Posts tagged with ‘syria

If you’re curious as to exactly how much of Iraq and Syria is controlled by ISIS right now, Wikipedia has this handy map. Dark red covers areas firmly under the command of ISIS and the lighter red are areas they’re claiming. That’s not at all an insignificant chunk of territory.

If you’re curious as to exactly how much of Iraq and Syria is controlled by ISIS right now, Wikipedia has this handy map. Dark red covers areas firmly under the command of ISIS and the lighter red are areas they’re claiming. That’s not at all an insignificant chunk of territory.

ISIS declares its captured territories in Iraq and Syria an Islamic caliphate called “The Islamic State”

With success in capturing and holding large portions of territory from Iraq and parts of Syria, the insurgent group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has formally declared itself as a caliphate, or an Islamic nation, and changed its name simply to “The Islamic State”. In a statement, ISIS said it had fulfilled the dream of establishing a worldwide center for Sunni Islam, with the group’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi a “leader for Muslims everywhere”. This put’s ISIS’s new self-defined nation right in the middle of an already ongoing struggle for Iraqi Kurdistan to separate itself from Iraq, with several world leaders saying they support an independent Kurdistan. So now you’ve got Syria well into civil war, Iraq having multiple states and quasi-states overlapping each other for control of the region, and despite the US making some diplomatic triumphs, things have gone from bad to worse to worser in a short period of time, and this is well beyond what one or two outside nations alone can handle.

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Vice video of the day: ‘The American Jihadist: Eric Harroun In His Own Words’

Story of an American who ends up joining a Syrian militant group, back when the camel shit was hitting the fan there.

Morning music: The oldest known melody, the Hurrian Hymn, from around 1600 BC

The Oldest known musical melody performed by the very talented Michael Levy on the Lyre. This ancient musical fragment dates back to 1400 B.C.E. and was discovered in the 1950’s in Ugarit, Syria. It was interpreted by Dr. Richard Dumbrill.

Banksy video thing of the day: “Rebel Rocket Attack”

Banksy posted this video to his website the other day. It’s a video of a group of Syrian rebels shooting down a flying cartoon elephant. First the Syrian government uses chemical weapons and now cartoon elephants? THIS IS THE RED LINE.

IHC After Dark: Stop worrying about Syria…

I guess this really puts the whole Syria situation into perspective. 

Syria Internet down; What is causing the Internet Blackout?

“At around 18:45 UTC OpenDNS resolvers saw a significant drop in traffic from Syria.
On closer inspection it seems Syria has largely disappeared from the Internet.”

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IHC After Dark: Al-Qaeda’s connection to the Syrian insurgency with CIA support

The US has been kinda-not-so-covertly directly supporting the Syrian insurgency through arms and other weapons via the CIA, but this video alleges that many of these Syrian insurgents are directly linked to or are highly sympathetic of Al-Qaeda’s war on America and the CIA knows it.

Syrian covers for famous PS2 games

Is Robocop moonlighting as a private security guard in Candyland? 

NBC reporter Richard Engel and crew freed from kidnapping in Syria

Several days ago, rumors began to spread that NBC reporter Richard Engel (above center), Turkish reporter Aziz Akyavas (above left) and NBC photographer John Kooistra (above right) were being held captive inside Syria. After denying the reports as to not inflate their value to the kidnappers and further complicate the situation, NBC reported last night that the three had been freed and were now safely in Turkey.

Read more and watch a video of the three talking about their captivity here

Syrian rebels build a tank out of a car chassis, scrap metal and a game controller

When you’re engaged in a really nasty civil war, you often have to try and make do with what you have to get an edge anywhere you can. Not having the might of the Syrian army behind them, a group of Syrian rebels built this tank out of car parts, scrap steel and a game controller. 

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Syrian government shuts down internet and cell service inside the country, could be a sign of shit about to hit the fan

Things have been rough in Syria for a while now, as the bloody civil war drags on between pro-Assad government forces and rebels trying to overthrow the current Syrian government. In a sign that a messy situation is about to get even messier, the Syrian government has shut down all internet service and most cell service inside the country.

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From Syria: A bizarre photo, taken just a split second after a tank shell explodes
This is the scene just a second before. As you can see, the shell has exploded, but no one has changed position. There hasn’t even been enough time to pass for their brains to react to the fact that they’re in the middle of a deadly explosion.
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From Syria: A bizarre photo, taken just a split second after a tank shell explodes

This is the scene just a second before. As you can see, the shell has exploded, but no one has changed position. There hasn’t even been enough time to pass for their brains to react to the fact that they’re in the middle of a deadly explosion.

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Followup: There is no “Gay Girl in Damascus”. It was all a hoax from one guy

Last week, we told you the story of an openly lesbian blogger in Damascus, Syria by the name of Amina Araff. For years, she had posted on her blog about government crackdowns and harassments in her home country and then last week, she was “abducted”. But… there was no such blogger. It was all a long and detailed hoax, perpetuated over a number of years by 40 year old Tom McMaster of Georgia. That’s the douchenozzle above on the right.

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