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Peshmerga Forces Battle ISIS in Sinjar
Sinjar, Iraq
By Balint Szlanko
25 May 2015

Kurdish peshmerga forces have been battling Islamic State militants outside the city of Sinjar since January.

The peshmerga are holding the heights to the north of the city, while IS controls the city itself. There is no sign of any civilians left in the city.

The warfare is largely static: both sides are stuck in their positions, sniping at each other, while IS occasionally tries to storm some of the Kurdish frontal positions, or lob mortars across their lines into the rear.

Low on heavy weapons themselves, the peshmerga typically call in coalition airstrikes when they spot IS forces moving around. On 25 and 26 May, when this report was filmed, the Kurds called in nearly a dozen airstrikes.

According to a report posted on the website of US Central Command said that on 26 May “near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL buildings and two ISIL heavy machine guns.”

The city of Sinjar is important because sits on a road between Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria, the two biggest cities controlled by IS. The militants use the road to move personnel and equipment between the two major theatres of war.

The 12th peshmerga brigade, which has been on the lines since the beginning of May, lost 13 killed and nearly a hundred wounded in their first three weeks of deployment.

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Heavy Fire Exchange between Saudi For...
By Dhaifallah Homran
06 May 2015

Akifa, Najran, Saudi Arabia

May 6, 2015

Footage recorded by a camera mounted on a captured Saudi military vehicle shows heavy exchange of gunfire at night between Saudi soldiers and Yemeni tribal fighters loyal to the Houthis.

According to a Transterra Media contributor, Yemeni tribal fighters crossed the border and took over a military post in the border area of Akifa. Fighters reportedly captured the Saudi military vehicle on which the camera had been mounted. The contributor, quoting Yemeni tribal fighters who took part in the clashes, said that Saudi helicopters bombed the military post to drive the fighters out.

The official spokesperson of the Saudi-led operation Decisive Storm, Brigadier-General Ahmed Asiri, was quoted by media reports as saying that Houthi fighters fired mortar shells and rockets in the area of Najran. However, he did not mention the occurrence of ground clashes.

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Italian Troops Patrolling Kabul Outsk...
Moussa District, Kabul
By Martin Jay
02 Apr 2015

Italian troops patrolling Moussa district near Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2008. The Italian military was part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) led by NATO.

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US-Led Coalition Airstrikes Target Ti...
By mushtaq mohammed
26 Mar 2015

Video shows smoke from US-led coalition airstrikes on Tikrit.
It also includes a shot of an Iraqi helicopter and a shot of a destroyed ISIS convoy in the Albou Ajeel area, 30Km east of Tikrit.

The military operation to drive ISIS fighters of Tikrit, the hometown of late Iraqi President and a Sunni stronghold, was resumed today after a halt of two weeks.

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Clashes as Houthis Advance on Aden
By Dhaifallah Homran
25 Mar 2015

Aden, Yemen
March 25, 2015

Militants loyal to President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi clash in Aden on March 25, 2015 with Houthi-allied units of the army, supported by heavily armed Houthi fighters.

Parts of Aden are still under the control loyalist militias, however Houthi forces are making gains in some parts of the city.

A large number of people on Wednesday, March 25 morning reportedly tried to storm into a Yemeni army base in order to obtain weapons and clashed with forces loyal to President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Hadi is said to have fled Aden as Houthi rebels advanced on the city after unidentified warplanes hit positions located near his residence. His whereabouts are unknown since fleeing the capital Sanaa to Aden, where Houthi fighters placed him under house arrest.

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Disarray as Houthis Advance on Aden
By Mohammed Attab
25 Mar 2015

Aden, Yemen
March 25, 2015

Video shows civilians running on the streets in Aden, south Yemen as heavy gunshots are heard. Houthi fighter and combatants loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, which are allied to the Houthis, also appear manoeuvring military vehicles.
A large number of people on Wednesday, March 25 morning reportedly tried to storm into a Yemeni army base in order to obtain weapons and clashed with forces loyal to President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Hadi is said to have fled Aden as Houthi rebels advanced on the city after unidentified warplanes hit positions located near his residence. Hadi’s whereabouts are unknown.
Hadi had fled the capital Sanaa to Aden, where Houthi fighters placed him under house arrest.

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Heavy Clashes Outside Aden Airport
By Dhaifallah Homran
19 Mar 2015

Aden, Yemen
March 19, 2015

Video shows fighters from the Popular Committees forces loyal to ousted Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi trying to storm the Aden Airport and retake it from Houthi fighters.

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ISIS Show Off in Derna
By TTM Mena Desk
28 Feb 2015

February 2015
Derna, Libya

Video shot by an eyewitness at the end of February 2015 showing ISIS militants parading through the streets of the northeastern Libyan city of Derna.

The fighters drive in convoys sounding their horns and showing off their guns and flags on a public highway in central Derna as they pass by civilian cars.

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Tribes of Marib Prepare for War and A...
By TTM Mena Desk
02 Feb 2015

Ma’rib, Yemen
February 1, 2015

Tribesmen in the predominantly Sunni area of Ma’rib, east of Sanaa, prepare for war with the Houthis and threaten to create their own autonomous state within Yemen. The tribal fighters have installed checkpoints, known as “matarih”, in the middle and around the perimeter of Ma’rib. In local tradition this act is considered as the highest possible security precaution, putting local tribal disagreements to one side. The “matarih” is enforced by fighters patrolling the area in heavily armed convoys and setting up fixed bases in tents. This precaution may last days, months or even years.
The tribal elders believe that the drums of war have been beating ever since Houthi militants took over the capital Sanaa and forced the president to resign. Abdullah bin Jaradan, a prominent tribal leader, says that they will not recognize the Houthis as legitimate rulers of Yemen and they will not put down their guns unless president Hadi is restored to office.
In order to prevent a Houthi takeover in the oil-rich province of Ma’rib, the elders have assembled a fighting force to defend their lands and resources.
Ma’rib is considered an area of great strategic importance due to its oil fields. It produces around 25,000 barrels per day.


SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Hamad Bin Waheet
(01:08 – 02:27)

“We were mobilized on the first day [of the events] in order to protect the province of Marib, so that it would not be invaded by the Houthis like they invaded the province of Omran and Sanaa. We are still ready and prepared for anything. We are on alert on the road of Farda –Sanaa- Marib; the road from Sirwah to Marib; and the road from [Beit] Mrad to Marib. All the tribes have taken positions along these three lines. “

“We have had weapons for a long time, not today. We have had weapons before the Houthis entered Omran or other provinces, such as al-Jawf. Tribes have all sorts of weapons. Each tribe represents [is as strong as] a state. Each of Yemen’s tribes has weapons and men, as well as God on their side. “

“We have a number of 23 mm and 14 mm machine guns; mortars; 50 mm machine guns; rifles; and we have 22 mm and 83 mm mortars. All tribes have this kind of weapons. Most tribes have had these weapons before and acquired them during wars among tribes. However, thanks be to God, there are no more wars among tribes, except for the fight against the Houthis.“

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man), Abdullah bin Jardan

“If God willed it and the state collapsed, we will protect the oil and form a confederate region of Sabaa. We will act like an independent region.”

“This depends on the consultations in Sanaa. There is a lot pressure on the president to rescind his resignation; however, we have to take everything into account. The regions of Sabaa and Marib have all the wealth, whether he [the president] returns or not. “

“We were not satisfied with administration in the previous era, but it was a transitory period. But the Houthis carried out a coup d’état. We were not completely satisfied with the performance of the president and the government.”

“Now there are regional and sectarian divisions and there might be a regional and sectarian war if the country collapsed, God forbid.”

“We demand the establishment of a fair state, which would rule Yemen with equality and allows for a partnership. Afterwards, the Yemeni people in general could surrender its weapons.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, man) Awad bin Ma’ili

“This is the result of our own efforts, thanks be to God. We are gathering whatever we can, like the squads you can see now. This is the effort of each person as well as ours. We are buying heavy and light weapons, depending on what we can acquire.”

“We are tribes, and tribes are known in Yemen. Each tribe has several [weapons], bought with private money. They are used to stand against whoever wants to invade our country.”

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Kurds of Three Nations Unite to Fight...
Sinjar, Iraq
By TTM Contributor 33
27 Jan 2015

Sinjar, Iraq
January 27, 2015

Kurdish fighters from Iraq, Syria and Turkey have joined forces to recapture the town of Sinjar in north eastern Iraq.

Forces of the extremist Islamic group ISIS took control of Sinjar, also known as Shingal, in the summer of 2014, killing and kidnapping hundreds of Kurdish Yezidi civilians, including women, and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

Fighters from the Kurdistan People’s worker Party (PKK) based in Turkey, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) from Syria, and the Shingal Protection Units and the Peshmerga from Iraq have united to fight to regain the town.

Joint Kurdish forces, with air cover from international coalition forces, have regained several parts of the Sinjar area.

This video shows fighters from different Kurdish militias in the towns of Snuny and Sinjar. It also features Peshmerga forces transporting aid to internally displaced Yezidi Kurds on Mount Sinjar.

The footage also shows PKK and YPG fighters entering Iraq through border crossings that have recently been open, as well as interviews with militia commanders.

Shotlist and Transcript

R-L pan of male fighters

L-R pan of male and female fighters

Various/ traveling of military convoy

Wide of children waving YPG flag

Various of convoy entering Iraqi Kurdistan

Various of fighters in military position

Traveling of convoy on the road
Traveling of convoy passing by checkpoint
Traveling of convoy at night

Various/ traveling of streets
Wide of military trucks

SOUNDBITE (Kurdish, Man) Brusek Raha, PKK fighter

03:25 – 08:18

“My name is Brusek Raha. I went to Kobani, where I fought alongside my Kurdish brothers against for more than a month. I fought inside the city [of Kobani] and surrounding villages.

ISIS attacked the city [Kobani] and its surrounding villages with heavy and internationally banned weapons. They bombed the city with mortar shells. They conducted suicide attacks, blowing themselves among us. Most of them were not from the area. They were foreigners, from Chechenia, Afghanistan and many other countries. They did not speak Arabic. We did not have heavy weapons, but we had a strong will and determination to carry on with the resistance.

They attacked us with suicide bombings. They were plenty of them. For example, when we were in the villages, they attacked by the dozens, carrying out suicide operations. In the city, the attack was more ferocious, using tanks and various heavy weapons, especially at the eastern front. On the other hand, there was great resistance from the side of our forces, which shook the entire world. Female comrade Arin Mirkan, who blew herself up against ISIS, was a real heroine.

Some of them spoke Arabic. We used to hear over the walkie-talkies. They were experienced in using weapons and sniper rifles. Most of them were from Chechnya and other countries of Europe, as well as Russia.

I was injured on the eastern front of Kobani, near the Hajj Rasho Mosque, when I wanted to help my injured comrades following an attack by ISIS. The sniper was watching me from the top of a building. I was not afraid of becoming a martyr and I was able to rescue one of our comrades. I was taken to a field hospital. We fought for our honor, dignity and land, and we shall carry on our fight to bring life back to Kobani and the Kurdish people. Turkey and the Freedom and Justice Party kept saying that Kobani will fall, but their dream did not come true. Kobani did not fall; it was victorious since the beginning.

and I had to return. Now, I will take part in the campaign to liberate Shingal from ISIS.
We will defend the Kurdish Yezidi people who have suffered so much at the hands of ISIS. Their women were enslaved and sold in the markets of Raqqa, Mosul and elsewhere.

Our mission as fighter of the Kurdish People Protection Forces, which are part of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, is to defend the Kurdish people in the four parts of Kurdistan and all the people in the region who are victim of injustice. We shall push ISIS out of our land and not allow them to return.”

Wide of warplane in the sky

L-R pan of military vehicles and fighters

SOUNDBITE (Kurdish, Woman) Comrade Pervin, a commander in the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ)

08:36 – 12:18

“All of Kurdistan is under attack from this terrorist organisation. Its attacks are especially directed against women and women’s rights. On the other hand, there is a struggle for freedom and justice.

This happened in Shingal, where ISIS assaulted women. It enslaved and sold them in the markets. Our job is to protect women, which is why we are now here, in Shingal. We shall defend Kurdish women as well as all the women in the region from the oppression practiced by ISIS.

We will no longer accept that women be commodity that is sold and bought and raped.

So far, we have sacrificed so many martyrs to accomplish this, as part of our campaign that has been going on for seven months in the Shingal area and the surrounding countryside.

Among our martyrs were Comrade Gian, Comrade Armanj, Comrade Rouny, and a commander in our forces comrade Gian. There have been more than 50 female martyrs. As a result of our comrades’ sacrifices, the city of Shingal has been liberated. The resistance is guided by the ideology of leader [Abdullah] Ocalan and the path of the martyrs. It shal continue despite everything, no matter how strong ISIS is and weak we are.

To obtain liberty for the people, we must take path of resistance and martyrs. Then, we shall surely achieve victory.

Now, everybody knows well who Kurdish women and female fighters are. Here in Shingal we have liberated many towns and made ISIS suffer a lot of losses that they will not forget, especially that were brought upon tem by us, Kurdish women. We shall carry on until the liberation of all our areas from these terrorists.

Currently, fighters from the PKK –Turkey and female fighters from the Kurdistan Women’s Party – Turkey, as well as fighters from Shingal Protection Forces from Iraq, the Kurdish Women, the Kurdish Women’s Protection are taking part in the battles.”

Various of destroyed buildings

SOUNDBITE (Kurdish, Man) Unnamed fighter from the YPG (Syria)
12:33 – 13:10

“ISIS fighters wanted to blow up a rigged vehicle here but we were able to detonate it before it reached us. They are trying hard to reach us, but they cannot because we are resisting them very ferociously. We killed so many of them. We are Kurdish resistance factions from Syria, Turkey and Iraq. We are all here on the frontline, fighting this group courageously. We shall liberate Shingal from these terrorists and resist till the last drop of our blood.”

Various of snipers shooting

Various of destroyed buildings. NAT Sound: Gunshots.

Various of military convoy

Wide of military officials, reporters walking at refugee camp on Mount Sinjar

L-R pan/ wide of Peshmerga landing on Mount Sinjar

Traveling of refugee tents

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Ukraine's Standoff with Russia
By Transterra Editor
05 Mar 2014

Alleged Russian troops next to the besieged Ukrainian Military Base in Perevalnoye near Simferopol, Crimea (Ukraine) on March 5th, 2014.

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Aftermath of Car Bomb Outside French ...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
23 Apr 2013

A video showing the aftermath of the car bomb explosion outside the French Embassy, Tripoli.
Security guards and people living nearby have been hospitalised. Eyewitness reports describe a very loud powerful explosion. One resident close to the scene described how they were hurled out of their bed by the blast.

Debris from remains of the car used were found on nearby streets, while forensic experts are still trying to decipher the type of bomb used and who was responsible.

Armoured military vehicles are now guarding the scene.