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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Forced migration is in some cases synonymous with survival. These women were found after escaping from an armed group. Young and old, none of them are safe, they say.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

During mealtime, volunteers bring sandwiches and water to refugees. Children play, running between the reinforced concrete pillars of the bridge, left to themselves. The refugees here are waiting for the Duhok municipality to place them in a refugee camp.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Yazidi refugees from the €‹Sinjar area live under bridges along one of the main arteries in Duhok. Sulayman, 42, had a hard escape. He is the only one who speaks English and has managed to keep open relations with humanitarian organizations monitoring the situation where women have no privacy and the water is retrieved from a nearby mosque.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Yazidi refugees tend to move in groups according to their city of origin. Some hotels offer rooms at a fixed cost. In this Hotel refugees pay 600 Iraqi dinars per month no matter now many people reside in the room. Those with the means may even request air conditioning and fresh water.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Lalish, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

A temple sacred to the Yazidi is used as a shelter by refugees arriving from Mount Sinjar. The checkpoints and militarization of the place does not calm their fears that future attacks by the Islamic State can take place. Every inch of the stone temple donning Yazidi symbols of worship is used to shelter a trembling people.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

The days become monotonous, as the women constantly prepare meals, clean dishes and wash clothes. The rest of the time the mind is free to worry about what might still happen and get lost in the melancholy of a sectarian war in progress.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Many Yazidi mothers have lost their children on the way to escape from Mount Sinjar during the advance of the Islamic State militia in the plain of Nineveh, but life must go on in spite of the constant pain and the uncertainty of their future.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

After two hundred Yazidi women were kidnapped and converted to Islam to be sold by IS militants, the Yazidi community worries that it can happen again, visible scars on the community of the women who were persecuted.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Arsalam, 38, is the father of 5 children, including two newborn twins. His family comes from Bashiqua and hosts 24 people in 2 rooms of their hotel. Insecurity is always present on the faces of the guests who do not feel at home, even though they are certainly better off than those refugees who are forced to stay on the streets.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Duhok is estimated to host between 200 and 300 thousand refugees. Aid by the international community is slow to arrive, so local volunteers do their best to care for refugees. Women gather in front of an ambulance to have their children examined by doctors and receive treatment.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Diyarbakir, Turkey
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Inside one of the schools occupied by refugees, volunteers from a local association manage to bring aid to women and children. They ask women of the community every day for a list of products they need. Women collect lunches brought by the municipality and men distribute them to the entire community.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

After attacks by the Islamic State on Mount Sinjar which is located between the north east of Iraq and Syria, minorities have tried to reach places of safety both in northern Iraq and in Turkey. About 120 thousand people managed to escape with the help of Syrian Kurds (YPG) and the air support of the United States.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

A mother of three cares for a daughter who suffers from Down syndrome. She has many fears and many anxieties about the future, abandoning her old life, and how best to care for her daughter.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

A Yazidi woman prepares water inside a tub to wash the younger children. Harsh conditions make caring for children difficult.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Refugee women and girls cooperate to best manage day to day life, sharing duties and caring for the younger children.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Bardarash, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

In this makeshift refuge, the little ones spend most of their hours stretched out on the floor in the corridors or in empty classrooms of the school.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

A Yazidi woman walked for days to escape from Mount Sinjar and the threat of the militia of the Islamic State. When she arrived in Duhok, she gave birth to a son with the help of older women in the community. The child is at risk due to high temperatures, the shortage of medicines and an unhygienic place to live.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Yazidi refugees take shelter in a garage building. A woman, aided by her sons, tends to their makeshift house inside the garage.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Aid from local associations has not been enough to support the Shabak community living in Rovia's mosque. A woman needs to move for the night between the cars parked outside.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Recognized as an ethnic minority in 1952, the Shabak are now on the run from the militias of the Islamic State. They have already experienced persecution in the past, notably by the regime of Saddam Hussein. 70 families of them take refuge in this mosque from their latest threat.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

A Shabak man is sick, lying on a rug while a woman tends to him, as the public hospital can only be reached in the morning. During the day, temperatures reach around 45 degrees.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

An elderly woman prepares to cook dinner, shielding the fire with wooden panels. Inside the mosque there is no pavement, making hygiene a challenge.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Bardarash, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Bardarash, 30 km from Mosul, has a Muslim majority. Here, the municipality helped Shabak families take shelter in schools. Young Shabak girls prepare food in one of the classrooms, temporarily used as a kitchen.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

In the tiny village of Rovia a few miles from Mosul, a city currently under control of the Islamic State, the Shabak community has found refuge in a mosque under construction. Inside the community, the proportion of children to adults is very high. The adults hope to spare their children from the psychological trauma of war.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Lalish, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

The temple Lalish is situated to the north of Mosul. It is a place of pilgrimage and an important sanctuary for Yazidis. After IS captured Bashiqua and other nearby villages, many people have sought refuge at the temple monitored by Peshmerga fighters who control the entire district of Sherkan. The Yazidi community has opened its doors to refugees allowing them to settle down within the sacred place, aided by NGOs providing tents and relief supplies.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Shabak women are preparing for the evening meal in a mosque along the road that leads to Mosul. With only moonlight available, people who sleep outside must cook, eat, and wash quickly.

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Clashes between ISIL and FSA allied w...
By TTM Contributor 9
01 Jul 2014

Clashes between the ‘Majiles Shoura’ brigade and ISIL in the city of Al-Bukamal. The Majles Shoura brigade is a collective group of fighters from eastern Syria consisting of members from Jabhat al-Nusra, the Free Syrian Army and other Islamic fronts.

The video includes two interviews with militants in Al-Bukamal who deny that ISIL has gained control over the city. The last updates from the frontline said that ISIL had requested backup from Iraq and had been provided with 15 pieces of military equipment. Majles Shoura themselves received 50 pieces of military equipment and were able to drive ISIL out of the city.
ISIL took most of the city but fighting is ongoing.

Interview 1 - Fighter of the ‘Majles Shoura’ brigade:

‘We are coming to fight ISIL. Some of the brothers in Jabhet Al Nusra pledged their allegiance to ISIL and we cannot accept this. So we told them, 'those who leave their weapons are safe, and those who stay in their homes are also safe, and those who enter the mosques are safe.' This is because they are our brothers and families, so hopefully we will not have to fight them.

Interview 2 - Fighter in the ‘Majles Shoura’ brigade

We were able to surround the headquarters of ISIL. They had their [ISIL’s] members at the entrance. When they saw us, they ran away to these farms [pointing] and then, thank God, we were able to regain control over the entrance of their headquarters. Most of the rats are now hiding in their holes

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Burning Cigarettes in Raqqa 1
Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters in Al Naeem square in Raqqa, Syria set all packs of cigarettes and bottles of alcohol on fire in a public square in front of citizens after they made it illegal to smoke or sell cigarettes. The ISIS has enforced some laws including forcing shops to close at times of prayer and women to wear the Islamic Burqa and Abaya ever since it took control of Raqqa in the north of Syria.

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Daesh Enforces Public Prayer 3
By TTM Contributor 3
31 Mar 2014

People praying on the street, side walk, shops, souks and public squares has become a common sight in Raqqa which is now under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The ISIS has enforced some laws including forcing shops to close at times of prayer and women to wear the Islamic Burqa and Abaya.

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Daesh Enforces Public Prayer 5
By TTM Contributor 3
31 Mar 2014

People praying on the street, side walk, shops, souks and public squares has become a common sight in Raqqa which is now under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The ISIS has enforced some laws including forcing shops to close at times of prayer and women to wear the Islamic Burqa and Abaya.

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Daesh Enforces Public Prayer 2
By TTM Contributor 3
31 Mar 2014

Citizens pray in Tal Al Abyad Street in Raqqa city north of Syria after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) issue laws that force shop owners to close their shops at times of prayer and enforces Congregational prayer on citizens. Whoever disobeys will be punished, according to ISIS.

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Daesh Enforces Public Prayer 1
By TTM Contributor 3
31 Mar 2014

Men pray next to a store in Tal Al Abyad Street in what has become a common sight in Raqqa city north of Syria. Citizens are forced to attend Congregational prayers on Fridays, while on other days, shop owners and employees either head to the mosques or lay down carpets in front of their shops and pray.

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Daesh Enforces Public Prayer 4
By TTM Contributor 3
31 Mar 2014

People praying on the street has become a common sight in Raqqa ever since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took control of the northern city. The ISIS has enforced some laws including forcing shops to close at times of prayer and women to wear the Islamic Burqa and Abaya, forcing every person in the city to join the
Congregational prayer.

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Execution by ISIL in Raqqa, Syria
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014

Raqqa, Syria

Video shows the body of a man hung in the style of a crucifixion after he was executed in Raqqa, Syria.

Local residents said the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and The Levant (ISIL) accused the man of killing someone three months ago, and executed him in a public square.

According to activists ISIL has been executing people in public on a weekly basis, since taking control of Raqqa in mid-January 2014. Most of those executed are said to be FSA fighters, who were captured during clashes with ISIL.

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Life in ISIS Controlled Raqqa (29 min...
Unnamed Road, Raqqa,Iraq
By Levant Desk
15 Mar 2014

March 2014
Raqqa, Syria

Smuggled footage shows daily life under the rule of the Al-Qaeda inspired Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the north-central Syrian city of Raqqa. Included in the footage are shots of ISIL fighters, forced public prayer, foreign wives of ISIL fighters, ISIL women carrying guns, enforcement of strict dress codes for women, food handout stations, and testimony from locals about life under ISIL.
Story Line:
Raghad, a young Syrian woman, left her hometown of Raqqa to finish her studies when the Free Syrian Army was in control of the city. However, she decided to return to see what had changed after the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took over the city located on the Euphrates River in north-central Syria.

00:13 – 00:48 Raghad is stopped in the park by ISIS fighters in a truck telling her that her niqab is transparent.

Translation
ISIS fighter in the truck: (3:33 – How are you leaving the house like this. We can see your face.
Raghad: 3:37 – Really? Maybe it is a bit transparent. Forgive me.
ISIS fighter: 3:40 – God does not accept that.
Raghad: Please forgive me

00:58 – 1:17 Raghad asks a women sitting in the park with her son and another man, if she thinks her niqab is transparent.

Translation
Raghad: 00:58 – I left the house and I am not sure if my niqab is transparent. Is it?
00:10 Is my face showing?

1:30 – 1: 55 Street scene and armed fighter talking to children. The armed fighter than joins a street prayer.

2:00 – 2:45 People praying in the street + veiled women walking in the street

2:46 – 6:17 Raghad is in a collective taxi at an ISIS checkpoint. There is an incident with the fighter at the checkpoint.

Translation

ISIL check point officer: (4:47) You don’t fear God?
Raghad: (4:50) Why, (4:57) what did we do to say that we don’t fear God?
ISIL check point officer: (4:57)That woman only put on the Niqab a few meters before reaching the checkpoint.
Raghad: (5:01)You think that whoever wears the Niqab will keep wearing it everywhere?
ISIL check point officer: (5:03) Yes of course, you have to
Raghad: (5:05) No it’s not true. No woman will wear the niqab forever. Why do you think women are wearing the niqab in Raqqa? People wear it only in Raqqa.
(5:20 – 5:25) Each person should be responsible to practice his religion (the way he or she wants). People are wearing the niqab out of fear. The other woman talking: (5:26 – 5:35) Some people wear it out of fear from god and others wear it out of fear for people.
The other woman talking: (5:39 –5:55) The woman was wearing the niqab all the time but right before we arrived to the checkpoint, she couldn’t breath, so we lifted it a bit so that she could breath. She is newly pregnant and she wasn’t feeling well.

6:24 – 8:22 Two armed fighters in a cellphone shop

9:05 – 13:13 A public kitchen where women and children come to get food. Raghad talks to a woman and a child.

Translation 1
Raghad: 9:09 Hello, what’s in your bowl?
The woman: 9:13 Food.
Raghad: 9:14 From the public kitchen?
Woman: Yes.
Raghad: Only soup?
Woman: Yes, there is also bourghoul.
Raghad: Is it like this every day?
Woman: Yes.

Translation 2
Raghad: (10:42) What is this?
Little girl: (10:45)These are buckets
Raghad: (10:46) What for?
Little girl: (10:50)To take them home
Raghad: (10:52) So you get food from here and you take it home in the buckets?
Little girl: (10:55) No we come here put food in them and eat the food here then we go home and take the buckets empty. (11:05) Why are you asking?
Raghad: (11:06) I just saw all of these crowds, so I wanted to know why they’re gathered here.

13:28 – 14:23 At a street market. We can see the place where they execute people in the back.

15:11 – At the Internet café

16:15 – 16: 31 I don’t want to come back… Because I am happy here. If I want to come back I can. I don’t want to come back. I am happy here.

16:44 – 16:50 We have everything here. I can assure you. There is everything here.

17:38 – 18:00 I am not planning on coming back. I’m telling you “cash” (she means straight forward) I don’t want her to tell herself that I will come back because I won’t. I came here, I didn’t take the risk to come here to go back to France.

25:06 25:20 – A group of fighters walking in the street
28:02 – 27:45 People waiting in line in front of a bakery

28:04 – 28:53 – A woman holding a Kalashnikov with her son and a man enter a park. She is the same woman as the one sitting in the park, at the beginning of the video.

28:54 – 29:43 ISIS Head Quarters

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Landscape of Aleppo 15
Aleppo, Syria
By Transterra Editor
26 Jan 2014

A Free Syrian Army checkpoint made out of debris in order to stop suicide car bombs from reaching the FSA controlled neighborhood.

حاجز لمنع وصول السيارات المفخخة

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ISIS in Syria: An Inside Look (Part 2)
Syria
By ttm contributor 31
07 Jan 2014

NOTE: The video clips in this collection were obtained by Transterra Media from a source who received it from a member of ISIS who defected from the group. According to the source the videos were recorded in the town of Zir and other locations in Syria between January and June, 2014.
Transterra Media cannot independently verify the accuracy of this content. The appearance of this video on the Transterra Media (TTM) website does not in any way constitute endorsement by TTM of any claims or statements made in the video.

This video shows ISIS fighters engaged in different activities in unnamed locations in Syria.
00:00 - 01:21 (NO AUDIO) Fighters aiming a rifle through a hole in wall.
01:21 - 02:53 Fighters believed to be from Saudi Arabia appear joking and play wrestling inside a house.
02:54 - 04:31 Fighter aiming a rifle through a hole in wall.

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ISIS in Syria: An Inside Look (Part 1)
Syria
By ttm contributor 31
07 Jan 2014

NOTE: The video clips in this collection were obtained by Transterra Media from a source who received it from a member of ISIS who defected from the group. According to the source the videos were recorded in the town of Zir and other locations in Syria between January and June, 2014.
Transterra Media cannot independently verify the accuracy of this content. The appearance of this video on the Transterra Media (TTM) website does not in any way constitute endorsement by TTM of any claims or statements made in the video.

This video shows ISIS fighters carrying out different activities in Deir ez-Zur province, Syria.
Fighters appear shooting, rigging a car with explosives, crossing a river to fight government forces in the Deir ez-Zur air base, and calling on others to join them in jihad.