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Security
Jerusalem
By Ralf Falbe
11 May 2015

Israeli Security in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel.

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Israel Border Police
West Bank
By Ralf Falbe
09 May 2015

Israel Border Police in the West Bank, May 9, 2015.

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IDEX (International Defence Exhibitio...
Abu Dhabi
By WL
22 Feb 2015

The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates February 22 to 26, 2015.

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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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Libya's Lost Generation 7
By Melanie Wenger
28 Feb 2014

Sifaw plays Amazigh music in gatherings to promote his culture in the different cities of eastern Libya as part of his peaceful work for the Amazigh cause. His culture, he insists, is quite different from the Arab culture. During the revolution, Sifaw used to fight against Gadhafi with his fellows from Yefren, and now carries a Kalachinkov with him to protect his family from the rising insecurity, home invasions and car hijacking in Libya.

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Libya's Lost Generation 4
By Melanie Wenger
16 Feb 2014

Before the revolution, Younis was a touristic guide. Tourists from Europe stopped coming to Libya when the revolution started, so Younis tries to make a living by guiding the few English-speaking journalists who visit Libya occasionally for reports. Since he gave up fighting, he sometimes meets with his old fellow fighters to have fun and "shoot a little" in Farwa Islands near Zwara, an isolated and deserted place where they can "blow off the steam and not lose it."

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Libya's Lost Generation 1
By Melanie Wenger
15 Feb 2014

Mariam (20), Mahdea (26) and Ajaeeb (35) are sisters who were injured in the bombing of their house in Majer. They just came back from three years of treatment and surgeries in Germany. There are no facilities adapted to handicapped people in their little village, one hour away by car from Misrata. Trapped in their own homes now, they don't see any future for themselves, considering it unlikely for them to find a job, have a husband and raise a family.

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The Frontline of Kiev 55
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask is squatting on a burned bus that became part of the heavy barricades on occupied Hrushevskoho Street, while holding a club and a cross and watching the demonstration of women and priests between the barricades and Ukrainian riot police.

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The Frontline of Kiev 54
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask is squatting on a burned bus that became part of the heavy barricades on occupied Hrushevskoho Street. He holds a club and a cross and watches the demonstration of women and priests between the barricades and Ukrainian riot police.

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The Frontline of Kiev 31
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask is squatting on a burned bus that bacame part of the heavy barricades on occupied Hrushevskoho Street. He holds a club and a cross and watches the demonstration of women and priests between the barricades and Ukrainian riot police.

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The Frontline of Kiev 25
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask is standing on a burned bus that became part of the barricades on occupied Hrushevskoho Street, watching the demonstration of women and priests between the barricades and Ukrainian riot police.

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The Frontline of Kiev 23
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

A masked protester standing on a burned bus that became part of the heavy barricades on occupied Hrushevskoho Street. He is holding the Ukrainian flag and raising his make-shift weapon towards the riot police standing in front of the barriaces.

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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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A Story of a Fighter and his Gun
Homs, Syria
By Smart Media
01 May 2013

Wa’el Abu Rayan, known to his peers as Abu-Adou was a common construction worker from Al Rastan. A married father of two, Abus has been noted for his obsession with his gun - it never leaves his side.

Emerging from the debris of his bombed out hometown, Abu retreats to the countryside to aid in the training of local would-be fighters. After a day of training he returns home to his family though the gun doesn't leave from his person.

The family man bought his gun by borrowing money from various people and holds it to protect his home town and loved ones. It has become a piece of him, an extra limb, and gives Abu reassurance that it will preserve his “dignity and honour”.

With his gun in one hand and embracing his son with the other he states that he fights to defend the children of Syria.

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Surviving In A Ghost Town, Halep, Syr...
Aleppo, Syria
By Michele Pero
02 Dec 2012

Downtown Halep, quarters of Bustan al-Pasha and Sakhour, December 2012.
The town is partially controlled by the brigades of the Free Syria Army. Snipers, hidden in isolated buildings, necessitate a fast crossing through the large and open avenues. Some people try to continue their normal life downtown, still living in their houses, even if the majority have left for the refugee camps at the borders of the country.

MIGs and helicopters of the Bashar Al Assad regime are continuously releasing rockets and barrel-bombs over the buildings. A quick look at the sky, some strikes, the blast and gray smoke lifts not too far from where we are. Another building hit, some people wounded and injured will be soon added to the list.

Daily life in Halep is pretty scary. The regime is now releasing big barrels filled with explosives. They release these bombs over the town, anywhere they like. No targets are aimed. They throw them here and there. No one is safe in any shelter. Shelters actually don’t work. Halep is a very ancient town and buildings are very weak. In spite of that, some citizens are still keeping their homes there, still trying to lead a normal life, together with the rebels of the Free Syria Army which fight on two front lines: one against the regular forces of the regime, one other against the Kurdish minority which supports the regime. In the middle, the citizens of Halep, try to survive in a ghost town, partially destroyed, under the daily bombings of such madness.

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Protesting Israeli Strikes In Gaza (6...
ESCWA, Beirut, Lebanon
By hussein baydoun
15 Nov 2012

The Lebanese Communist Party and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine demonstrated in front of the ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) building in Beirut, Lebanon, demonstrating against the Israeli strikes inside the Gaza Strip on Thursday, November 15, 2012.
Photo: Hussein Beydoun

إعتصام لحزب الشيوعي اللبناني والجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين مقابل مبنى اسكوا في بيروت ضد مجازر الاسرائليين في قطاع غزة. بيروت ، لبنان . تصوير : حسين بيضون

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Wasted young Libya 11
By Melanie Wenger
24 Sep 2012

As insecurity blights Tripoli, Corinthia Hotel - like other hotels in the city - employs a katiba (batallion) of a militia to be in charge of security. Militias (affiliated with Libya Dawn), whose work at hotels grants them access to important business places for gun and drug trafficking, are considered the only reliable armed groups since the army consists of young, underpaid soldiers. "When there is trouble, they don't get involved. Their pay is not worth their lives," explains a member of one of the militias. The government provides any militia member with around $700, which is about $300 more than the average salary in Libya.

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Iran’s War Zone Pilgrims
Iran
By mianeh
02 Aug 2011

Children play amongst the hulks of wartime armoured vehicles.

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Libya (6 of 40)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
09 Jun 2011

A child stands in front of a collection of unexploded mortar shells at a home in Misrata, Libya, 09 June 2011. The house, home to a number of woman and children, was also the workshop of a self proclaimed weapons expert making IED's from unexploded munitions which were scattered around the house and its neighbouring buildings. GEORGE HENTON.

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Khamis Special Forces كتيبة خميس [HQ]
Tripoli, Libya
By ttmlibya
21 Feb 2011

Each car is carrying four persons, each armed with an AK-47, and circulating around Tripoli and the nearby districts