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Salym Fayad Inside FARC's Last Confer...
Caqueta
By Salym Fayad
16 Sep 2016

Since the content of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Farc was announced in Havana in late August 2016, the atmosphere at the rebel camps is unusually relaxed, and Farc members are spending more time relaxing and discussing the details of the agreement than training and hiding from the army.

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Salym Fayad Inside FARC's Last Confer...
Caqueta
By Salym Fayad
16 Sep 2016

Couples of Farc members share a moment during the rebel conference. Farc members attend the opening ceremony of the group’s 10th conference. Most Farc soldiers come from the country’s rural areas, some of which have been seriously affected by the 5-decade long armed conflict. “New social strategies must be put in place to develop the rural areas”, says one of them, who explains that to finance the struggle the Farc has been charging a tax on cocaine production to the different actors involved in the drug trade, a multimillion-dollar business that has fuelled the conflict, and rampant corruption, for decades. “The government must address this issue as a social problem, with adequate training programmes and subsidies; not criminalizing the farmers. And specially, with a strong emphasis on crop substitution for them”.

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Salym Fayad Inside FARC's Last Confer...
Caqueta
By Salym Fayad
16 Sep 2016

A couple of rebels take a nap in their makeshift hut sorrounded by their military garment and equipment. Every afternoon, in the hours following the conference sessions, voices could be heard coming from behind trees and inside the tents, as rebels discussed and shared notes taken during the meetings, and about the peace negotiations with the Colombian government.

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Salym Fayad Inside FARC's Last Confer...
Caqueta
By Salym Fayad
16 Sep 2016

The sun sets over the Yari plains, where the Farc celebrated their 10th rebel conference in September 2016, ahead of the signing of the peace deal. During the demobilisation process, Farc members will concentrate in temporary transition zones monitored by the United Nations. “Our demobilization will not be the end of our struggle”, says Martin, a Farc media officer. “But we realise that the conditions of the country and of the conflict have changed, and that our struggle will be more effective from the political arena”.

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Salym Fayad Inside FARC's Last Confer...
Caqueta, Colombia
By Salym Fayad
15 Sep 2016

Farc members take a break during the rebel conference. Miller, one of them, has been in the Farc for more than 20 years. He says, “We are willing to put our weapons down, but we are doing it because we have won the right to do so. We were forced to engage in the armed struggle because the political space had been closed. Now the door has been opened to do what we have always fought for: legal political participation, without being killed”.

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Salym Fayad Inside FARC's Last Confer...
Caqueta
By Salym Fayad
15 Sep 2016

A group of rebels have breakfast during before the conference procedings. One thousand rebel soldiers attended the event, while they prepared to be demobilised. The peace deal marks a historic opportunity to put an end to 52 years of armed conflict, in which more than 200 thousand people have been killed, tens of thousands have disappeared and 7 million have been displaced from their homes.

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Salym Fayad Inside FARC's Last Confer...
Caqueta, Colombia
By Salym Fayad
15 Sep 2016

Farc members swim, do laundry and cut their hair in a river near the rebel camp during their free time in the afternoons after the conference sessions in the Yari plains. Faiber (right) emphasises that demobilisation implies for them an enormous personal challenge. “Life in the bush can be hard, but it will be harder to get used to a world that is so foreign to us: life as a civilian”.

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US-Backed Syrian Democratic Forces En...
Manbij, Aleppo Governorate, Syria
By yekru
09 Jun 2016

Video Shows Arab and Kurdish fighters holding positions on the western frontline overlooking ISIS-held Manbij, a border city northwest of Raqqa, the defacto capital of ISIS, moments after Coalition airstrikes hit the city.

Supported by U.S.-led air strikes and American Special Forces, the Syrian Democratic Forces have launched an offensive to retake ISIS-controlled Raqqa.

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Inside Rebel Held Aleppo 01
Aleppo, Syria
By rami.zien
17 Feb 2016

White smoke resulting from clashes between the FSA and Kurdish fighters looms above the Sheikh Maksoud district of Aleppo.

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Inside Rebel Held Aleppo 02
Aleppo, Syria
By rami.zien
17 Feb 2016

The Castello Highway, the main strategic supply route for the FSA. Kurdish fighters from the YPG backed by regime forces are trying to cut the FSA supply lines by controlling parts of the highway.

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Aleppo, Syria
By rami.zien
17 Feb 2016

Citizens of al-Halk district in northern Aleppo carry foodstuffs. The rebel held district is considered to be a hot zone as Kurdish fighters from the YPG backed by the regime are attempting to take control over the area.

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Inside Rebel Held Aleppo 05
Aleppo, Syria
By rami.zien
17 Feb 2016

White smoke resulting from an airstrike rises above the Ashrafieh district of Aleppo.

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Aleppo, Syria
By rami.zien
17 Feb 2016

A merchant outside of the kiosk where he sells chicken in the market of al-Shaar distric, Aleppo.

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Inside Rebel Held Aleppo 07
Aleppo, Syria
By rami.zien
17 Feb 2016

A merchant sits in the kiosk where he sells butane gas and charcoal, relied on for heat, in the market of al-Shaar district, Aleppo.

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Inside Rebel Held Aleppo 08
Aleppo, Syria
By rami.zien
17 Feb 2016

Children sell biscuits in the road of al-Shaar market, Aleppo.

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Aleppo, Syria
By rami.zien
17 Feb 2016

Children sell biscuits in the road of al-Shaar market, Aleppo.

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Libyan Army Battles 'Libya Dawn' Guer...
Kikla
By Mourad TEYEB
14 Feb 2016

Our reporters were embedded with the Libyan Army during a battle against Libya Dawn (Fajr Libya) guerrillas in Kikla (South-west of Tripoli).

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Ukraine: The Wait
Kiev, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Dec 2015

Completed over the course of three trips to Ukraine in 2014/15, this multimedia piece explores the heavy silence of war - away from the war porn of frontline fighting and Western-Russain power plays. With Ukraine slipping back into the corrupt era of Yanukovich, the anxious wait for reforms, true independence and peace continues.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
17 Oct 2015

Shells land 20 kilometers away. Four months later, in January 2016, a separatist rocket attack a few blocks away kills 30 civilians.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
17 Oct 2015

Separatists’ diversionary raid on a railway bridge leaves passenger trains stranded in Mariupol, Donetsk region. After many months of idleness, the bridge was finally repaired.

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
14 Oct 2015

[Radio chatter] Separatist positions report ‘111’ – ‘All clear’. Other call signs are ‘110’ – we’re being attacked; and ‘112’ – We’re attacking. It is believed, that the previously stationed Chechens and Don Cossacks have been replaced with regular Russian military combatants.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
14 Oct 2015

Ukrainian street musicians perform a song by a
Russian rock band, ‘Splin’

I want to fall asleep and never wake up
go away into the sea and not come back
or come back, but together

With you so much more interesting
with you so many interesting things around
and not even tight (suffocating)

Without the squares, railway stations, stops
without all these civilisations

One more sip - and we’re on fire
on one, two, three

Burn with fire, your third Rome
catch my rhythm
and dance, dance, dance, dance

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Mayorsk, Donetsk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
14 Oct 2015

The patrol passes along the village streets, dotted by drunk civilians and military personnel – a sign not so uncommon even before the war. Somewhere in the vicinity, a high ranking Ukrainian officer was assaulted and kidnapped with his armed escort a week before.

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Zolote, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
30 Aug 2015

Sergei sits during night watch on the Permovaisk frontline, prepping his gun at the slightest noise in the distance; remains of an exploded 80mm mortar shell is a few meters away. In the morning, his face bathes in the warmth of a late summer’s sunrise.

“What a beautiful day, we all woke up alive.”

Sergei died on September 23rd during a skirmish, one day before he was due to return home.

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Zolote, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
29 Aug 2015

“I came here to replace the guys who have been here for months without rotation, so someone can go home - not because I’m some big Ukrainian patriot,” says Vladislav, stationed in Zolote.

Even before the war, the old mining village was poor, with crumbling buildings dotting the streets. Now, with even less people remaining, pensioners gather for a daily market - made up of 5 stalls, overshadowed by a modest Lenin statue. Three blocks away, Ukrainian soldiers occupy the vacant houses, which are shelled on a nightly basis.

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
29 Aug 2015

“One year ago, the commander put tanks in the first line, as if it was the Second World War; now you have accurate weapons – the whole crew died,” says one of the commanders.

The decrepit reminder of the war ruins the beautiful vista over the steppes of Donbas. Yet, the war is still on going, the steppes are the buffer zone, and the current trenches still scar the landscape, two meters behind the tank.

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Kyiv
By Benas Gerdziunas
27 Aug 2015

Away from the headlines of Western-Russian power plays and war porn of frontline fighting; away from boys with a cause, imperial ambitions and the spectacle of war. What’s left is the chilling wait and anxiety. The sluggish nightmare immerses anyone unlucky enough to be caught up close – families stuck in the buffer zones, blaming elusive fascists,
as their men fight for the elusive Russians. The nightly grind of staring into the darkness of a frozen conflict, confined to the trench and radio transmitting enemy reports of your own movements; the sweeping apathy back home.

While Ukraine is slipping back into the corrupt era of Yanukovich, Eastern Ukraine is trapped in a disaster, which shows no signs of letting go. The anxious wait for reforms, true independence and peace continues.

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
27 Aug 2015

The night passes peacefully, with sporadic pot-shots fired from the opposing lines; the Ukrainians do not respond. Without appropriate night-vision gear, the watch is spent chewing through bags of seeds – siemki, and a constant flow of tea and, if available, coffee.

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
27 Aug 2015

Weapons sit idly, as the soldiers rest before the nightly grind.

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
26 Aug 2015

After months without rotation, the prospects of an entrenched warfare remain bleak. Stationary frontline attritions grind is more reminiscent of World War One, than a 21st century battlefield. Faced with increasing apathy from their own society in Ukraine, many soldiers turn to bottle, or worst - chair and a rope – even if the problem has not yet reached epidemic proportions.

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MH17 Crash Site
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Antoine E. R. Delaunay
20 Jul 2015

Photos of the site where Air Malaysia flight MH17 was downed by a missile in rebel-held territory in Ukraine's Donetsk province. 

In July 2015, investigators alleged that the missile was fired by pro-Russian rebels who thought the plane was a Ukrainian military aircraft.

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Nigerian Army Implicated in Village A...
Jos
By jfaden
08 Jul 2015

At the moment when the world is focusing its attention on reporting on Boko Haram atrocities, the Nigerian army in its bid to fight insurgency on its soil was accused of committing human right abuses.
Amnesty International has report evidence of human right abuses perpetrated by the Nigerian Army in the North Eastern part of Nigeria with proof based on dozens of military documents, interviews with victims and eyewitnesses.
However the Nigerian Army has since denied the authenticity of the report through the Chief of Administration of Nigeria Army, Major General Adamu Baba Abubakar who said they have commenced investigation into Amnesty International’s allegations against them saying the allegations against the Nigerian troops can dampen the spirit and morale of troops.
Major-General Adamu also accused Amnesty International of not cooperating with the Nigerian Army in the investigation saying the Nigerian military is a conventional and professional military that is driven by international standards and best practices.
Meanwhile the people living in villages around Jos in North Eastern Nigeria are not buying the military’s version of the story as they have been crying out over what they termed as unfair harassment and brutal treatment by the army sent for peace keeping in the volatile area.
The villages in the North Eastern part of Nigeria close to Jos City have been a battle ground with an average of 10 people murdered weekly by what security operatives called 'unknown gunmen' who many suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents running from the Nigerian Army in the north east and looking for a more peaceful settlement like the north central region.
The villagers have been raising alarm over the influx of strangers in the area which makes many to flee from their ancestral homes. The Gunmen killed and sacked dozens of villages rendering thousands homeless (at the moment it is dangerous to go in and film the destruction in the interior).
The Army is stationed in those villages but the attacks were going on unabated which makes the villagers to be suspicious of the army and accuse them of complicity in the attacks.
Whenever there was an attack on any village in the area and the villagers demand to know why they were been attacked with the army around instead they will be harassed, beaten, threatened to be arrested and sometimes shot at by the military without explanation.
Things went out of hand on the 17th of June last month in the village of Heipang about 20kms from Jos city when women protesting the army stationing their armored tank close to where the women displayed their ware for sale by the roadside as that will scared customers were shot at directly by the soldiers, two women were hit by bullets and died on the spot, one was shot at with a baby on her back as she ran into a shop for protection.
First week of this month, for three days, the army came to the village around Foron about 35 kms to Jos in Hilux trucks and armored tanks breaking into the houses of the villagers who fled on seeing the soldiers, destroying properties and even killing animals, despites the villagers demand for explanation, they refused to explain what they were looking for and ruled out any compensation.
The Army also refused to be interviewed on tape instead they accused the villagers of attacking soldiers which they said is what led to the house to house assault and refused to also produce evidence supporting the statement on attacks on their men.

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Foron Village, Jos, Nigeria
By jfaden
08 Jul 2015

At the moment when the world is focusing its attention on reporting on Boko Haram atrocities, the Nigerian army in its bid to fight insurgency on its soil was accused of committing human right abuses.

Amnesty International has report evidence of human right abuses perpetrated by the Nigerian Army in the North Eastern part of Nigeria with proof based on dozens of military documents, interviews with victims and eyewitnesses.

In this video, witnesses of an attack on Foron, a small village near Jos, tell their stories, and speak out against the perpetrators of the attacks.

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Nigeria: Witnesses Describe Village A...
Heipang Village, Jos, Nigeria
By jfaden
08 Jul 2015

At the moment when the world is focusing its attention on reporting on Boko Haram atrocities, the Nigerian army in its bid to fight insurgency on its soil was accused of committing human right abuses.

Amnesty International has report evidence of human right abuses perpetrated by the Nigerian Army in the North Eastern part of Nigeria with proof based on dozens of military documents, interviews with victims and eyewitnesses.

In this video, witnesses of an attack on Heipang a small village near Jos, tell their stories, and speak out against the perpetrators of the attacks.

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Heipang Village, Jos, Nigeria
By jfaden
17 Jun 2015

Mobile footage captured by a local villager showing a woman allegedly killed by the Nigerian Army.

On the 17th of June in the village of Heipang, about 20 kms from Jos city, women were protesting against the army stationing their armored vehicle close to where they displayed their wares for sale by the roadside, as that would scare customers. These women were shot at directly by the soldiers. Two women were hit by bullets and died on the spot, one was shot at with a baby on her back as she ran into a shop for protection.

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Shirokino, Ukraine
By Azad Safarov
17 Jun 2015

Chechen soldiers from the Sheikh Mansur battalion have come to Ukraine to fight against pro-Russian separatists alongside Ukrainian forces. They said that Putin is their enemy and that he destroyed their Motherland. As their relatives are still in Chechnya, they hid their faces and asked not to be named.

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Thousands of Syrians Flee Tal-Abyad
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
15 Jun 2015

Thousands of Syrian refugees have fled to Turkey as the battle between the YPG and Islamic State militants for the Syrian town of Tal Abyad rages. 

"YPG and Brigades of Raqqa rebels came from Kobane from the west of Tal Abyad to surround Tal Abyad to take ISIS positions," Hassan, a Syrian man from Tal Abyad who left a few days ago said. “Some groups from FSA are currently in Turkey and are ready to re-enter Syria to fight against ISIS. We would like to re-enter to fight side by side the Kurdish fighters, but they refused our support,”  he adds.

"The attacks started 2 weeks ago with airstrikes from the international coalition, and then the Kurdish fighters side by side with some groups of the FSA started fighting ISIS on the ground in order to reach center of Tel Abyad," said Mohammed from Tel Abyad, who was forced to flee.

Carrying whatever possessions they could, and with their children in tow, families flooded through the Turkish border at Akcakale after Turkish authorities reopened the border, previously closed - and across which ISIS militants and Turkish military men looked on at eachother from only yards away. Many of those attemting to escape were forced at gunpoint by ISIS militants to turn back.

There had earlier been chaotic scenes as some of the refugees crossed the border illegally through holes in fences, prompting rapid intervention from the Turkish army. Turkey had for several days been blocking the Syrians from entering Turkey, saying it would only allow them into the country in the event of a humanitarian tragedy.

"I have all my family in Tel Abyad, my father, mother, sisters and brothers all of them are under fire from all parties on the ground, ISIS, FSA, YPG and the international coalition," a woman from Raqqa said.

"There was a pregnant woman and she gave birth while she was waiting for the opening of the Turkish-Syrian border 4 days ago," Aysha, 60-year-old, Syrian woman from Raqqa who left Tal Abyad a week ago said.