of rebel groups who are chasing ISIS out of northwest Syria.

Pakistani Kashmir Uses Water to Solve Energy Crisis
Hundreds of families in Pakistani Kashmir are setting up small-scale hydro electricity projects to deal with the country’s energy crisis.

France Returns Nazi Stolen Art
France’s Culture Minister returned three paintings stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners.

Fukushima Protesters on Poor Working Conditions
Roughly one-hundred workers who helped to clean up the Fukushima nuclear plant staged a protest over low pay and dangerous conditions.

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