My friends Muhammed Al-Khudair, Charlie Mink and I did some work for VICE magazine in the fall, crafting a survey of Free Syrian Army and translating some video and audio interviews. The result was basically fact-checking, quote-grabbing and contextualizing for a feature about the legendary war photographer Robert King’s second foray into Syria’s conflict. At the end of the article there are a series of vignettes that Muhammad and I put together of FSA members.
This article was originally published at SISMEC. Hejazis, Palestinians, Iraqis, Chechens…and now Syrians Sometime in the morning of June 21, Syrian pilot Colonel Hassam Merei al-Hamade walked across the tarmac of the al-Dumair military airport and climbed into the cockpit of a Russian-made MiG-21 fighter jet, determined to desert. The colonel took off rapidly to avoid radar detectors and flew 110 miles south. Air command lost contact with the jet as it left Syrian airspace at 10:34am. By 11-o’clock, the colonel [...]
Thousands of pro-Assad supporters praised Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and foreign intelligence chief Mikhail Fradkov as they visited Damascus on Wednesday. At the same time, about a 100 miles away, Syrian military forces indiscriminately bombed the city of Homs. The Russian envoy’s presence was perceived as confirming the Kremlin’s support of its sole Middle Eastern ally, following a joint veto of UN with China heavily criticized internationally but celebrated and defended in the Iranian and Chinese press. A [...]
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