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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 01
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

Former Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen here with his 14 year old son Hussein, training in Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 02
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

16-year old Ali, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

14-year old Hussein, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 04
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

14-year old Hussein, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 05
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

14-year old Hussein, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 11
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

14-year old Hussein, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 07
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

14-year old Hussein, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 08
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

14-year old Hussein, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, (left) Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 06
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

16-year old Ali, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 10
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

16-year old Ali, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 09
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

16-year old Ali, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

14-year old Hussein (center) and 16-year old Ali (standing, center), son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 14
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

16-year old Ali, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 12
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

16-year old Ali, son of Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 13
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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Norwegian father and sons fight ISIS 16
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
29 Jan 2015

Iraqi army general Abass al-Assadi, Norwegian citizen, seen training near Kerbala, Iraq on January 29, 2015. Al-Assadi had lived in Norway since 1991, returned to Syria In 2013 with his daughter and two sons, to fight with the Assad regime and Òprotect Shiite shrines.Ó His daughter was killed in an artillery strike. He is now with his two sons engaged in the fight against the "Islamic State".. Photo by Mushtaq Muhammed / Transterra Media

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This Ukrainian Story
Desna, Kiev
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

During the Ukranian Uprising in 2013 a group called Pravi Sector gained recognition for their bravery and violence against Viktor Yanukovich's riot police. Now they are a parallel militia that fights against insurgency in eastern Ukraine. They only count on donations from supporters and have few training camps. This collection portraits a training unit in Desna, north of Kiev.

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Pravi sector camp 01
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

Path to the training camp during the autumn.

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Pravi sector camp 08
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

Warriors getting ready for another day of disciplinary training. They also did one minute of silence as the previous day they found out that two of their partners have died on the front line.

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Pravi sector camp 10
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

Most days the meal consists of buckwheat and tea. In the lucky days they also get a can of tuna.

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Pravi sector camp 12
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

A machine is leveling the terrain for tank training.

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Pravi sector camp 13
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

A team get ready to assault a building as part of a training. All guns are airsoft guns.

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Pravi sector camp 14
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

A team parcticing assault during training.

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Pravi sector camp 15
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

Tanchik - codename - guides his team on an assault training mission.

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Pravi sector camp 02
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

Viktor Yanukovich's picture is framed in the toilet's door of the training camp.

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Pravi sector camp 03
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

Commander Berkut poses for a portrait.

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Pravi sector camp 04
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

Dormitory of the training warriors - as they called themselves.

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Pravi sector camp 05
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

Pravi Sector warriors doing military training.

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Pravi sector camp 06
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

Pravi Sector warriors doing military training.

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Pravi sector camp 07
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

Two warriors looking at Ukraine's map

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Pravi sector camp 11
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

The place where all warriors have their meals.

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Pravi sector camp 16
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

Portrait of Mary - Codename. They all use codenames as they are part of a parallel army.
Most volunteers are man, however some women train and fight along Pravi Sector.

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Kurdish Females Train To Fight ISIS
Dohuk
By rsoufi
26 Aug 2014

August 25, 2014
Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan

Kurdish females train to use weapons in a training camp established by Peshmerga officers in Dhuk, northern Iraq.
The female trainees have volunteered to join the Peshmerga fighters in their war against ISIS.

Interviews:

  • Vian pendroy, Supervisor of the female volunteers training camp (Kurdish):

“After we sensed the danger of ISIS reaching our area, we considered the importance of having military training courses volunteer women. We started the course with thirty volunteer women, the course lasts for ten days, three hours per day. Volunteers receive training in military discipline, national awareness, field training for weapon using, and the lifestyle of the Peshmerga forces.
The purpose of this course is to improve the role of women in supporting the Peshmerga forces, using a weapon to defend herself and her family in emergencies”.
All women taking this course are volunteers who are either lawyers or engineers.
"بعدما شعرنا بوجود خطر داعش على منطقتنا فكرنا بضرورة فتح دورات للتدريب العسكري وإستخدام السلاح لعدد من النساء المتطوعات بدأنا بفتح هذه الدورة التي شاركت فيها 30 إمرأة وأن الدورة ستستمر لمدة 10 أيام وبمعدل ثلاث ساعات يوميا ويتم تدريب المشاركات خلال الدورة على الإنضباط العسكري والتوعية الوطنية وغيرها من المواضيع أيضا فضلا عن التدريب الميداني على رمي السلاح في جبهات القوات والتعلم على أسلوب حياة قوات البيشمركة هناك وتهدف إقامة هذه الدورة لقيام المرأة بدورها في دعم قوات البيشمركة و حمل السلاح للدفاع عن نفسها وأسرتها في الحالات الطارئة السناء المشاركات في هذه الدورة جميعهن متطوعات بينهن يمارسن مهنة المحامات والهندسة "

  • Jihan Kormaki, Volunteer fighter (Arabic): "We are now able to go with the Peshmerga and to fight against terrorism".

"4-5 years ago, the society was conservative, but now, and especially in the past two years, society is becoming more scientific, more interested in literature. The image of women has changed; even our grandparents now think that women are able to take an active role in society, and to help the man in all fields, also in war or a military frontier".

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Iraqi Volunteers in Training Camps
By TTM Contributor 16
17 Jun 2014

June 17, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq

420 Iraqi Army volunteers undergo basic training at an Iraqi Army training camp in the central Baghdad neighborhood of al-Jadliya. Most new recruits are only given 3 days of training and then sent to the front lines to battle ISIL. The recruits responded to the call of Iraqi-Shia Spiritual leader to Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to take up arms against ISIL.

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Kurdish YPG Rebels in Syria
Syria
By Mais Istanbuli
15 Jul 2013

In northern Syria near the city of Ras al-Ayn, young Kurds have been prepared for battle at the Kurdish People’s Defense Forces (YPG) training camp. Here, teenagers and young adults are trained to conduct guerilla warfare against any threatening enemy. They have also been educated and inspired by the philosophies of Abdullah Ocalan, who is one of the founding members of militant organization the Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK). Unlike the typical Syrian opposition fighter, these trainees are fighting for a democratic society based on Marxist-Leninist philosophies. Most YPG soldiers believe that after President Bashar al-Assad falls, an all-out war against every faction involved is imminent.

One young female, Ahsi, said on her first day of training for the Kurdish Women Defense Forces, "'We train to defend ourselves. We never attack. We do not want FSA/Nusra forces here. We also don't want Assad's forces. We just want to be free."

Training of these young rebels came in before recent fighting in the city where the Islamist fighters were pushed out of Ras al-Ayn by Kurdish forces on July 17.

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YPG rebel training Syria (9 of 14)
Syria
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
14 Apr 2013

Ashi holds a kalashnikov on her first day of training for the YPG. After four weeks of training, they are ready to join the YPJ (the female branch of YPG). Since the YPJ/YPG, PYD and Tev-Dem have feminist philosophies, girls are treated the same as boys.