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Life and death in Aleppo (PHOTOS)
Global Post ^ | September 7, 2012 | Tracey Shelton

Posted on 09/08/2012 9:24:34 PM PDT by JerseyanExile

Earlier this week, I was filming a feature on life on the frontlines of Aleppo, Syria. I was camping out with the men of Noor Den al-Zenke batallion, who man a two-block stretch of back streets that now forms the final line between government troops and opposition forces.

This narrow street had become a makeshift home for the men. Lounge chairs salvaged from abandoned homes formed an area for chatting and drinking tea. Meals were prepared on a grass mat in the middle of the street. We slept in a room on the lower floor in case of air raids. Lookouts were posted at each street corner to both watch and listen for new sniper positions and approaching troops and tanks.

On this morning, the men were relaxed and joking around as they cleaned their area from a tank attack the day before. That time, they had been prepared and the tank had fired too short. This time, the assault came with little warning.

As the cloud of smoke engulfed the street we ran back and frantically waited for the others to escape through the dust and debris. But no one came. In that split second, three men were reduced to broken, bleeding masses.

After a few minutes of disorientation, a vehicle arrived to transport the bodies. The survivors washed away the blood and flesh in a heartbreaking clean up.

New fighters came to take their posts. And the battle continued.

From left to right: Issa Aiash, 30, father of three, his young brother Ahmed, 17, and Sheihk Mamoud, 42, father of a newborn son, laugh and joke as they clean their post Saturday.

A call comes through that a tank was spotted nearby. The men immediately grab weapons.

Within seconds the tank blast has already hit.

Debris and smoke fill the street around 30 meters back - covering me and the camera in dust.

This man was the only survivor.

He escaped with injuries.

It took several minutes before the dust cleared enough to check for more survivors, but there was nothing we could do.

TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: aleppo; syria; syriancivilwar

1 posted on 09/08/2012 9:24:39 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

Looks like a bit of photo editing here and there....

2 posted on 09/08/2012 9:55:23 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: JerseyanExile

Cool, a few more terrorists ride a bus.

3 posted on 09/08/2012 10:00:40 PM PDT by cunning_fish (.)
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To: cunning_fish
I guess the leader of Syria, Bashar AlAsad seriously doesn't want to end up a dead Gadaffi puppet manipulated by the sadistic "loving" hands of the "Muslim Brotherhood".

Sadly these three guys are now in Hell and realize all too late... Islam, Mohammed and the Koran LIED: no pornographic Muslim "paradise", no 72 doe-eyed virgins, no, perpetual hard-ons so they can have never ending sex with them and little boys forever. But the good news is 3 less terrorists we have to worry about.

4 posted on 09/08/2012 11:49:04 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: JerseyanExile
If I may be so bold as to play the role of devil's advocate, this is a perfect example of why Satan is named in the bible "the god of this world" - he knows what he's doing. It reminds me of the movie Needful Things. One day soon there will be scenes like this here in America - I hope to be gone by then...
5 posted on 09/09/2012 5:17:41 AM PDT by nomodem
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