Embedded with Al-Qaeda in Syria: ISIS and al-Nusra

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Three years ago, an uprising against the Assad regime turned into what looked like a straightforward civil war between Syrian government forces and rebels. However, over time, what had started as a largely secular opposition movement began to take on more of a radical Islamist tone, with two al Qaeda offshoots -- the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra -- becoming the dominant forces on the ground across the rebel-held North.

One VICE filmmaker managed to secure unprecedented access to both al-Qaeda factions battling Syria's government forces, despite the risk of journalists being kidnapped. This is a remarkable portrait of the foreign volunteers and local Syrians willing to fight and die to establish a new caliphate on Europe's doorstep.



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Surrounded, outnumbered, and outgunned, in 2019 ISIS is on the brink of total defeat in Syria. We went to frontlines of the brutal, final fight against the jihadist group.

Author — VICE News

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that little blonde girl is more intelligent than every zombified grown men in the video.

Author — r.yalin kiliç

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Everyone in this vid is probably dead by now

Author — Kike Campillo Herring

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"We have only one Abu Ali." Bro that was God telling you not to go. 8:24

Author — molanlabexm15

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Who is the guy filming this? He has balls of steel going to these places. I like him.

Author — Nathan Petrovski

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Horrible. This is a true brainwashing. Look at those poor kids. No future, no hope.

Author — Nazim Hajiyev

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Imagine leaving such a nice beautiful little sister, to die for nonsense.

Author — ColleaM4

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***It breaks my heart to know that the little girl would have lost his brother by now.
But he was destined to die, the day he picked up weapon.
Hoping peace to return on this earth soon.

Author — Gaurav Singh

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8:17 proof that children do understand what martyrs means, and she doesnt want her big brother to die. She replies with no. Man that was intense....Imagine how these children are indoctrinated over the years.

Author — Osman Ay

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Great job Vice News, you made this in 2014, when isis was just emerging...and time proved that you were scratching the right place. Thanks!

Author — Ard ziadpur

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That little girl talking to Abu Ali about "we only have one, Abu Ali " is breaking my heart. It is terrible that the only sane voice is that of a child.

Author — Kari Kidd

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They say “peace be upon allah” before they speak about anything else and then go and do the most evil things in human history

Author — Donald J. Trump aka your daddy

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8:22 The kid playing with the trigger of the gun. LOL

Author — Lankey Bastard

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Sitting here in 2020, I wonder if any of them could imagine the ruins that would be left in just a few short years..

Author — BeerGrills

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I feel sorry for the actually secular rebels, their entire cause is destroyed

Author — AlternateHistoryHub

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The mobs: sudhxhdyxbdte eooendydhe iejebehdhehe

Me: have a snickers your never your self when your hungry

Author — iDestroy_gamer05

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"protect the woman" lmao they inslave woman thetr a joke they are rite about the government though they should be in jail

Author — Mr Robocop

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Those poor brainwashed kids not even shaving yet, they are doing same indoctrination as Nazi's.

Author — Carol Lee

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I can't take a jihadist that sounds like Ali-G seriously :D

Author — asmit317ify

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“We only have one Abu Ali” that made me tear up cause that kid (Abu) was brain washed into believing jihadism.

Author — Inkaz2