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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: Co-opting Tribes in Deir ez-Zur...
Deir ez-Zur, Syria
By ttm contributor 31
07 Jan 2014

First Meeting Between ISIS Official and Clan Leaders in al-Zir Village

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 is a video of what appears to be a meeting between a Saudi ISIS official identified as Abu Abdullah Daigham and the heads of clans in the village of al-Zir in Deir al-Zor province. The meeting appears to have taken place in the house of a clan leader.

(View transcript here: https://docs.google.com/a/transterramedia.com/document/d/1vdyvOjz8jNhstbzbEPxvb5DWsEFKxnKTldI6Ufx5Ntc/edit)

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Syrian Conflict Footage: Editor's Picks
Syria
By Transterra Editor
29 Nov 2013

Conflict footage from both sides of the Syrian conflict, on the ground from contributors all over the country. This collection consists of produced, rough cut, and raw, footage.

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Syrian children play in destroyed sch...
Aleppo
By Jean Carrere
27 Nov 2013

Syrian children play in the ravaged playground of what used to be their school. The school was targeted by airstrikes several times since the war broke in Aleppo, and was hit by an airstrike yet again on 29/11. The school stands only a few blocks away from the Dar al-Shifaa hospital, which was fully destroyed by another airstrike on 22/11.

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Weapons Trade in Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By Transterra Editor
18 Sep 2013

Filmed by Angel Sastre.

This is a video report about the weapons market in Aleppo, Syria. The story uses Abu Mohammad, 39, an arms merchant, as a way to understand how weapons are bought and sold in Fardos, a rebel-held neighborhood. Abu Mohammad runs a small shop, filled with everything from military uniforms and gas masks to guns, rifles and rockets. He has over 200 items in the store, which originally started as a weapons repair shop. He now makes about $370 per day.

During the report, the journalists also visit the clandestine manufacturing site of Hassan Mahmoud, where they make mortars and other weapons in a home. According to Hassan, he does not make a profit, but makes just enough to make his weapons. His greatest fear is that the regime will bomb his spot. Most of the weapons that the rebels have come across the Turkish border. Others are confiscated from the regime. In addition, they also manufacture their own weapons.

TRANSCRIPTION:
2:11-2:16 Abu Mohammad "Now the rebels have around 300 times more weapons than the regime’s army, thank God.”

2:17-2:25 “I opened a maintenance shop for weapons, then God looked for me, and we started selling and buying.”

3:30-4:03 Hassan Mahmoud, "I started working two and a half years ago, and I wanted to join the rebels. I decided that by selling and fixing their weapons is how I am helping them. By helping the rebels, I am saving the people.”

“Here we have 120, 160, and now we are working towards 240.”

“Mostly Jabhat al-Tawhide, and the Martyrs of Bedr are our customers.”

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (10 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

Female fighters from "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" form up on the separating line of the Salahaldin neighborhood splitting the area in half between opposition fighters and regime forces in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Syria's War; The View From Turkey
Turkey
By Ali Mustafa
01 Jul 2013

A video report by Ali Mustafa exposing the view of Syria, Free Syrian Army fighters injured in battle discuss their view of the ongoing war from neighbouring Turkey.

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Women Fighter in Aleppo (13 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

A Free Syrian Army trainer, Abu Deeb, sets a rifle scope for sniper lessons for the "Al Mouminin Aisha" all female fighting unit in Aleppo, Syria.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (12 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

The eyes of a 17-year old girl receiving training for combat in the "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" all-female fighter group in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (1 of 12)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

This 17-year old former college student now fighter is one of thirteen young Syrian women who have formed their own combat unit called "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" to defend their community from attacks by the Syrian Regime on the Salaheldin neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (9 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

The all female "Al Mouminin Aisha" fighting group gathers equipment to move to their next training location along the front lines of the Salahaldin neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (6 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

Fighters of the all female fighting unit " Al Mouminin Aisha," train on mounting bayonets to their kalashnikovs for possible close quarters battle with Syrian regime soldiers in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (2 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

The eyes of a 17-year old former college student now fighter receiving training for combat against the Syrian regime in the "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" all-female fighting group in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (3 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

The "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" all-female fighting unit is trained by Abu Deeb on how to handle weapons they will be using in clashes with Syrian Regime forces in the Salahaldin neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (4 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

Members of the "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" fighting group stand alongside their fellow fighter as she is trained on how to handle a rifle in a combat situation in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (8 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

One woman of the "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" fighting unit is trained how to use the scope on a sniper rifle in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (5 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

Female trainees of the all female "Al Mouminin Aisha," fighting unit watch closely as Free Syrian Army trainers show their group different weaponry and equipment in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (7 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

The leader of the "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" fighting unit trains her fighters on how to set a scope and fire a sniper rifle in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Female Fighters of Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

In the Salahaldin neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, young women have joined the first female fighting unit, "Al Mouminin Aisha," to defend their homes and community from attacks by the Syrian regime and their allies. They function under the Al-Tawhid Brigade in Aleppo.

The head of the unit, Um Mohammed, is a mother of four children and the wife of a Free Syrian Army soldier also fighting in Salahaldin neighborhood. She decided to take protection into her own hands and pick up a rifle in hopes of defending her neighborhood from regime attacks and crimes against women such as rape that have been on a rise since fighting began. Um Mohammed has set strict criteria for accepting new members in the female unit, in which any new member should be a female Muslim rebel from Aleppo who fulfills her prayers and all other religious duties and has good reputation. There are currently thirteen members in the unit, ranging in age from 17 to 24.

Um Mohammed says that she is working with the rest of the fighters of the brigade in order to establish an Islamic caliphate state. The trainer, Abu Deeb, explains that the “La Ilaha illa allah” headband on the each female's foreheads is a symbol of the fighters deep faith in their religion, Islam.

They not only are facing challenges on the front lines and among other opposition fights. It's widely-known that other Islamist brigades are not unsupportive of female fighters joining the battle.

For Related Video: http://transterramedia.com/media/19601

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (5 of 14)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

She is 17-year old in the 13-member "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" all-female unit.

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YPG and FSA Fighters in Tal Abiyad 14
Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
20 Jun 2013

Kurdish YPG fighters at a position on the edge of Tal Abiyad.

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A Day in the Emergency Room in Aleppo...
Aleppo
By Simon Letellier
18 Jun 2013

During the armed conflict in Syria, hospitals and their staff are frequently targeted by Bashar Al Assad's regime. The Syrian regime considers aiding rebels in any way an act of terrorism. The revolution has changed the stability throughout the country and now even large hospitals are in need of medical supplies, equipment, and staff.

Doctors and their staff at this makeshift hospital in Aleppo are overwhelmed by the amount of civilians and Free Syrian soldiers wounded by regime airstrikes, snipers, and various types of bombardments. The photographs were taken in the emergency room of a field hospital in Aleppo. Doctors were on standby in the emergency room cleaning medical tools and attending to patients when the bombs began to fall. Near the hospital's location, an airstrike commenced and the wounded begin pouring in.

The first of the injured to make it to the hospital doors was a young girl. She was carried in by an FSA soldier who found her lying next to her deceased mother in the street after the bombs hit. The young girl was covered in blood and peppered with shrapnel, screaming for her mother while her mother's corpse was carried into the hospital.

The soldier explained that the little girl and her mother were walking together when the bomb exploded nearby, immediately killing the mother. Doctors worked frantically to extract shrapnel from the little girl’s body. After giving her drugs to calm her down, they proceeded to the X-Ray room. The young girl's father arrived from work and discovered his injured daughter laying on the surgical table, then collapsed and began to cry. Due to the quick response of the medical staff, the little girl survived but two young Free Syrian Army soldiers who arrived shortly after her died.

Another casualty was a young man who was transported to the hospital by a soldier from the Free Syrian Army. The man was shot twice by a sniper. The first bullet went through his chest and the second struck him in his back and was still in his body. The doctor hurried to stop hemorrhaging and didn't hesitate to put his finger into the hole to stop the bleeding. To calm the patient down, they gave him drugs and taped his eyes shut to avoid hallucinations. After an X-Ray, he was sent to the operation room. Doctors did not succeed in removing the bullet from his back but he later survived.

This is a daily occurrence for the doctors and staff of this hospital in Aleppo and many others throughout the country that are doing their best with what they have to stop the bleeding of Syria's conflict.

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Today's weapons trade in Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By salem_rizk
14 Jun 2013

Recently, weapon stores that sell and repair arms have been sprouting up in Aleppo, Syria. These stores are opening in rebel held areas in Syria and, due to the lack of regulation, are further destabilizing the fragile security situation. The omnipresence of arbitrary militias in civilian areas is creating discomfort among citizens. Citizens are demanding the Free Syrian Army and Sharia authority find a solution and enact laws that govern the sales of weapons in the area.

Shop owners have stated that most of their clients are rebels. They mention that their weapons supply comes from the Free Syrian Army. Members of the Free Syrian Army often barter their weapons for ammunition. Furthermore, some members of the Assad regime sell their weapons to civilians who then sell them back to the shops. In general, most of the arms that are available in the shops are Russian made.

First interview is with Abu Mohammed a weapons sales man 38 years
Second interview is with Abu Ibrahim, a weapon sales man, 36 years

Third interview is with Abdullah Karmo, a civillian, 33 years

Fourth interview is with Moustapha Amro, a civillian, 22 years

-----Transcription-----

00:30 Are they here?
00:31 Yes, they are.
00:32 How much is this one?
00:33 75 Syrian Pounds.
00:39 Most of my clients are Free Syrian Army soldiers. They gain weapons in the battles and exchange them for bullets because of the lack of ammunition.

Interview 1:
00:56 Regarding civilians, when they ask for weapons, I don't sell to them unless they have a permission slip from Al Sharia authority.
Even if the person is an FSA soldier, I ask about him before I sell him anything, or he needs to give me a paper that states which brigade he fights for.

Interview 2:
01:23 Here, we fix weapons as a service.
01:33 Some thugs sell weapons to civilians. so we get the weapons from them.
01:40: We have all types of Russian weapons, Russian bullets, Russian BKC, we have a variety of Russian weapons.

Interviews 3:
02:32 The city of Aleppo is witnessing a spread of weapons in a chaotic and random way. It's even a bit weird and strange. This is a very bad phenomenon, which is also unethical.
02:43 It's extremely messy, the way weapons are being spread.
02:48 There are many shops that sell weapons now and these shops are not legally organized.
02:54 To be able to control this, we must have a mechanism to monitor the process of selling and buying weapons, with both brigades and sellers.
03:06 Al Sharia authority should have a role in controlling this trade, and establish laws to organize the random spread of weapons.

Interview 4:
03:15 This phenomenon is not good at all, but as long as we are in a war situation, we must have these shops.
03:22 We need them because it helps us. If the army attacks us, we can defend ourselves with these weapons.
03:31 I know it' bad, but we have no other choice. What can we do ?

----- Arabic Description------

انتشرت في الفترة الاخيرة محلات بيع الأسلحة و تصليحها في مدينة حلب وباقي المناطق المحررة وسبّب ذلك حالة فلتان أمني.

و يلاحظ وجود المسلحين في أماكن تواجد المدنين مما خلق حالة انزعاج لدى المواطنين و يطالب المواطنين الجيش الحر والهيئة الشرعية بإيجاد حل لفوضى السلاح وإيجاد قوانين تنظّم بيع الأسلحة ويقول أغلب أصحاب محلات بيع السلاح أن أغلب زبائنهم من الجيش الحر وأغلب السلاح الذي لديهم يأتي من خلال الجيش الحر، حيث يقوم عناصر الجيش الحر بعملية التبادل مع صاحب المحل يعطونه سلاح فيعطيهم ذخيرة و في بعض الحالات يقوم الشبيحة ببيع السلاح للمدنيين فيقوم المدنيين ببيعه لمحلات بيع السلاح. و إن أغلب السلاح المتواجد في السوق هو سلاح روسي

المقابلة الاولى ابو محمد با ئع سلاح عمره ثمان وثلاثين سنة

المقابلة الثانية بائع ابوابراهيم عمره ستة وثلاثين سنة

المقابلة الثالثة مواطن عبد الله كرمو عمره ثلاث وثلاثين سنة

المقابلة الرابعة المواطن مصطفى عمره اثنان وعشرون سنة

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Female Fighting Group in Aleppo.
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
06 Jun 2013

Female Fighting Group in Saladin District, Aleppo

Syrian women between the ages of 17 and 25 formed a fighting group under the name of "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" in the Saladin neighborhood in Aleppo. The independent unit consists of 13 female fighters who decided to participate in defending their hometowns against Assad`s attacks.

The fighters belonged to the educated working class of Syrian society, and some of them used to be professors and college students before the revolution began.

The leader of the unit, Um Amrou, said that after seeing her husband killed, she decided to take part in the battle and defend her town against the assaults. She added that she is not only fulfilling her duty to her city but also her duty as a mother to her orphaned children.

Other women mentioned that the 2-year-old war has affected them psychologically and forced them to be armed especially after the increase in the number of raped and imprisoned women by the regime forces.

The female battalion is currently working on sending its new members to Saladin neighborhood in order to witness the clashes and get used to a combat situation. The female fighters are also getting trained on how to use weapons and escape snipers' bullets.

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00:06 There is a nail here.
00:11 It's ready now, the weapon is washable.
00:18 It automatically loads, once you shoot a bullet. Load your ammunition and chamber the round and the weapon will automatically load the next round
00:28 For long distance shooting, 1 round at a time is more accurate than fully automatic.
00:34 The receiver catches the round and chamber the bullet when you pull the trigger, it will release the hammer to hit the firing pin that fires the bullet.
01:05 This is the nearest range you can see from this scope.
01:15 Get close to the weapon. When you hold the rifle make it apart of your body.
01:25 Put your hand on the grip.
01:45 You can tell through the scope when your target is clear.
01:48 Load the magazine into the rifle.
01:55 It's easier than that one
02:10 Watch out when you're reloading not to hit the scope and change the settings.
04:24 At the corner, stay there.

كتيبة للمقاتلات في حي صلاح الدين بحلب.

شكل مجموعة من النسوة تتراوح أعمارهم ما بين 17 عاما و 35 عاماً، كتيبة "أم المؤمنين عائشة"، تتألف من 13 مقاتلة في حي صلاح الدين في مدينة حلب، حملن السلاح للمشاركة في الدفاع عن مناطقهم في وجه الهجمات التي تشنها قوات الأسد.

يذكر أن أعضاء الكتيبة المستقلة من الطبقة المثقفة والعاملة في المجتمع، حيث يوجد بينهن معلمات وطالبات جامعيات، وذلك قبل اندلاع الثورة السورية. وقالت قائدة الكتيبة "أم عمرو" إنها وجدت نفسها في خضم المعارك بعد مقتل زوجها، وتيتم أبناؤها، وتلقت السلاح للدفاع عن نفسها، وأبنائها، عقب انتشار الاشتباكات في أنحاء مدينتها، وأنها إلى جانب حرصها على قيامها بمسؤولياتها الدفاعية تجاه الأسرة، فهي تقوم أيضاً بمسؤولياتها كأم في خدمة أبنائها. وذكر بعض المقاتلات أن الحرب التي تجاوزت العامين في بلدهم، تركت أثراً نفسياً على حالهم، وأرغمتهم على حمل السلاح للدفاع عن أنفسهن في ظل حديث متواصل عن تزايد أعداد المعتقلات والمغتصبات في سجون النظام. ومن ضمن مسؤوليات الكتيبة النسائية، إرسال المنتسبات الجدد إلى حي صلاح الدين" في حلب الذي يشهد مواجهات عنيفة بين الجيشين النظامي والحر، وذلك كي يتعودن على أصوات القصف المدفعي وتحليق الطائرات والاشتباكات، كما يتلقين دورات تدريبية على القتال والانتقال بسرعة بين أزقة الحارات لتفادي رصاصات القناصة. وتجدر الإشارة إلى أن وجود كتيبة للسيدات في صفوف الجيش الجيش الحر لاقى انزعاجاً كبيراً من المقاتلين الرجال، خاصة من الجماعات الإسلامية التي لا تنضوي تحت راية الجيش الحر، لكن يؤمن الكثير منهم في الوقت ذاته بضرورة عملهن وذلك لما يملكن من كفاءات عملية وعلمية.

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Wartime Oil Refineries Emerge in Raqq...
Raqqa & Aleppo
By salem_rizk
02 Jun 2013

The ongoing conflict in Syria between the President Bashar Al Assad's regime and  the opposition forces has complicated the transfer of oil from Raqqa to western provinces like Lattakia, Tartous, Damascus, and Idlib. The besieged city of Aleppo is one of the main transfer destinations that is suffering from a lack of fuel also one of the hardest to get fuel to.

Syrian opposition forces control the majority of oil wells in the country, most of which are located in the east in the provinces of Raqqa and Deir El-Zor.

The opposition forces do not have the adequate equipment for refining oil. The lack or proper equipment has resulted in using gas barrels that are filled with fuel and placed on a fire. This method produces pollution and a very low grade fuel product. The fuel from this form of extraction harms the vehicles and eventually breaks the engines down by destroying the pistons.

Transcription:

00:40: This is a tank we created to produce fuel. We have a high demand for fuel and we needed to adapt.

00:50: We created a tank with around three to four millimeters of iron bags. We fill it with fuel and then we stir it on the fire for three to four hours.

01:02: We produce three to four barrels of gasoline, diesel, or gas per day.

01:10: We're refining oil in the eastern areas because this is where the wells are located.

01:21: Syrian traders transfer the oil to western provinces like Lattakia, Tartous, Damascus and Idleb along with all the areas under siege that are suffering of lack of fuel.

02:05: How much for one litter?

02:06: 180 SYP ($1.80 USD)

02:09: Local refining?

02:11: From Kafar Abeed

02:13: Regarding gasoline, it’s refined but it’s a very bad quality.

02:20: It has many disadvantages it damages the pistons. They're refining it in the desert and the countryside, in Raqqa and Maskana.

03:05 The gasoline we're getting is from Al Raqqa, it's not even gasoline, It's not properly processed. The vehicles eventually break down because of it.

03:17: The problem is in the injectors and the diesels quality doesn’t let the motors operate properly. If you leave a barrel to the next day, you'll find half of it filled with mud.

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The Free Syrian Army in the city of S...
Syria
By Aref_Krez
27 May 2013

A video report by Aref Krez on the Free Syrian Army in the city of Serakib, broadcasted by Al Arabiya.

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Wounded Free Syrian Army Soldier in ...
Aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

A wounded Free Syrian Army soldier arrived at a hospital after having been shot by sniper. Doctors placed tape on his eyes in an effort to curb medication-induced hallucinations. Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Wounded Free Syrian Army Soldier
Aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

A wounded Free Syrian Army soldier was rushed to the hospital after having been shot by a sniper in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Wounded Free Syrian Army Soldier
Aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

A wounded Free Syrian Army soldier arrived at a hospital after having been shot by a sniper in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Wounded Free Syrian Army Soldier
aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

A wounded Free Syrian Army soldier arrived at a hospital after having been shot by a sniper in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Wounded Free Syrian Army Soldier
aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

A wounded Free Syrian Army soldier arrived at a hospital after having been shot by a sniper in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Wounded Free Syrian Army Soldier
aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

Doctors aided a wounded Free Syrian Army soldier who arrived at a hospital after having been shot by a sniper in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Wounded Free Syrian Army Soldier
aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

Doctors aid a wounded Free Syrian Army soldier who arrived at a hospital after having been shot by a sniper in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Wounded Free Syrian Army Soldier
aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

A wounded Free Syrian Army soldier arrived at a hospital after having been shot by a sniper in Aleppo, Syria, May 2013.

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Wounded Free Syrian Army Soldier
Aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

A wounded Free Syrian Army soldier arrived at a hospital after having been shot by a sniper in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Wounded Free Syrian Army Soldier
aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

A doctor attempted to remove a bullet from a wounded Free Syrian Army soldier's back after he arrived at a hospital having been shot by a sniper in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Wounded Free Syrian Army Soldier
aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

Doctors aided a wounded Free Syrian Army soldier who arrived at a hospital after having been shot by a sniper in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Wounded Free Syrian Army Soldier
Aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

A wounded Free Syrian Army soldier being aided during an X-Ray procedure after he arrived at a hospital having been shot by a sniper in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.